Café Seraphine is located on the ground floor of MRAG and (more impressively) is adjoined by three sets of bifold glass doors to “the art factory”- a bright, open, exciting art space for children. The art factory is filled with beautiful, engaging art works (all wall mounted and out of reach of sticky fingers), a drawing area, a large cube with cushions and books inside as well as a number of activity tables for the little ones. Every Sunday between 11am-1pm they have free activities for children of all ages.
The café itself is large and eclectic in its décor. There is a number of seating options including couched areas, long shared tables and your standard café seating (tables of 2, 4, 6 and a few 8s). There is also an outdoor area where many families had set up camp in the warm sunny Sunday weather whilst their children roamed the garden and surrounding sculptures. There are at least 4 high chairs that I could count, free secured wifi and the neighbouring gallery disabled toilet had a baby change. Tick, tick, tick!
Whilst there is no official kids menu, our friendly waitress said they do have an off the record one that includes your standard sandwiches – peanut butter, vegemite and the like ($3), as well as a range of pizzas ($6-$8). There are some other items on the breakfast (730am-2:30pm) and all day menu (7:30am-4:30pm) that little tummies would love for morning and afternoon tea including your standard babycino ($2), a mean kids milkshake with marshmallow sprinkles ($4), cupcakes ($3) and their ‘tea cups’ ($3), a sweet little concoction of marshmallow and iced milk biscuits, that look like, you guessed it, little tea cups.
The lunch menu is more limited, but with the off the record kids options, there’s sure to be something to fill your little ones mouth.
We left MRAG very impressed… Whilst the gallery is small (only 11 rooms in total, you could quickly explore the whole place in an hour), the addition of the Free Sunday Arts sessions and the amazing Maitland Park – which is a hop, skip and short 5 minute drive away – could make this a wonderful day trip location for you and the family! So the next Sunday you’re looking for something fun to do together, why not load up the car, head north and let your little Leonardo Da Vinci’s find themselves?