Many parents jump at the opportunity to work from home when they have small children. Not only can it save your family steep daycare fees, it gives you the chance to be there for all of those incredible firsts. The reality, is that sometimes freelancing, telecommuting or starting a home business requires a couple of hours of hard-found kid-free time. These go-to places offer free WiFi, strong coffee and a way to keep the kids distracted so you can get your work done. Read on to find out more.
Play Date PDX
This cool location offers three stories of indoor playground for your kids to explore. The structure has and interactive dance floor and plenty of climbing and crawling activities to keep little one's moving. If you have children of varying ages, no worries there is a separate area where toddlers play with out getting trampled by the big kids and the main play area is perfect for children ages 10 and up.
Where does the work come in? Play Date PDX hasn't forgotten parents. It provides an attached cafe with plenty of work space and a full menu to get the family through the day. Insider Tip: Monday after 5 p.m. there's free admission and on the last Wednesday of every month two canned goods per child is all you have to pay.
Hours: Daily 9 a.m-8 p.m.
Location: 1434 NW 17th Ave
Affectionately referred to as “MP” by Westside families, this place opened in 2008 specifically for busy parents with young tots. Its owner, a dad of two, wanted to create a space that would be enjoyable for both toddlers and their adult counterparts. The 42-inch height limit applies only to the enclosed play space. Older children can enjoy the toys outside of the carpeted area for a lower play fee. Parents love the free WiFi, fantastic Stumptown coffee, and the cleanliness of the play area, tables, and restrooms. The smaller size of this facility means that parents can park at a table with a laptop and lunch and be able to easily watch over their waddlers throughout the play area.
Insider’s tip: “Like” their Facebook page and you’ll have access to daily deals on sandwiches, prepared drinks and play passes.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Su. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.;
18335 NW West Union Rd.
Located in a 100-year-old belltower (how’s that for a peaceful atmosphere?), the TaborSpace coffeeshop is part of a community building that was decades in the making. Operating as a nonprofit, it supports itself on donations and has an affordable cafe that’s run by a small staff and an army of well-trained volunteers, passionate about keeping this warm, inviting community center open. Quiet play is requested in the play area in The Commons. Bring your laptop, bring a book, bring some extra snacks for your littles (though healthy snacks like yogurt are available in the cafe) and prepare to stay a while.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
5441 SE Belmont St.
One of Woodstock’s most charming delights, Portlanders are known to drive across town to set up shop at this coffee shop with its enclosed play space. Their bagel sandwiches are a breakfast staple, and the cereal bar is a treat if you like to mix your Cap’n Crunch and Froot Loops. And for coffee, try the toasted marshmallow mocha. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a design in the foam that you can Instagram to make your friends jealous. Plug into one of the many outlets around the room and fire up the free WiFi. You won’t be going anywhere for a while.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
4411 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Posies Bakery & Cafe
This family-owned bakery fills each menu item with a whole lot of love. Grab a breakfast sandwich and a warm drink while your children play in their play area. There's a cute little kitchen where your little bakers can whip up a batch of their favorite cookies. Or they can grab some chalk and color on the chalk walls while you return all of the e-mails that have stacked up in your inbox. When your little workers build up an appetite of their own, they can choose an item off the kid's menu and fuel up for more play time.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
8208 North Denver Ave.
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