Just had to speak out on behalf of some of those who own and/or work in the food and beverage establishments here in our community with regards to providing play areas for children.
First of all, I am a mother, grandmother and have a huge family with lots of kids (and counting!)... and I've worked in management of a restaurant here.
What many don't seem to realize is that the food/beverage business is a very low margin business as it is, the key is butts in seats... as in customers who pay. Children don't pay. Children make messes that we pay employees $9.18/hr to clean up when they should be serving paying guests and generating revenue. Children don't respect the diversions we do provide (how do you think those toys got grimey?) and their parents don't clean up after them. If you sit there and nurse a $5 beverage while visiting with your friends for and hour, well the math just doesn't add up. Thus some establishments have made their spaces less "kids run wild" friendly.
I understand the need for mothers of toddlers to have some adult interaction, but you need to realize that these businesses also have customers without young ones they need to consider as well. And when you see they do not have a kids menu, there's probably a reason for that.
Of course, there are many parents in our community whose kids are well behaved and stay at their table when out with you. This was just in response to the inquiry for a place kids can "play" while the parent is enjoying a coffee or drink. Brought on flashbacks.