MIMMO Play Café was founded in 2018, inspired by the values of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.  Our mission was to create a beautiful rich space in the Farmington Valley where children and caregivers could thrive. We chose the name MIMMO – a term of endearment in Italy meaning “little one”- because of it’s meaning and the ease with which children can say it. From that moment, MIMMO became a destination for play and discovery.

The “play cafe” – a space designed for both children and adults where you can find classes, drop-in play time, workshops and more also gave parents a chance to socialize, shop and connect with others. It was truly designed to be a community and space for the modern day family. For two years, we evolved and continued to push through the average, to create something beautiful that was shared. The Reggio approach affirms that a child’s joy and development comes comes from being engaged rather than entertained. It may feel different at first and it may be difficult to see learning through this abstract way of sparking wonder and curiosity. But trust us when we let you know that the more your child is exposed to MIMMO, they will begin to see learning differently and parents will as well. It isn’t about our agenda. Our job as facilitators is to create intentional invitations for to play and learn in a clean and cozy space for both adults and their caregivers.

Fast forward to 2020, when the world changed and our very survival required that we use our imaginations to find a way to bring play to kids at home and to make our in-studio experience more personalized and safe.  The heartbeat of MIMMO will stay the same, but we are introducing a new studio experience, an expanded retail and e-commerce centerpiece and at-home options to engage your child(ren) in meaningful play and activities.  

Learn more about the Reggio Emilia approach here.


The pleasure of learning, of knowing, and of understanding is one of the most important and basic feelings that every child expects from the experiences he confronts alone, with other children, or with adults. It is a crucial feeling which must be reinforced so that the pleasure survives even when reality may prove that learning, knowing, and understanding involve difficulty and effort. It is in this very capacity for survival that pleasure is transformed into pure joy.
–Loris Malaguzzi