Backyard Play Cafe hosts 'Parents Night Out'

On Valentines’ Day weekend, Backyard Play Cafe will host “Parent’s Night Out,” an event where parents can drop their kids off for a little fun.

Patrons and their children can pick from a variety of drink and snack items. at Backyard Play Cade, pictured above. Apparel is also sold at the coffee shop in Dickinson. (M.C. Amick/The Dickinson Press)

Backyard Play Café in Dickinson will be offering parents an opportunity get away and enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend, as their children play on state of the art indoor gym equipment.

The café will be hosting “Parent’s Night Out” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12-13, with 90-minute play date sessions.

Backyard Play Café officially opened the first weekend of October 2020. The café features a variety of snack and drink offerings for parents and their children from lattes, cappuccino, frappuccino, along with other coffee drinks. Brandvik said the coffee beans come from Twenty Below Coffee Co. in Fargo.

“Anything you could imagine coffee wise, we can make it for you,” Brandvik said.

For those who aren’t coffee drinkers, Backyard Play Cafe offers new Lotus energy drinks, which Brandvik believes is a healthier alternative to the average energy drink due to their plant-based energy source.


Children can choose from a variety of snack and drink options such as hot cocoa, smoothies and steamers — which are flavored steamed milk drinks. Other options consist of all-natural gummy products, juice boxes, bottled water and soda pop.

The cafe also offers cookies and muffins provided by the Gladstone bakery, The Cake Life.

Located at 193 24th St. E Suite 105 and kitty-corner to Walmart, the idea for this type of fun, interactive cafe was brainstormed by owner Layne Brandvik and his wife, Betsy, after a long stretch of traveling. The couple began seeking out a place where they could take their four children so that they could enjoy various offerings. While traveling, they noticed a trend of restaurants with indoor playgrounds and then decided to bring one to Dickinson.

“We traveled a lot before (COVID-19) and whenever we were in a major city, we were trying to find things for all of us to do, so that we could bring our kids along…” Brandvik said. “We also saw a trend happening where these play cafes (were) showing up … (It was) like a full service coffee bar; some of them even had food and it was a relaxing spot for parents to congregate. It was a nice spot for the kids to play indoors.”

Walk-ins are welcome, Brandvik said. However, reserving a playdate on the cafe’s website is recommended. Brandvik then explained that the “playdate” structure allows staff time in between to perform regular sanitized cleanings.

As for the cafe’s future, Brandvik said he is very optimistic. Though the coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses across the nation, Brandvik remains hopeful of his business.

For more information visit the Backyard Play Café social media page, or call (701) 483-3662 .


Backyard Play Cafe, pictured above, features a variety of comfortable places for adults to relax with a cup of coffee as their children play on the playground. (M.C. Amick/The Dickinson Press)

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