Hours, Location and Directions

OPEN PLAY HOURS (Through April 2017):Cafe4

MONDAY through SATURDAY: 9:30AM to 8:00PM
SUNDAY
: 11:00AM to 5:00PM

On Sundays evenings we are closed for Open Play but available for private, exclusive-use birthday parties and full facility rentals.  Please see our Party Planning Guide for more information.

Special Event Hours

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS: Periodically we hold special events on Friday and Saturday evenings starting DSC_3577around 5:00pm.  These special events typically have a special pricing due to our extra costs.  Open Play typically closes an hour before the special event starts.  Please check our “Cafe O’Play Event Calendar” for information on these upcoming special events.

Location

We are located at 911 Graham Rd. Suite 27 in Stow, OH. We are accessible off the Graham Rd. Exit on Route 8 and are located in the Graham Square Plaza directly left of the Walmart parking lot and behind Subway!  Most GPS programs bring you to the entrance to Graham Square Plaza off of Graham Rd.  When using this entrance, drive in and when the entranceway comes to an end where you are facing Tubbs Chiropratic and Save A Lot, turn right.  Cafe O’Play is located at the eastern edge of the plaza.

 

Map & Directions

 

DSC_3570From the south (Akron): Take Rt. 8 north to the Graham Rd. exit.  Turn left onto Graham Rd. Turn right at the second light which is Hudson Drive. Very soon after this turn, take a left into the driveway between Game Stop & Subway, you will see Cafe O’Play in the plaza in back of these businesses. We are directly left of the Walmart parking lot and behind Subway & Game Stop..

From the north (Cleveland): Take Rt. 8 South to the Graham Rd exit toward Silver Lake/Stow. Turn right onto Graham Rd. Turn right at the first light which is Hudson Drive. Very soon after this turn, take a left into the driveway between Game Stop & Subway, you will see Cafe O’Play in the plaza in back of these businesses. We are directly left of the Walmart parking lot and behind Subway & Game Stop.

 

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Tickets now available for our Mommy and Me Tea!! We will be live later on with a preview of activities for this special VIP event. ...

Mommy and Me Tea!

May 7, 2017, 9:30am - May 7, 2017, 11:00am

Sunday May 7th, 9:30am-12:00pm. Celebrate Mom/Grandma/Aunt or other favorite women in your life at Cafe O’Play during this private event. For $25 per adult and child duo you’ll get admission to the Play Area, sandwiches, fruit, veggies, tea, juice and coffee. There will be a craft available to do with your child. One flower for each duo to plant together and you will each receive a cookie to decorate. There will also be fun door prizes and giveaways. Each additional adult or child is $15.

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My 7 year-old face turned beet red and I wanted nothing more than to be swallowed whole by the church pew.

All eyes in the church turned around and smiled at little ol’ me.

Young and old alike let out a collective, “Aww…..”

My father, a pastor, had just told the congregation a story about something I said to him during the week. Out of the blue I had told him, “Guess what, Dad?” “What?” he said. “I love you!”

What he had shared as an anecdote about love for his sermon backfired on him. From the pulpit, he noticed I looked like a deer in headlights.

He had put me on the spot and I was embarrassed.

Later in the day, my Dad found me and apologized for making me feel uncomfortable. He proposed that in the future, he would always ask me first if it was ok if he shared a story about something I said or did.

All was forgiven and I felt respected and heard. He never again shared something about me without asking me first.

Ah...the trials of being a Pastor's Kid.

Or PK, for those of you in the know.

Us PKs are a certain breed.

One thing we know, is that we are likely to be the last family to leave the church after services. There was always one more person that Mom or Dad had to touch base with, or some part of the building that needed to be locked up.

I’m convinced this is how my parents taught me the concept of eternity, because that’s how long it took for us to leave.

We also knew that weekends are for other people. For our parents, the weekend was the focus of all the preparation and prayer during the week. After Sunday services were over, Mom and Dad were TIRED! Especially Dad. There was a mandatory rest time Sunday afternoons, and even if we didn’t want to rest, we sure had to be quiet if we were in the house!

This is even more true over the holidays. High and holy days took even more energy and focus. There is nothing like the relief a clergyman feels once all of the holiday services are over.

But despite this and all of the “pressure” of being a PK, I’m grateful for the foundation of faith my parents provided me. They introduced me to the most important Person of all and gave me lots of opportunities to grow in my faith and make it my own.

At Cafe O’Play, we understand that after holidays like Passover or Easter, families of clergy can really use a chance relax and reconnect in something that is just for them.

That’s why we are really excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual Faith Leaders Appreciation Night, April 23rd, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We are providing the food and fun for free (due to limited space, this is for church/synagogue staff-only). We want our area clergy to know they are appreciated, valued and are deserving of unique time together as a family.

Do you have a faith leader you want to make sure can take advantage of this event? Please tag this article or share the opportunity with them. This is ideal for families who have children in our target age and height range (see our website for details: www.cafeoplay.com) and could include nieces or nephews or grandchildren if the ages best accommodate them. Participants must register ahead so we can plan appropriately for food and staffing. faithappreciation.eventbrite.com

It’s not everyone who gets what it’s like to grow up in a family of clergy, but from one PK to all you others out there, hang in there.

I know it’s not easy sometimes. But I hope you will be as grateful someday as I am.
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