Juggling a work-from-home lifestyle can be daunting, especially when your little “associates” would much rather play than act professional. A workspace outside your home with top-notch childcare might sound like some sort of elusive unicorn but they actually exist. Keep reading for the newest places in Los Angeles where moms can find that work-life balance, while little ones get the social stimulation they crave for the ultimate win/win!

Brella – Playa Vista

With all of the tech companies popping up in Playa Vista, it only makes sense that this Silicon Beach hotspot has a spankin’ new facility perfect for busy families. Set to open Oct. 25, Brella is different from some of the other spaces mentioned in that they don’t require pre-paid plans or memberships to take advantage of their state-of-the-art childcare or workplace amenities. Just download their app and book/pay by the hour. The app lets you schedule in advance or drop in with the littles after those last-minute nanny cancellations. And again, unlike other co-working spaces, you are not required to be on-site while your kids are being cared for (makes off-site lunch meetings or coffee shop breaks that much easier!). This sort of flexibility means you can truly tailor your work schedule in a way that is both convenient and family-friendly. Throw in an expertly crafted childcare curriculum, carefully trained staff, and a beautiful facility and you and your brood will never want to leave!

Ages: 3 months-6 years

Good to Know: Brella will also offer parent, family, and community classes highlighting a range of topics such as prenatal and postpartum issues, infant sleep and nutrition, family yoga, professional coaching for parents re-entering the workforce, and more!

12746 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: hellobrella.com/

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Big and Tiny - Santa Monica & Silver Lake

Creative types will appreciate the inspiring vibe at Big and Tiny's two studios (the Silver Lake location is its newest). Aside from the communal workspaces, professional parents also have the opportunity to hop on peloton bikes, jam in the music room, and even find some much-needed zen in the meditation pod! Meanwhile, the teachers at Big and Tiny will make sure your sweet peas are happily engaged in creative exploration through enrichment classes, sensory activities and interactive play.

Ages: 3 months – 6 years.

Good to know: Memberships start at $185/month and go up from there wherein parents have access to a workspace, printers, WiFi, etc. while kids are well cared for through thoughtful instruction and stimulating programs.

1731 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica
310-392-0113
Online: bigandtiny.com/santa-monica/

2624 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles
213-674-7630
Online: bigandtiny.com/silver-lake/

photo: Silvana Toledo from CollabandPlay

First German United Methodist Church Workspace & Playschool - Glendale

For those tots who might have a bit more separation anxiety than others, the set up here at FGUMC lends itself to helping your littles feel more comfortable as you will only be working steps away. This newly launched coworking campus uses the established Collab & Play method so you can rest assured the highly trained staff will be well equipped to make this a comfortable experience. Speaking of comfortable, this space has an outdoor play area, two indoor playrooms, a conference/media room (opening soon), a reading/meditation nook, underground and outdoor (free) parking and is ADA accessible. Need to refrigerate food or heat up leftovers for lunch? There is a full kitchen on-site for parents to use and they also provide free coffee and tea (score!). 
 
Ages: 3 months-4 years
 
Good to know: FGUMC offers flexible monthly prepaid plans that are all month to month (no long term commitment). Drop-ins are solely based on availability (first come, first served). Schedule a tour in advance and receive a free one hour trial afterward (email silvana@firstgermanglendale.church to set up a tour time). 
 
556 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale
818-500-0786

The Little Wing – West Hollywood

The Wing, a members-only workspace designed for women, recently added exclusive-to-members childcare amenities through The Little Wing. With a motto of “designed for kids to play so their parents can take flight,” this co-working/childcare space is sure to stimulate your saplings while you are able to meet those deadlines and then some! Aside from the magazine-cover worthy play spaces, The Little Wing also offers enrichment classes for kids (and parents alike), such as music, art, yoga, and even sleep training workshops. Yes, please!

Ages: Babysitting, 6 months-6 years; enrichment classes, 3 months-8 years; open play, all ages (3 months and up)

Good To Know: In addition to the $215/month membership fee, babysitting services are offered by Wingsitters for $25 for 2 hours or $35 for 3 hours for kids 6 months to 6 years.

8550 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: the-wing.com/the-little-wing/

photo: Wiggle & Work

Wiggle & Work - Silver Lake

Another flexible option with boatloads of convenient amenities is a local Silver Lake gem that offers a couple of different workspace options. If your small fry is not cool with you being out of sight, the first floor has a few working desks right near the playground entrance so you can be productive while your mini-me plays peacefully knowing you're there. For those babes who are past the separation anxiety phase, the second floor offers a quieter space filled with desks and armchairs as well as a giant television screen of the childcare area. You'll also get a pager so the super-efficient staff of trained childcare professionals can let you know if you're needed below for an extra snuggle or two. Most likely, however, your sprouts will be so engaged with crafts, sensory activities, ball pits, music, and playground antics, they'll be begging to stay longer.

Ages: 3 months-4 years

Good to know: Pay as you go or purchase one of Wiggle & Work's many membership or package plans designed to fit lots of different family lifestyles. Download their straightforward app and schedule your week at their facility conveniently from just about anywhere! 

968 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles
323-407-6766
Online: wiggleandwork.com/ 

–Jenifer Scott

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