We moved out of our Smiley Building location in May 2020 and into a new location with The La Plata Family Centers Coalition! We have an awesome new outdoor space that is toddler friendly and open Monday through Saturday mornings. There are three separate fenced in play areas for toddlers to explore, so come check us out!
EXCITING NEWS! Starting November 1st, 2021, our beautiful indoor play space will be open on a reservation only basis. We are currently limiting reservations to one group no more than 10 people (adults and children) per day on weekdays from 10-noon or from 3-5pm. Please visit our online reservations page for more details. Thank you for your support and patience!
Click HERE to read more about our decision to move and future plans.
What is Cafe au Play?
For many parents, extended family is far away. The vision of Cafe au Play is community, friendship and peer support. Our mission is to provide a safe space for parents and youth to gather, share ideas, find friends and nurture healthy relationships.
Cafe au Play services include:
- Toddler-friendly enclosed play space -
- Classes, playgroups and support for parents of young children -
- Evening cafe events for youth gatherings and "Date Night" -
- Breastfeeding Support and Parenting Skills -
Cafe au Play is a non-profit organization with fiscal sponsorship through the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado. The Durango Cafe au Play is now co-located with the La Plata Family Centers Coalition at 495 Florida Road in downtown Durango. To access our outdoor play area, walk to the left of the building.
Our indoor space is open on a reservation basis starting in October 2021! Visit our online reservation page for more information and to reserve time for you and your "circle of safety" to visit! To access our indoor play area, enter to the left side of the Main Church building. You will see an awning with signage for the La Plata Family Centers Coalition on the left. Enter through that door and immediately turn right once in the building. You'll see the Cafe au Play entrance at the end of the hallway.
Our free baby meet-up for non-walkers has now moved to our new location outdoors. We do plan to move this indoors with specific mask wearing and age rules. More to come as plans finalize.
Playspace and meet-ups
Our indoor play space is NOW OPEN on a reservation basis! Read more about reserving space and rules for visiting HERE.
We currently provide open play opportunities outdoors on our fenced in playground Monday through Friday mornings from 9:30-12:30p and Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:00p
Our baby group is on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Visits to our both our indoor and outdoor space is FREE, so come visit!
At times, being a child or parent is hard! Part of our mission is to support parents and children experiencing challenges.
Children and youth living with developmental delays or challenging health conditions such as autism, epilepsy or type 1 diabetes, may themselves benefit from peer support in addition to their parents.
Contact us for more information!
We offer a variety of activities for children and parents including:
- Parenting Classes (prenatal, lactation, nutrition, potty training, child behavior, sleep problems, etc.) -
- Arts and crafts -
- Story time -
Follow us on Facebook and check our calendar for the latest updates, and contact us for special requests!
Kelly Tregillus, one of the co-founders, moved to Durango from San Francisco in 2016 and was disappointed to see the lack of support and space in Durango to take her, then, 9 month old daughter to meet other moms or unwind in a child friendly cafe. She also worked from home and found the change to remote work a little isolating at times, prompting her to work from coffeeshops several days a week for a change of pace.
Not prepared to move to Durango, Kelly's daughter was not on any childcare lists, therefore, she had to patch together a nanny, mother in law and a 2 day per week childcare center to continue working. If any of those options weren't available, she had to try to work (distracted!!) and attempt to poorly supervise her daughter. That and the isolation from other parents and families lead to the concept of Durango Cafe au Play.
Liza Tregillus, the other co-founder is a mother of four, now adult, children. After moving to Durango from Chicago with her two oldest boys, then 5 and 1 years old, she missed the family daycare co-op she had led in the city. Liza quickly found her niche at the Mother's Center of Durango (now called The Family Centers Coalition) and experienced first hand how a sense of community can enhance a family's ability to thrive in Durango.
New and expecting parents in La Plata county have limited convenient local resources or spaces to take classes, meet new friends and have assistance with childcare. There is a lack of support for families of young children and most cafes are not family friendly, not to mention there is a shortage of easily accessible, reliable, affordable, quality childcare options.
Our ideal space will provide not just an engaging play space, but also a drop-in childcare option for children while the parent remains onsite. We provide desk space for parents or caregivers to work, check emails, make calls, etc. in a separate area from their children while they are supervised by a trained and experienced staff member. Space is also allocated for various meetups and classes, rental space for classes/groups/parties, and an option for an occasional date night.
Meet our founding team, Kelly and Liza!
Kelly is a Fort Lewis Alum with a background in business development, account management and sales. She works remotely at home for a company based in San Francisco, California. Kelly is a Board Member and acting in an advisory role to the Cafe along with volunteering her time to help with cafe operations.
Liza, MSW, is a local Parent/Youth Coach and Play Therapist. Liza was previously the Director at the Family Centers Coalition of Durango where many parents were involved as peer leaders for play groups, parenting classes and other activities.
Liza has over 30 years of experience in health and human services and is responsible for developing the Durango Cafe au Play space and group calendar. Liza will offer training to volunteer parents interested in leading groups and coordinates cafe activities. She is also available for community resource and referral information.
In addition, Liza coordinates a peer mentor project for youth living with challenging health conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, autism, TBI, depression, etc). Liza leads peer support groups for their parents as well as coordinating teens and young adults that mentor others. Her passion is peer support, and she is excited that the Cafe au Play space is an incubator for connection. The cafe hosts parents of young children during the day, and older youth activities in the evenings.