With coworking spaces popping up everywhere, it was only a matter of time before someone got the genius idea to combine it with a kids’ play space. With Area founder Loretta Genville’s already-established variety of kid-related spaces in Brooklyn, she was the natural person to tackle this winning combination. Here’s what you need to know about Area Kids Club in Carroll Gardens.


photo: Area Kids

Drop-in Play Space or Coworking Space with Childcare: Your Choice
Different parents and families have different needs, which is why you can choose to use Area Kids Club however you want.

If you need to get out of the apartment, get some work done and have someone watch the kids/s. You can book a slot for coworking in the spacious front room with shared tables, free WiFi and caffeine; an experienced sitter will watch your child in the roomy play space while you get busy. Book online for any day at the rate of $30 a session.

On the other hand, if you just need to get out of the apartment, away from screens and around other kids — or perhaps just out of the cold — you and the child can just drop in, any day and any time for some open play. The play space includes tons of stimulating areas and toys; a star feature is a water play area (complete with smocks to keep kids dry), but you’ll also find tons of blocks, books, vehicles, and cushy pillows for lounging. The open play sessions will often include a special activity as well, such as making play dough or snacks with raw food like fruits and vegetables. All that for $20!


photo: Area Kids

Drop in Any Time!
Open Play for 0-5 years olds is available all week long from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Most patrons spend about one hour, often popping in twice in one day. “That’s the nice thing about the drop in space–there is no time limit. A lot of local caregivers and parents will visit twice in one day.” says owner Loretta Genville.


photo: Area Kids

Yes, they have something for the after-school set, too
Makers Club is designed for those over 5. From Lego Robotics to Minecraft Parties, there is something to keep your child engaged even if they are inching towards tweendom. From 3:30-5:50 Monday through Thursday and until 7:30 on Fridays, kids can play with little bits, create endless options with legos and play Minecraft to their hearts’ content. Snacks are provided, too.


Passes and Parties and More, oh my!
So just how much will this magical place where adults can accomplish while their little ones play set you back? Open Play is $20 to drop in or 10 passes will set you back $150. Co-working with childcare or Makers Club is $30 per drop in with 10 passes of each costing $200 per 10 passes. We mentioned the free tea and coffee but did we tell you they also do local school pick ups for free? Inquire for more details on that as well as the different birthday party options here.

Area Kids Club
333 Smith St.
Carroll Gardens
Online: areakidsclub.com

Would your neighborhood benefit from a combined co-working for grown ups space and play space for kids? Let us know in the comments below!


— Kim Sunshine