The Topiary Pantry – A Hidden Gem in Tea Tree Gully

Our guest blogger, Lauren Hunt from Teacher Types  a blog ‘where teachers and parents of young children can be inspired’, has recently written about the Topiary Pantry – the cafe based in the Library foyer.

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Manager Liz at The Topiary Pantry

‘If you like toys, books, a playground and grassy ovals with your coffee, cake & lunch then this little gem might be the place for you! Nestled within the Tea Tree Gully Library/Council building, The Topiary Pantry is a beautiful and child friendly spot. In one outing with your little one you could attend Baby Bounce & Rhyme at the Library, borrow a book, borrow from the Toy Library, have a coffee & lunch and then wander across Civic Park to play at the playground. It has everything! Plus Tea Tree Plaza is just across the road.

 

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Some of the great meals and desserts on offer

At a glance:

  • High Chairs – Yes
  • Change Facilities – Yes in the Library Foyer area
  • Room for prams – Yes
  • Kids Menu – Yes
  • Play Area – no but Civic Park and the playground is right outside.
  • Activities Provided – not in the café but the Library and Toy Library do!
  • Healthy Kids Meals – Yes
  • Kids Eat Free Deals – No
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I’m just a little bit addicted to hazelnut flavouring in my coffee, and Topiary didn’t disappoint. And of course my little miss got a babychino and made a huge mess!

I’m just a little bit addicted to hazelnut flavouring in my coffee, and Topairy didn’t disappoint. And of course my little miss got a babychino and made a huge mess!

I ordered a delicious salad (pear, parsnip, cos, celery, walnut, feta, bacon & avocado) and house-made banana bread for my little one. The food at the Topiary Pantry feels that little bit more fancy that your regular café. Lots of other yummy choices too and some tasty kids menu treats!

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The great view from the Topiary Pantry

If you like ‘High Tea’ or feel like a Mum & Dad date night out – try the Topiary Café (owned by the same people) at 1363 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully, based at Newman’s Nursery.. Perhaps not as child friendly as the ‘Pantry’ but I’ve heard the food and atmosphere is amazing. It’s on my to-do list!’

You can visit Lauren’s blog here for tips on Early Learning and activity ideas for your little one. The Topiary cafe website is here, and they also have a Facebook!

 

 

 

 

Oh the Joys of Toys!

Lauren Hunt, runs a blog called Teacher Types, a blog ‘where teachers and parents of young children can be inspired‘ and is a regular user of the Tea Tree Gully Toy Library, situated within the regular Library space. She recently wrote a great post about the Toy Library, we thought we’d share some of it here.

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Toy Library space – photo by teacher types

‘All year our family have been members of the Tea Tree Gully Toy Library and it’s become one of my favourite places to visit. We probably go once every 3-4 weeks for a play and a borrow (I love that littlies are encouraged to stay and play). The Toy Library is run by a wonderful group of volunteers and is a not for profit community organisation.

Fun Facts!

  • The Toy Library is located within the City of Tea Tree Gully Library (571 Montague Road Modbury SA)
  • There are more than 3000 items in the Toy Library to choose from.
  • There are 600+ families who borrow those toys.
  • There are 17 friendly volunteers who make the Toy Library run smoothly.
  • It only costs $30 a year to be a member.
  • You can borrow two toys and one puzzle per visit.
  • Their website is here
  • You can pop in to borrow Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Wednesday 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • If you go on a Thursday be sure to also check out Baby Bounce & Rhyme for under 2s from 10:30 – 11am or Toddler Time (2-4s) at 11:30 am in the children’s library area
  • They also lend out the bigger items for party hire – bouncy castle, cars, ball pit, bubble machine, play gym, slide, roller coaster…and much more!
  • Most importantly – young children learn through play, so a community resource like the Toy Library is a way to always have new toys in your home to engage your little one in valuable learning experiences.
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A very popular choice! Cars available for party hire. – photo by teacher types

And they even have costumes you can borrow! Keep this in mind for Book Week next year.

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Some of the costumes to borrow – photo by teacher types

Oooohhh and I nearly forgot to mention, there is even a cafe in the main Library foyer! So you can stop for coffee, lunch or morning/afternoon tea when you borrow your toys and/or books. Very child friendly atmosphere with highchairs, couches and comfy arm chairs.

Thank you TTG Toy Library for helping the littlest members of your community bring the joy of play into their homes. If you live in the area, please consider joining up and supporting a wonderful local organisation.’

Thanks Lauren for such a great user perspective of the Toy Library. It’s awesome to hear how much it is appreciated.