Special Events at Papa’s
At Papa’s, it’s more than just cats. We offer several special events each month and throughout the year to make your experience more memorable. Below is a description of our current events (dates subject to change as we adjust early on). All of these special events REQUIRE A RESERVATION in advance. You can register for these at our reservations page.
Cat Yoga Evenings (90 minutes, $20) Offered the 1st Thursday of month, usually from 5:30-7:00. Subject to change based on instructor availability.
Practice yoga in a room of 20 cats! For this reservation, 60 minutes will be dedicated to yoga, and the last 30 minutes will offer additional time with the cats. This reservation includes a drip coffee (or drink of equal value). And if you'll provide the mat, we'll provide the cats! Also consider other yoga necessities (like a block) you might need, and wear comfy clothes. This class requires a min. of 5 people registered by the Tuesday night before to be offered. Max 20 participants.
Children’s Saturday Morning Cat Academy (90 minutes, $7 for all ages) Offered the 3rd Saturday of month from 10:00-11:30.
Our Cat Academy is just for KIDS! Best for kids 4 and older. Includes a mini-lesson about cats, story time, a cat-themed craft, and an extra 30 minutes of cuddle time with cats. Cost is a discounted $7 for ALL ages, beverage not included (regular entry $10 for ages 5+). Requires 1 adult for every 2 children; parents must reserve a spot for themselves and children. Lesson, craft, and book will rotate often, so you can come back again for new experiences. When making the reservation, click "ADD ANOTHER TIME" to add multiple people to your reservation. Max 26 participants.
December's Cat Academy focus: Lesson on winter care for needy cats with a holiday themed cat book and craft.
Papa’s Book Club Night (90 minutes, $10) Offered the 4th Wednesday of month from 5:30-7:00.
Join others in a common love of books and cats! This book club meets monthly. Book selection announced a month ahead to give you time to read. Then, we will meet in the cat playroom to discuss the book while petting feline friends. Reservation includes a drink, a shared tray of baked goods, and an extra 30 minutes to pet the cats.
December/early January book club selection: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
**NOTE: We will meet the first Wednesday in January due to the holidays. We will meet again at the end of January for our regular meeting time, as January is 4 weeks.
Amazon book description:
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.