Similar to a growing family in shrinking house, Play Café Peterborough is moving from their Brookdale Plaza location.  They move into their new home at 1434 Chemong Rd Unit 1 & 2  on November 1st with an open house set for mid November.

Play Café is known for its cozy, warm environment for children to create, explore, play, and connect with new friends.  This indoor play space boasts crafts, activities, toys, puzzles, books, and gross motor equipment to keep little ones busy.   They host a variety of classes focusing on creativity and family wellness including yoga for kids and adults, mom + baby groups, and family paint nights.  The new space will also feature an outdoor classroom.

An online review obtained from a regular visitor is a sentiment shared by many on the review page: that “Play Cafe Peterborough is somewhere my kids look forward to going each time. The activity centres, toys and books are rotated frequently so that it feels “new” and exciting each time we go.”  Highly recommended by this mom, she shares “This space has saved my sanity many times! Sarah and her staff are wonderful and make you feel like old friends.”

To date, parents and children enjoy the comfortable and welcoming environment Sarah Susnar has created over the last four years in business.  Parents are drawn to the space because of its clean and safe environment that’s fun for kids and relaxing for parents.

With a fully booked monthly calendar and sold out classes, Sarah is enjoying a busy season offering classes ranging from Musical Sign Language, Music and Movement, Yoga, infant massage, dance classes, sleep and postpartum workshops, crafts and a newly added preschool program. 

“We are so pleased to be busy with a full calendar and thankful for our amazing customers” says Sarah. “We are going to be able to offer more classes with the new space, including outdoor classes! We will have 2 classrooms separate from the play room and are super excited about that, as it has been tough to try and do everything we want in our current location.”

With her husband and young child in tow, Sarah and her family relocated to Peterborough 10 years ago. She enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Sir Sanford Fleming College while balancing life with two children under three years of age.  After graduating in 2011, Sarah worked for a few years in centre-based care, feeling the pains of the long hours it required.  She wanted more control over the amount of time she spent with her children and took an entrepreneurial leap of faith on a half-decade old idea: a cafe that you could take your kids to and meet with other parents.   “Two years into business we were already outgrowing the space” beams Sarah.  “The need for programming for families was clear, and so I adapted to those family needs.”

With Community Futures Peterborough, Sarah found a partner who cares about her success, and a financier that understands the challenges of small businesses. 

Community Futures Peterborough provides business owners with flexible financing solutions, in depth counselling sessions, along with information sharing through their Financial Foundations workshops.


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Phone: (705) 874-3517