IKEA Play Place and Fun for the Family

Ikea Lips Pillow

We as moms often hit the mall on a rainy day, just to get a cup of coffee and let the kids play in the play area.  It is easy to forget that IKEA is the perfect place for a wander with your Littles!  Our Fort Lauderdale store even has special close parking for families with Littles and strollers.

Ikea Dining Room Kids Area

When I go to IKEA, I always start with breakfast.  They offer specials throughout the week and you will never spend more than a few dollars on a plate of food.  The is food is okay, it is not stellar, but the dining room is always clean and has wide windows all along the wall to make it a bright happy space.  There is a kids space in the dining room where the Littles can eat together in front of a flat screen TV, allowing the adults a chance to brush up on conversation that involves words with more than 2 syllables.

According to Charles Wing Local Marketing Specialist IKEA’s founder wanted the store to reflect his belief that the should store be “a day out for the whole family”. This influence is certainly felt throughout the store and.IKEA seems to work hard to make their store a family friendly place by offering strollers for Ikea Dining Room Bottle Warming Stationthe kids and family bathrooms. The dining room has a bottle warming station, with a toaster, microwave, bottle warmer and bibs.

The family bathroom has a chair in case you need to find a quiet place with baby for moment.  The bathrooms are generally pretty clean, but on the weekends when the store gets crazy busy and they can get a little bad.  They do seem to make a huge effort to keep them clean and I have always seen them spotless first thing in the morning.

Ikea Kids BedroomAt our IKEA you start out on the top floor, this has all the furniture for adults and kids.  My daughter likes to walk around this floor with me and check out all the rooms.  We love to see the way storage and whimsy works in the kids areas and dream about the kitchen we would someday like to have.

The bottom floor is full of the housewares, which is less interesting to my daughter. This floor has everything from silverware to picture frames and glassware, so not really an area where I want to worry about what my Little might try to pick up when my head is turned.  Ikea Lips PillowSo we head on over to the Smalland Play Area, where there is a supervised play area for kids. The Play Area is open daily from 10 am to 7:30 pm.  Usually, the kids can stay for about 50 minutes, they give you a beeper and tell you when you are due back to pick up your child.  Kids must be at least 37 inches tall, no more than 54 inches, and must be completely potty trained.  My daughter had a great time didn’t want to leave when her time was up.  The staff in the play area were courteous and seemed to be very capable. My daughter didn’t want to leave, so that is always a good sign.

Smalland Store Promo Photo
Smalland IKEA Store Provided Promo Photo

On your next rainy day call up your friends and meet at IKEA for a morning of shopping, food and fun. It is a great alternative to the mall when the weather rules out the outdoors.

Kid Friendly Sawgrass Mills Mall and Play Area

Rainforst Cafe Play Area at Sawgrass Mills MallSawgrass Mills Mall offers gazillions (yes that is the technical term) of great shopping opportunities.  It has great kid friendly play areas and rides. Not to mentions store after store after store after store……………… (well you get the idea) of indoor and outdoor shopping.  It’s freaking big!

While the rest of the country is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (the light being spring and the tunnel being winter) we are looking for things to do with the kids that include air-conditioning!

Here are 11 reasons to take the kids to Sawgrass Mills for a playdate.
1.  Crowds:  It’s less crowed on weekdays and far more fun!  It does get pretty crazy on Talking Tree at Rainforst Cafe at Sawgrass Mills Mallthe weekends, so go early in the day if have to go on the weekends.
2.  Air-Conditioning:  I suppose I don’t need to explain the benefits of this one since our heat index can be well over 100 for weeks on end in South Florida.
3.  Feed the kids for free:  Okay, not really free, but with three different food courts, you can walk around and get samples enough to fill a 3 year old for sure!
4.  Carousel:  What more can I say?? What kid doesn’t like a carousel?
5.  Climbing Wall:  One more way Climbing Wall at Sawgrass Mills Mallto wear that kid out!  We love the climbing wall!

6.  Sawgrass Mills Mall Rainforest Cafe and Store:  We love to wonder around the shop and look at all the animatronic animals and cute stuff!  Little ones and big kids a like love to look at the fish tanks too!  They do have reasonably priced lunches and a kids menu.  It’s like dinner and a show!

7.  Walking:  it’s a huge place and all the walking alone will wear out the kids (and you) so you can have a peaceful evening!
Rainforst Cafe Play Area at Sawgrass Mills Mall
8.  Rainforest Café Playground at Sawgrass Mills:  This is a great play area.  If you are one of “those parents” (like me) who don’t like for your child to be out of your site, then this may not be the place for you.  It looks like tons of fun though.  It usually looks fairly clean inside and well maintained, although some of my
Coin Ride at Sawgrass Mills Mall
mommy friends say they have seen it pretty dirty (Maybe during the busy times). There are lots of benches for the parents to hang out on by the entrance, so the kids can’t run off.
9.  Coin Rides:  I don’t know why, but these are so popular and the kids love them.  My daughter loves them even when I don’t have coins for her.  She just likes to climb on them!  There is also a little Coin op Carousel in the mall (can’t remember where) that rides 3.  It’s great because there are usually other kids on it and if each parents donates coins the kids get to ride longer.
Trampoline Bounce at Sawgrass Mills Mall
10.  Bungee Jumping: If the kids still are not tired just strap them up to bungees and let them wear themselves out on the trampolines.  You actually get a decent amount of time on them especially if there is not much of a line behind you!  This is guaranteed to wear the kids out!
11.  Air-conditioning:  Did I mention this one already? Well it’s important!
Sawgrass Mills Mall
12801 West Sunrise Blvd
Sunrise, FL 33323