In a perfect world parents’ and kids’ schedules would perfectly align, like brilliant stars lighting the way. But where would be the challenge in that? Whether you need to take a conference call or respond to a flurry of morning emails at the same time your sidekick wants to play, play, play, you can bust out your double-duty chops (like a boss) at one of these Seattle play spots.

DaBuDa Playhouse & Cafe

Named after the owner’s son’s first word (though they’re still not sure on the meaning), self-proclaimed party queen Callia Kwan based her Bellevue drop-in play place on favorites of her own children. Bright, clean and colorful, DaBuDa’s space includes four moving play structures, three slides, a raised obstacle course, balloon pen, water like “pool” and a handful of kiddie cars and scooters to zoom around in. Other amenities include a full kitchen along with a latte machine and Asian-inspired fare (think pineapple buns, sushi and moo shu pork) along with kid favorite standards like pizza, grilled cheese, bagels and fruit and yogurt platters. For parents looking to pull a little work/play double duty, DaBuDa has lots of large tables and spacious places to sit along with free Wi-Fi. Take advantage of the combined art/play activities (days and times vary – check their Facebook page) or just come and play for $10/child (1 & older); $9/siblings and get some work checked off your to-do list.

DaBuDa Playhouse & Cafe
13427 N.E. 20th St., Ste. 120
Bellevue, Wa 98005
Online: and on Facebook

Hours: Tues-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.,10 a.m.-3 p.m.; parties only on Sundays

photo: DaBuDa Playhouse & Café Facebook page

Where do you take the kids when you’ve got a bit of work to get through? Tell others where you get it done in the Comments below.

— Allison Sutcliffe