Ben sent me this coffee shop hack long before I wrote up my little 5ives tribute on the same topic. Leave it to you people to be more clever than me. Apologies to Ben for the order of the posts.
Ever want to sit and have a coffee with a friend only to be interrupted by your bored baby or toddler? Forget all her toys at home? No problem! Your local coffee shop probably has lots of toys… all of them free! Plastic cutlery is always fun (I suggest spoons for younger kids…). There are also straws, swizzle sticks and cups (which make excellent, and relatively quiet, drums), cardboard cup holder sleeves (put 'em on your toddler's arm… Captain Starbucks, anyone?). The possibilities are endless.