I’m fortunate enough to work from home, but that means quite a bit of juggling with my son. Occasionally I will have a deadline due and staying up late at night when everyone is asleep just doesn’t cut it. So I need to find hidden little gems that allow my son to play in a safe environment while I get to work. These reviews are based on having a 3-5 year old where they can somewhat play on their own.
I want good coffee, free wifi, friendly staff, comfortable chairs and of course somewhere for my kid to play. That’s not too much to ask is it?.
Thankfully, we are quite spoilt for choice even really close to home, so thought I’d share a few of my local favourites. And of course, if fellow mumtrepreneurs have any hidden gems, please feel free to share!
This place is pretty much my go-to when I’ve only got about a hours work to smash out and don’t want to spend a fortune of kids play centres for such a short time. Scuzi’s is located next to Target at Strathpine Shopping Centre, with a great playground for under 5’s. Seats for the playground are quite close to the equipment, making it easy to keep an eye on.
*Cheap option for an indoor playground when you are only going to be quick.
*Access to free Wifi provided by Target. Scuzi don’t have their own, and the shopping centre wifi is extremely slow. So cheers, Target!
*Good option for rainy days.
* Not fully fenced if your kid is a runner.
*No powerpoint, so you’d need to make sure your laptop is fully charged.
It’s a well known fact that I love Bunnings! The Bunnings at Brendale is especially good because they have heaps of gluten free options including toasted sandwiches, healthy wraps, salads and treats. There coffee is always surprisingly good too, and the prices are actually really reasonable. Pretty sure they know I come there now to work and let Hunter play. But Bunnings has also received a good portion of my hard earned dollars after renovating a few houses and shop fit-outs.
*Cheap gluten free food
*Access to free Wifi
*Some powerpoint available (if you are lucky enough to get a seat near one)
*Enclosed playground for kids
*Weekend craft sessions and face printing
* I usually buy something that I don’t technically need – like more plants for the house!
*My son wants to come out of the gated area every few minutes so I constantly have to stop and let him in and out. But… good exercise I guess 😀
Probably the best option for little ones and the bigger kids. Although you have to pay for entry, it’s enclosed and safe. They’ve updated it a lot now new owners have taken over. Not a ton of gluten free options, but I do enjoy the grilled chicken salad. Call before arriving to ask about bringing your own food if you suffer allergies like my son and I. They have always been friendly and accomodating. Just forget it during the weekends or school holidays. During the week it’s my perfect hang-out to work and let my little man play while it’s generally pretty quiet.
*Fully fenced area suitable for smaller children
*High chairs available for smaller children
*Big Kids easily entertained
*Some powerpoints if you need to recharge your laptop
*Paid entry but free for under 4
*Limited Gluten Free Options
NOTE: I will keep adding to this list over time… especially once I have a newborn to contend with too!