our story

Ask any parent and they will tell you that being a mom or dad is the hardest job in the world.

The famous African proverb states it well: "It takes a village to raise a child." We couldn't understand that more! As two sisters and working moms from the Milwaukee area, we find ourselves leaning on others, now more than ever, as we try to juggle it all. Motherhood, among many things, can be challenging and isolating. We were asking ourselves, "How do we create a village to help parents and caregivers raise these kiddos?" That is how the idea for Bug & Goose Play Cafe was born! You may not see us in the cafe on a daily basis, but we’ve been working hard behind the scenes from the beginning! Like anything in this world, our space has evolved and changed, but bringing the community of caretakers together in a place to play, celebrate, and caffeinate remains the same.

Our intention for this space is that it may be a warm, welcoming, home-like cafe where moms, dads, nannies, grandparents, and other caretakers can find support, acceptance, a comfy place to sit, and have some caffeine.

It is a respite from the harsh winters and sweaty summers, when you are counting the minutes to nap time during the day, and when the nights can be described as sleepless. It is a place for children to engage in imaginative play that will stimulate social, emotional, mental, and physical growth in a safe environment. Lastly, this play cafe gives us a chance to bring together as many children as possible to offer them love, safety, acceptance, and the occasional hot chocolate or cookie. It is our sincerest hope that everyone who enters will feel welcome to be their most authentic self and know that they, and their kiddos, are part of a community that supports them.

welcome to bug & goose!