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It’s A Date: 5 Spots to Have a Mommy Meetup

It’s been a long week and you really need to have a conversation with someone more than three feet tall. Maybe you and your best friend haven’t had a good visit since the invasion of the little people, or you really want to get to know that new mom that moved in down the block. The good news is there are plenty of spots around town where you can have an playdate again. We’ve searched the city for semi-contained, kid-friendly places that will occupy your kids long enough to have a momversation.

Hippo Hopp Indoor Playground
Bounce houses, big slides, obstacle courses, and air hockey will keep them burning off steam while you recharge. Big screen TVs, free wifi, centrally-located seating and their use of non-toxic cleaning products and other eco-efforts make it a parent pleaser.

Tip: Like them on Facebook and get 50% off admission price every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Hippo Hopp Indoor Playground
1936 Briarwood Ct. NE
Atlanta, Ga
404-634-4964

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Souper Jenny
Enjoy Souper Jenny’s freshly-made selection of daily soup and sandwich specials while little ones play in the play chef in the small kid’s area in the back room.

Tip: Thursday night is “Grilled Cheese Night,” where kids can select a soup, pick from two types of grilled cheese sandwiches and finish with a “make-em-yourself s’more.”

Souper Jenny
56 East Andrews Dr.
Atlanta, Ga
404-239-9023

Historic Fourth Ward Park
Heralded as one of the best new playgrounds in Atlanta, the spider-web-thingy alone will keep them occupied for hours as you sit on nearby benches and re-engage in adult conversation. With tons of other play areas and nearby bathrooms, this newer playground is just the spot to keep everyone happy.

Tip: Don’t forget their swimsuits in case they decide to take it over to the splash pad.

Historic Fourth Ward Park
680 Dallas St. NE
Atlanta, Ga

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The Little Nook
Raining outside and you just need to sit and talk to someone other than your toddler for a minute? Meet your favorite moms at The Little Nook, a totally craft-tastic play space in Buckhead that offers afternoon parent-supervised playtime. Your tots can explore the enchanted forest room, try on costumes from the closet or burn off steam in the glow-in-the-dark dance space for just $15. Call ahead to ensure availability.

Tip: For an extra $5, you can buy a craft activity for your child.

The Little Nook
530 E. Paces Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, Ga
404-846-2232

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Shopping trip to Ikea
Shopping and free child care for kids – need we say more? Located by Atlantic Station, it’s best to make the most of a mommy date to Ikea. You can drop off your potty-trained child – be sure he or she meets the height requirement (36 to 50 inches) – at the child care center, enjoy a coffee with your pal in the cafeteria and pick up some of their affordable toys or art supplies on the way out to assuage any mommy guilt.

Tip: On Tuesdays, go ahead and make it a lunch or dinner date as kids (ages 12 and under) eat free from 11:00 am to close!

IKEA in Atlantic Station
441 16th Street, NW
Atlanta, Ga
1-888-888-4532

Where do you like to meet your friends for playdates? Let us know in the comments section below.

–Phebe Wahl

Photos courtesy of Hippo Hopp, Anne Mitchell and The Little Nook via Facebook

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