Best Raleigh Area Indoor Playgrounds for Kids While Parents Work :: WRAL.com

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– One of the epic struggles of a working mother is finding a space to work when the kids are home. Work doesn’t stop for teacher workdays, vacations, summer or even Covid exposures. Deadlines don’t disappear on snow days or take time off for distance learning.

So moms (and dads too) have to squeeze in a few hours of work here and there to advance their careers while feeding/heating/blocking/schooling/entertaining their kids. That’s a lot for anyone to handle. Luckily, the Raleigh area has great spaces where parents can let the kids play while we knock out a few hours of computer work.

Through life experience and a social media survey of mums restoredI share some “productive play” spaces below:

Little Doodles Game Cafe (11 West Third Street, Wendell) – Set up as a play space and cafe, Little Doodles is a great space to watch your kids play pretend or indulge in messy art while you enjoy a cup of coffee.

Rainbow gaming systems (8732 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh) – Is there a better place to play than in a company that creates gaming systems? This space wasn’t on my radar until a restored mom put me on the loop, so I think it may be Raleigh’s best-kept indoor game secret. Children can play during reserved hours as part of a pre-registered playgroup.

Bumble and Brews (2464 SW Cary Parkway, Cary) – I haven’t been here yet, but it’s on my list, and I’ve heard it’s a great option for young children. Their calendar is full of fun events for families, and they serve wine and beer too!

above the moon (653 Cary Towne Blvd., Cary) – Calling all astronauts! Science is at the center of this play space, and they’ve also taken plenty of Covid precautions (because, hey, science). I hope to enroll a child or two in one of their summer camp programs.

Over the Moon play area

angel island (924 NE Maynard Rd, Cary) – This is a great option for elementary age children. This play space is filled with a giant ball pit, tunnels, climbing areas and other areas to keep kids active.

The Playhouse Children’s Museum (1520 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina)– This was a restored mom’s recommendation and sounds like a great option if you’re in southern Wake County. Plus, it’s super affordable. It’s outfitted with cute play equipment, and the owner has five kids…so, there’s no doubt she absolutely has the mommy life.

Notasium (1000 Ryan Road, Cary) – It is an ideal space for children to play while cultivating a love of music. While this company offers a variety of structured programs, it also offers semi-open play, which means only small groups are in the play space during designated hours. It’s a lot like putting vegetables into something delicious since they learn music while playing. I’m excited to introduce it to my kids on a restored play date in February!

Hope Community Church Entertainment Area – Inside this church is a fun playground with a giant slide. It’s free and you don’t need to be a member to use it. Plus, there’s also a cafe inside the church, so you can literally caffeine, work, and entertain your kids all in one place. Pro Tip: You can choose between two locations: Apex or Raleigh.

CHALLENGE – If you’ve never taken your kids to this trampoline park, you’re missing out! It’s not something I would have considered a “workspace” but mum friends have convinced me otherwise. Sure, moms are jumping on Wi-Fi to do a little work while the kids are jumping and playing…but here’s my problem: adults can jump too. I never even thought of working here because I always jump with them! There are locations in Raleigh, Apex, and Fayetteville.

I’m sure there are a lot of great spaces I’ve missed, and I’d love to capture any suggestions you have. Feel free to tag @restoredformoms on Instagram or Facebook as you stroll through the Triangle. I will keep a shopping list on the Blog restored in the hope that it will be just as beneficial for you and your family as it will be for me and mine!


Stephanie Llorente is a mother of two and a regular Go Ask Mom contributor. She owns Preparatory communications and Restored, a faith-based business that provides relevant resources and an intentional community for working mothers.

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