Small Talk Family Cafe - Places For Kids

Small Talk Family Cafe

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1536 Newell Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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(925) 954-7468
9 am – 3 pm (Mon)
9 am – 6 pm (Tue – Fri)
Weekends vary based on private events (check website or Facebook)
$10 for crawling age and up
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DESCRIPTION FOR Small Talk Family Cafe

Small Talk Family Cafe describes itself as your living room, that you don't have to clean up. The cafe tables and chairs are dispersed through out the 1300 square foot play area. In this way you are able to enjoy your drink or snack and keep an eye on your kiddo at the same time. They have some rules about not letting your child eat and play at the same time, so don't let your children sneak away with food hidden in their pockets. This is in the toys, I mean childs, best interest as it keeps the toys clean. (Probably this would help keep our living rooms clean, too.)

Admission to the play area is $10 per child and grants access to hundreds of...

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TIPS FOR VISITING Small Talk Family Cafe

1. They are busiest between 10 am and 12 pm – so come in the morning or afternoon.  

2. If you get a pass from the cafe you can park in the 1 hour parking spots for as long as you are in the cafe. 

3. Friday nights during the summer offer special activities such as ice cream night or date night. Check the calendar for more information.

BIRTHDAY PARTY AT Small Talk Family Cafe

Telephone: (925) 954-7468


Time: 2-3 Hours, all day on weekends or weekday evenings.

Party price: $99 for 10 kids on weekday, $339+ for 20 kids on the weekend. 

Included: Entire facility to yourself, coffee and soda for adults, kid drinks, paper party supplies, cutlery.

Themes: Over 16 different themes, including trains, superheros, ballerina, or princesses. 

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Customizable: Yes

Bring Your Own: Present for the birthday kid, birthday cake, 

Small Talk Family Cafe offers a variety of customizable birthday parties that make their play space even more appealing to your celebrating child and his friends. With over 16 themes to choose from (including Dinosaurs, Superheros, Zoo Safari, Mermaids, Butterflies, and more) you are sure to find something that your child will remember for...

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