The ball pit was almost constantly occupied by a small clique of under-ones, all wobbling around like Weebles on an 18-30s holiday.
We ended up staying for 2-3 hours and Babu even asked for extra time at the end – her golden seal of approval.
Bab Dad took everything extremely seriously and began painstakingly icing anatomically correct innards onto a gingerbread man.
Owner Emily Ajasa has really tapped in to what adults are looking for in a tot-friendly cafe – i.e. not garishly hued plastic crap.
I will say that I’ve been to a lot of other great messy-play sessions that cost a fifth of the price of Artplay, but it was good, and very messy.
Adam, AKA Bab Dad, has lived in Hampstead for two and a half years. He’s a doctor and dad to Bab, 2, and Margot the cat, 3.
Alana Wilson has lived in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, for 18 months. She is a primary school teacher and English lead and has a one-year-old daughter called Esme Clover.
Sarah Issuree works as a part-time Latin teacher at a prep school in Knightsbridge. She has lived in Brockley for 11 months and has a 15-month-old daughter called Theodora and an eight-year-old step-daughter called Ava.
Huma Qureshi has lived in Crouch End for five years and has three sons: Suffian (4), Sina (nearly 3) and Jude (7 months). Huma owns online lifestyle store Our Story Time and previously worked as a Guardian journalist.
Joanne Finney has lived in Barnes and East Sheen for about 10 years. She works as a journalist on women’s magazines and has a 16-month-old son called Kit.