pookie play date : mo phillips!

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mo phillips. holy warm crap i adore this man. seb and i have booped and bopped all over town to check out the big assortment of kid musicians p-town is currently offering. they are all good. mo is the best. mo is effervescent. mo is energetic. mo is entertaining. mo performs mad original music that he writes and composes (shout-out to “occasional yogurt”, a personal fav), a lot of which is done with his two sons and elementary school students. if mo were a sandwich shop, he’d be Brass Tacks (his favorite nbd). plus the man has a kiss ass sense of humor and that “it” thing. he loves what he does and the chillrun, that’s right, chillrun can tell. i look forward to every friday morning at 10am so that seb and i can bike (when it’s nice) or drive (when it’s nasty) to the Treehouse kid shop/play room and spend the next hour with mo. mo phillips 2

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i have memorized my favorite tunes of his and sing them back to seb ad nauseam all the damn time. mo treats the chillrun like the mini half-cooked cartoon-like characters they are and all us grown folk appreciate the levity he brings to what might be a bonkers stressed out parenting day. example; there’s a song where he asks the chillrun to shout out different animals for his, “go to sleep” song and one week, a little one offered up something decidedly non-animal, like toaster oven or crackers or something to that effect. and mo loved it. ate it up. was like, “that’s amazing, yes, toaster oven, ‘let’s go with it” and put it in the song where an animal usually goes. i was already drinking the kool-aid and in that instance, i was like, yeah, this dude is the truth. he is endearingly silly and young at heart and i hope he stays that way forever.

go see him whenever, wherever you can. some weeks, the Treehouse is packed and other weeks a smaller crowd shows up. either way is a solid time. plus the room he performs in is perfect – chillrun can be present in the magical mo bubble or wander around the room and play with tons of toys; a train table, a kitchen set-up, buckets filled with puzzles, building blocks and interactive toys plus there’s a separate little room where the chillrun can hide away and play or in the case of my son, retreat to poop.

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he also plays happy hour every week across the street on Williams Ave. at Poa Cafe, the fam-friendly spot i yammered on about here. sip on an adult bevvy with actual alcohol in it or suck down a yummy chillrun-friendly smoothie with a side of nutritional yeast-dusted popcorn. either way, you’re golden.

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mo’ mo! mo’ mo! mo’ mo! but for reals, go see and support this dude. he’s the goat of chillrun musicians.

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*eight. the number of times the word chillrun was used in this post kay thanks*

pookie play date : poa cafe!

poa cafe in portland oregon

poa cafe in portland oregon


Poa Café

4025 North Williams Avenue
(503) 954-1243

poacafe.com

Saturday 8am-7pm / Sunday 8am-4pm


poa cafe in portland oregon

poa cafe in portland oregon

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i don’t think there’s a coffee shop in town that i haven’t had one too many vanilla lattes at while spending one too many hours in, poured over fashion magazines i splurged on at Rich’s Cigar Store. my “free coffee” punch card game is banging. before Sebe, this was one of my most favorite things to do if i had a lazy morning opportunity. post Sebe, those mornings are few and far between.

poa cafe in portland oregon

poa cafe in portland oregon

but not all is lost. there is Poa. when i heard there was a new café in town that was not only child-tolerant but child-ready-willing-and-able, i could not wait to drag my spit-up covered self and newborn in to check the place out. with its bright white walls, tables and chairs, i remember initially thinking, well this is way too pretty for the smudgey likes of children, there must be a mistake. but there wasn’t. run by a husband and wife team who have two littles, Poa is the perfect balance of getting to order that beloved latte and drink it too. it’s filled with pretty parents who can order house-made pastries (sweet brioche buns stuffed with sugary ricotta! seasonal breads!), fresh fruit and veggie smoothies (matcha green tea with greek yogurt and protein powder! avocado with banana and flax seeds!) plus full breakfast, lunch and kiddo-centric menus.

poa cafe in portland oregon

poa cafe in portland oregon

the front of the house is filled with seating and community tables, along with plenty of high chairs to go around and a basket of good glossies that could keep a girl like me there until way past naptime (Kinfolk! New York Times Style Magazine!). back of the house is all for the wees – carpeted area filled with building blocks, toys and extra-wide rockers perfect for nursing (tested and approved), a huge chalkboard wall, an interactive space with toy kitchens and mini-height tables perfect for your child to self-snack or start typing their novel (autobiography?) on one of many loose keyboards.

poa cafe in portland oregon

poa cafe in portland oregon

they also have a bookshelf brimming with the coolest collection of international kids books i’ve ever seen. plus they have weekly get the fuck out the house (which i’ll just create my own acronym for since i feel like i will be using it a lot so let’s just call it, “gtfoth”, shall we?) events like Spanish story time (the woman who comes for this is awesome. there are bubbles.), music with people like Mr. Ben (he does guitar covers from, “Frozen” and, “The Sound of Music”) and other awesome local pop-up stuff (they had a world mapmaking class from Carson Ellis, the illustrator behind “Wildwood”!). plus they have adult happy hours that come with a bowl of popcorn (organic. sprinkled with nutritional yeast.) and coincide with family film night. i love this place.

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