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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | Grounds for Hope


It’s cold outside and the kids are bouncing off the walls – you need to get out of the house and warm up with a hot cup of coffee or tea, decompress with your girlfriends, and let the kids’ burn off some energy. You can do all this PLUS be a part of a World Relief Project at Grounds for Hope Café in Lisle. While the kids are hopping about, you are hanging with your girlfriends; you are also helping to support Feed My Starving Children and Living Water International with your donations and food purchases. A match made in heaven really as the three story playground and multiple play rooms are inside of Trinity Lutheran Church and open to the public for a requested donation of only $5 per visit. Although no outside food and drinks are allowed the menu items are abundant and reasonable for kids and parents alike to enjoy a simple snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Added bonuses are tables near and far from the play center, so if you want a break from active play, enjoy the fireplace and couches with board games and books or a quick check of emails with their free Wi-Fi access. What I love most about this place is there is plenty of space to spread out because there are multiple play rooms for various ages, a variety of toys and a completely separate playhouse and slide structure in another room. The main room features a three story activity center with slides, ramps, a swinging ball, and an interactive maze system geared to children up to age 10. A Little Tikes tree house is perfect for the younger climbers under 2.

When the kids need a change of scenery, head to the back playrooms for an areas full of toys and building blocks, and an additional clubhouse and slide. There is even a bonus room specifically designed for infants and toddlers with age appropriate activities. I have found that we can literally spend hours at the café between the various play rooms while having a bite to eat as well – taking care of the morning energy burn and heading home after lunch for naptime! Grounds for Hope Café also hosts free movie nights, family fun nights, Soccer Shots, fitness classes, POPS (Parents of Preschoolers), and of course, Project Grounds – the mission to bring hope to people around the world.


Grounds for Hope Café, Trinity, 2701 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532

Phone: 630-390-1290


Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

Prices: Requested Donation $5 per visit

Description: Three story playhouse, WonderHouse, infant and toddler playroom, toy room

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