Check out Chalk, Delray’s new indoor play cafe

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By: Rigel Herman Contributing Writer
It’s too hot outside—seriously—our beloved beach and parks feel off-limits this time of year. With temperatures climbing into the 90’s and intermittent rain—being outdoors, especially with kids in tow, is mostly just uncomfortable.
For a hip and fun alternative to the brutal heat—head to Chalk—an inventive play area designed to stimulate curiosity and creative learning in young children through play, and to let moms and dads chill out, too.
Husband and wife, Vladimir and Inna Makhorin, (he’s a Real Estate Portfolio Manager, she just finished Law School at the University of Miami), were inspired by their 5-year-old son. They felt there was a void in kid and parent friendly play areas in Delray, and decided to do something about it. They opened Chalk in March and business is booming.
“There’s nowhere like this around,” says Vladimir, “We’re not a gym. We are an indoor playground with cafe space. Literally a one stop shop for moms and dads who don’t want to worry about their kids while they sit and have a coffee.”
The open concept play area, designed almost entirely by Inna, with help from architect Valentina Devia, features a variety of toys, games and a cedar playground. Within the play space, there are activities appropriate for babies, toddlers and kids—Legos, dress-up clothes, mini-cars and a small ball pit inside a tire, for bouncing, a kid favorite. Though the space is relatively small, it contains hours of kid-friendly, safe activities and plenty of room for lots of little ones.
The kid-space is covered in faux grass, soft and easy to clean, with a strict “No Shoes” policy. Next to the play-space, there are elegant wood floors, cafe tables and sofas, where parents can get comfortable and catch up with a friend, have a snack or check their email.
Chalk serves coffee, bottled water and juice, as well as snacks geared for little ones, (think goldfish crackers and cookies). They will also be serving bagels and sandwiches in the near future. There’s a long, low table for the kids to color or have a snack break, too.
In addition to the play space, Chalk offers a range of classes for babies, toddlers and kids—from Music and Ballet, to Mommy & Me and “Messy Art”. They will also have special events and celebrations for holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up.
Chalk hosts birthday parties as well, on weekends the space is entirely reserved for the celebration, during the week, the space is shared.
The best thing about Chalk? They never kick you out! It’s okay to stay and play for a half hour or for 3-hours. And for the cost of admission, guests can come multiple times a day.
Open Play at Chalk is $12, $6 for siblings. You can buy a pack of 10 for $100, and soon an unlimited monthly membership will be available. Class prices vary as well as hosting private parties.
Located at 151 NE 5th Avenue, just a two blocks north of Atlantic Ave, Chalk is open for play Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm with occasional weekend hours depending on availability.
Check out their website www.chalkdelray.com for more information or find them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/chalkdelray.