Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Toddler Playtime at the Carrboro Century Center

What it is:  When it's cold outside or a little rainy, what could be better than a large, contained indoor space filled with toddler toys?  If that sounds great to you, then you're in luck because we just checked out the Carrboro Century Center toddler playtime.  Every Tuesday morning from 10-1130, they open up their big ballroom and fill it with toddler toys.  There are books, puzzles, bead toys, tunnels, balls, and more!

We headed over last Tuesday, paid our incredibly cheap $3 for admission, and the kids immediately took off.  They had a great time running around and getting all of their energy out while we could easily watch them in the contained space.  Not only did it keep them occupied for the whole hour and a half, they even had bathrooms right around the corner which was great for my little potty training boy.

What we liked:  We liked how it was a safe, fun, indoor environment where kids could play without running off.  It gave the kids a chance to blow off some steam and the adults a little bit of a chance to relax.  Plus, at $3 it's only of the cheapest indoor events we can find.  Oh, and it's located in the middle of downtown Carrboro at the Century Center, so there's all sorts of nearby fun to be had.  We chose to stop by Neal's Deli for some absolutely fabulous biscuits on our way, but you could also head to Open Eye Cafe for a little pick me up before you head on over.

What we would change:  One of the only drawbacks I can see is that this great playtime not always an option.  It would be great if this was offered all day, every day, but I guess we'll just have to settle for one morning a week.  In addition, it's a bit of a drive for us to get to Carrboro, but well worth it.  In addition, it's only for kids under 5.  I don't know how long it would have held the attention of my older son, but it was perfect for my 2.5 year old.

Website and other important information:

Website: http://carrboro.com/centurycenter.html

Address 100 N. Greensboro St, Carrboro 27510 (The play space is upstairs in the Century Center.  There's an easy 2 hour parking lot located just behind Open Eye Cafe.)

Time: Tuesday mornings 10am-11:30am


(A view of the indoor space)

(The entrance nearest to the play space)

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