Avid readers would know how great it feels to just be able to curl up in a cosy corner with a good book and spend all of your time in another world. There’s just something about being able to drift off into your own thoughts that makes reading very peaceful.
If you have some time during the weekends, consider bringing your child to this cafe that doubles up as a bookstore so that they, too, can experience the peaceful feeling of getting lost in their own thoughts and world.
A child-centred book cafe
Natventure Book Cafe is a child-centred bookstore that encourages children to express themselves freely and learn to become more independent.
The book cafe is designed to have low floor sitting so that children won’t have to be confined to high chairs. This way, they can move about and even lie down as they please, something that they are usually not allowed to do in stores or even the library.
There are also reading corners with low shelves of books so that the little ones can easily access books that they are interested in reading, whenever they like. The books available here are specially curated based on Natventure Book Cafe’s love for nature and exploration.
Kids can choose to read the browsing copies and even bring home new copies of the books that they would like at the end of the session.
While we all try to handle books with care, little children may be a little less careful in this aspect, which can lead to folds, dents, or even tears.
At Natventure Book Cafe, these little mistakes are not magnified since they can be easily fixed with tape. Instead, they are treated as learning opportunities.
Upon arrival, kids can head to the book cafe’s specially designed learning tower that is placed at the ordering counter so that they can interact with the staff on a less intimidating level. They can then proceed to place an order for the drinks or even cakes that they are craving for.
In order to help them decide what to get, photos of the items available in the book cafe are depicted in the kids menu.
Once their order is ready, they can bring it to their table using the provided little trays with handles. This encourages independence because they don’t have to rely on parents to get their food for them.
Other than ordering drinks, water is also available at the water station. Here, kids can pour their own drinks. If they happen to accidentally spill some water either on the floor or on the countertop, they can use the towels provided to clean up the mess.
The book cafe is also equipped with a special room for anyone who requires some personal space for the time being. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for a child who wants some space to regulate himself, or a mother who is nursing and needs the privacy, the room can be accessed at any time.
There is also a diaper changing station to cater to all the little ones who have yet to be potty-trained.
Natventure Book Cafe is truly a paradise for both parents and kids. This is the first book cafe that prioritises the experience of children and gives them the respect as capable individuals.
If you’re interested to pay the book cafe a visit, do make sure you book a slot beforehand on the Natventure Book Cafe website to avoid disappointment. Each session is 75 minutes long, and you can choose to book a table for four or a table for five.
Natventure Book Cafe is located at 65 Syed Alwi Road, #01-01, Singapore 207644 and is open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. Do note, however, that it is closed on Tuesdays.