Monday, January 30, 2012

Greystone Indoor Park

What it is: I wonder why this idea hasn't been done more often.  Take a shopping center with an empty spot, insert a public park-indoors!  That's what they did for Greystone Indoor Center in Raleigh. It's a playground with regular play structures all contained in one room.  They have one of those new climbing structures filled with ropes and nets to climb on, wobbly toadstools to hop on, and curvy bars to climb and spin on.  There's also a small rock sculpture to climb on next to a large rock wall.

We took my boys on a rainy weekend day (one of the few cold days that we've had this winter), and they had a great time.  The sign when you walk in says that the play structure is made for children ages 5-12. However, my 20 month old and 3.5 year old both had a great time.  I could see that older kids would have more to climb on and be able to interact with more parts of the structure, but my boys did manage to spend over an hour playing there, no problem.  At least half of the kids that we saw playing there were under 5.  There were quite a few kids there, but it really didn't seem that crowded.  It was also surrounded with benches for parents to sit on when they're not playing and for kids to sit on while they're snacking.  They also have vending machines and restrooms. (Thanks to Katie over at Mom in Chapel Hill for reminding us about this place!)

What we liked:  We loved that it was a place where our kids could get their energy out even when it was raining.    It was safe and we knew where our kids were at all times, which was nice.  In addition, it's free!

What we would change: The major drawback of this place is that it's in Raleigh.  It's a bit of a drive but worth it when you need a place for your kids to run and play!

Website and other important information:


Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm, Saturday: 9am-3pm

Address: 7713-55 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615


 1. The rock wall

2. A view of the whole playground

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