Alara & Zane Indoor Play Space North Hills

Top Indoor Play Spaces in the Triangle

We’ve all had that kind of day. The kids are running amok, daycare or school has a teacher prep day, and you still need to do all the things. Indoor play spaces and cafes are one of my favorite modern day inventions as they provide the (little) kids with a change of scene, air conditioning for you, and a little bit of quiet to get through your emails or finish that presentation...or in my case, write this blog. I give bonus points to any indoor play space that also has coffee.

Here’s a list of our favorite indoor play spaces in the Triangle:

Alara & Zane

In the heart of North Hills, this adorable space entertains the kids, offers opportunities for parents to get expert advice and find communities through activities and events. Be warned however, they have some adorable merchandise for your kiddos and it may be hard to say no.

Little Doodles

This little play cafe in North Raleigh has created the perfect environment for kids and adults to learn, play, and be creative. Their Messy Art Studio is a big winner in our house. As I mentioned earlier, I award bonus points to spaces that also have coffee. Little Doodles offers a good cup of Joe along with other beverages, local treats and snacks.

Bumble Brews

My children ask for Bumble Brews by name. They have play structures, books, and countless opportunities for imaginative play including grocery shopping, play kitchens, doll houses and so much more. This space in Cary has something for every kid. Bonus points awarded for coffee, as well as draft beers, wine, and snacks depending on your mood.

Over the Moon

This brand new play space in Cary has lots of room to run around, a custom designed rocket ship play structure, low ropes challenge course, climbing domes, tumbling equipment and even a baby/toddler zone with sensory activities. Bonus points awarded for coffee, drinks, snacks, and wifi.

Greystone Recreation Center

Wonderful for parents with older kids, the playset and rock wall are geared towards 5-12 year olds. I will award this North Raleigh location bonus points because, while you can’t get coffee there, Sola is on the opposite side of the parking lot with great coffee and the kids will LOVE the mini donuts.

Angel Island Fun Park

This incredible indoor playground in Cary can entertain my kids for hours. They have trampolines, slides, play structures, games, and more. It is a shoe-free environment so don’t forget your non-skid socks (or you can buy them there for only 2$).


With locations in Durham and Cary, this unique music themed play space is one for the bucket list. Notasium lets your kids bounce, sing, beat, and slide all while making and playing with music. You can also sign your kids up for lessons on the piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, drums, and many other instruments.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

In the heart of downtown Raleigh, this museum teaches all about our beautiful state and has something for every kid, from dinosaurs to the bottom of the sea. Our family’s favorite is the butterfly exhibit.

Make sure you call ahead for any of these venues as most require reservations in order to minimize the amount of people and keep us all safe in this Covid world.

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