Indoor Philly Playspaces Adapting to COVID-19
Mask up and make a reservation for some indoor fun.
I don’t know about you, but during this pandemic my living room looks like what would happen if a tornado hit a toy store, leaving LEGOs and tiny doll shoes in its wake. Quarantine has been especially rough with little ones who have a seemingly endless amount of energy and no desire to clean up after themselves. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate for outdoor play. The pandemic has limited our options, but these kid-favorite spots are opening their doors–with plenty of precaution. You’ll need a reservation, and of course a mask, but here are some options if you want to venture out.
1301 Locust St.
Nest Members can schedule staggered private playdates (by appointment only) limited to 12 total people. You’ll have access to either the 2000-square-foot upstairs gym or the 3000-square foot indoor playground. All adults and older siblings must wear masks. Nest staff will set up, clean up, sanitize toys, surfaces, and assist families. You can even bring snacks or order pizza in!
Nest’s salon is also currently open for kids’ haircuts with Miss Mariah, a LOVE Award winner many times over. These are also by appointment only.
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Kith + Kin is offering private two-hour playdates for $120 (includes 4 children, 4 adults) + an additional $10 per child up to 6 children max. Bookings must be made online 12 hours in advance. Contactless temperature checks and hand sanitization will be required at entry; and Adults and children over 2 must wear masks and maintain six feet of social distance.
You can also buy a private play 5-pack for $450. In between each two-hour playdate Kith + KIn has an hour scheduled for cleaning and sanitizing the space. Members get 20 percent off their first private play rental. ACCESS Card holders get 50 percent off.
Coffee and tea services will be temporarily suspended, but prepackaged snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
1241 N. Front St.
Until PlayArts is able to fully re-open, they are offering socially distanced coworking space for parents with playtime for the littles, in four-hour “work blocks” on Monday through Thursday for $80 (multi-session packages are available as well). To ensure safety and adjust to new protocols PlayArts is currently limiting enrollment to just four children per day; and reservations are required to participate.
Under the supervision of a PlayArts play facilitator, children will enjoy a combination of open-ended play and semi-structured activity time in the playspace and cafe, while safely distancing from one another. Face coverings are required for all adults and children over 2 years old. During check-in, temperatures will be taken and a health screening must be completed. Children will be required to wash hands at regular intervals throughout their playtime, assisted by their play facilitator. All touched surfaces and toys will be regularly sanitized using CDC approved disinfectants throughout the day.
Since open play and classes are currently on hold, PlayArts is still running their virtual programming, so be sure to drop in every week.
1901 S. Ninth St.
The Beehive is offering weekend private play sessions in two to eight-hour sessions for up to three families of your choosing. The cost is $100 for the first two hours, and $30 for each additional hour, and reservations are required online. The play sessions give you private access to the entire playspace and classroom area, including tables for meals and snacks. Masks are required for adults and children over 2.
3502 Scotts Lane
Kids at Play is open for private parties and “COVID-smart playdates.” Call or email to set up a private weekday visit.
Photograph by Laura Swartz.