If you are like ourselves, you are always looking for a fun, family friendly place where you can go to relax. Towards the middle of the week we start planning the weekend. Where are we going to go Friday and Saturday night? What are we going to do? What can we do with our combined 8 kids!!!!
Saturday evening Dave and I decided to try a new place that we both had recently heard about. Skip’s Farm is a family friendly establishment that provides a place where families can eat, kids can play, parents can have a cold beer, and patrons can enjoy live music in an outdoor setting. The farm restaurant is located next to Bridgeland, about 5 miles from Towne Lake.
Here is an honest review of our experience. For those of you who do not live in Cypress, Texas, I hope you use this review as a tool when looking for similar family friendly entertainment options. I feel that if anyone is interested in starting a restaurant type business, catering to families would be a smart option. It is very difficult to patronize traditional restaurants when you have small, active kids.
Back to the review.
Dave and I packed up our three girls (6, 5, 20 months) and headed to Skip’s Farm. It was very easy to find and we were intrigued by the uniqueness of the structure. It appeared that the venue had been converted from a family home into a unique restaurant venue. When you walk up, you first see an Ice House (with a juke box, seating, pool table) and a small fire pit. I imagine this would be a great place for people who don’t have kids to hang out.
You then walk into the “back yard”. This is where the heart of the place can be found. We happened to visit Skip’s on perhaps the most beautiful weather day we have had so far. We arrived around 5:30 PM and it wasn’t too crowded (it would later get much more crowded). We were able to choose a picnic table close to the kid’s playscape.
The entire time we were there, we felt the customer service was VERY GOOD!!! The employees were professional, nice, and went above and beyond to make our experience nice.
You order your food/drinks when you walk in and then are handed a buzzer. When your buzzer goes off, you pick up your food at the food trailer that is on the property.
The menu is not very extensive, but we enjoyed our burgers! The buns were so good!!! Some people complained about the fries on Facebook not being hot, and I would have to agree with that conclusion. Our friends visited Skip’s a few weeks ago and did not like all of the fried food options. In my opinion, if you are looking for a fine dining experience, this is not necessarilty the place for you. However, we were very pleased with our burgers and feel like the atmposophere, service, and live music made up for any shortcomings.
They have a good variety of soft drinks and bottled beer for the adults (I tried a new peach Blue Moon!) My only suggestion for the establishment is that I feel they can do a better job with the wine selection. Currently the only option for wine were small Sutter Home bottles. I am not a huge wine snob, but I feel that with the clientele (Bridgeland, Towne Lake, Cypress Creek Lakes) they could have a few more options. From a business perspective, it would make sense to me that if they purchased a couple of red and white wine varieties at the $8.00- $10.00 price range, they could easily sell glasses for $5.00 (or $20.00 a bottle) and make a decent profit.
*One more suggestion. They currently have it set up where you get in one line to order your food/drinks. There were a couple of times when Dave went to get another drink and had to wait 15-20 minutes in line behind people ordering food. It would have made a lot more sense to have 2 lines (one for food/drinks) and one strictly for drinks because ordering a drink is fast.
This is the part of Skip’s we were most impressed with. Our kids loved playing in the sand, on the playscape, in the barrels, and on the tire swing. They also have a basketball goals where lots of kids were shooting hoops. I really appreciate that they have a wide variety of activities to cater to a wide range of ages. This is especially important since Christa and I have kids that range from 20 months to 16 years! I’m not sure if they have a washer game, but that would be cool. I could also seem them adding some of those life size games (jinga, connect four) that some of the other similar types of establishments have.
Live music started around 6 or 6:30 PM. It was AWESOME!!! It doesn’t get any better than sitting outside in the beautiful weather, having your kids play nearby, while listening to live music.
Overall, I would highly recommend trying out Skip’s Farm. They have only been open since November and are still ironing out all the kinks. One thing I have noticed from their Facebook page is that they are VERY receptive about feedback so that they can make the experience even better. They understand the restaurant business is a tough business, but I feel that they will work out the kinks in a timely manner. We will definitely be back and will bring all of our friends. This will be the perfect place to chill out with friends/family on a Friday evening or Saturday/Sunday.
Our question for you, what do you look for when going to these types of family friendly establishments?