For around a hundred bucks, you can use one of these in a small kitchen. If you're in a temporary apartment, it folds up easily for moving. It's also very child-friendly because it's a cinch to wipe up, can take the abuse of banging sippy cups and double as a drum at the same time. Plus, you'll feel like you're eating at a French cafe or something.
If you don't have an outdoor space, don't just toss any catalogs aside that you're getting this spring. Keep an open mind, and see if there are any pieces that might be useful in the home!