Play That Meets Parents Needs: PLAYgrounds Cafe in Waukee, Iowa

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Play That Meets Parents Needs: PLAYgrounds Cafe in Waukee, Iowa

Get excited parents! There is now a unique coffee shop located in Waukee, Iowa where you can sip your coffee, work on your computer, and connect with others while your little ones play. PLAYgrounds Cafe is a special place in the Des Moines metro that meets the needs of many working parents and/or stay-at-home parents who need a place to get out and connect. Learn more about everything PLAYgrounds Cafe has to offer in this indoor place to play in Des Moines!

PLAYgrounds Cafe Location

PLAYgrounds Cafe is located in Waukee, Iowa in a strip mall shared with Midwest Autism & Therapy Center.

Address: 293 SE Westown Parkway Waukee, Iowa 50263

Phone: 515-644-6331




Grab your daily dose of caffeine!

PLAYgrounds Cafe is serving up tasty lattes, coffee, cold brew, and more sourced from an Iowa-based roaster Windmill Coffee and it’s oh-so-good!

In addition, you can also find small snacks such as yogurts, juice boxes, cheese sticks, and more in their cooler. Keep your eyes open for Nourished fresh, salads and Jess Desserts goodies on hand soon. In the future, they are planning to expand their menu a bit more and offer hot paninis and other light lunch options.

You do not need a kiddo to stop and grab coffee! Run in on your way to work, on the way to the park, or anywhere else. They welcome everyone to sip on their delish beverages.

Mother’s Room and Amenities

Many parents will jump for joy when they see they have a designated Mothers Room and child-friendly bathroom. Many don’t realize the amazingness of these offerings until they are in public with young children. The Mothers Room can also be used for a calm down space too. PLAYgrounds Cafe is also home to the very first Pluie changing tables in Iowa. These diaper-changing tables self-sanitize!

Looking for a small gift? Or need something for the diaper bag? They also have a small retail section of unique goodies you may need and carry one of my favorite Iowa products Doe A Deer.

The Indoor Playspace

The kid’s indoor playspace offers a fun Cedarworks playground that has climbing features, and slides. It sits on green turf and the whole area has beautiful natural light for even the gloomiest days in Des Moines. They also have some fun ride-on toys, wood-balancing toys, and a designated, gated baby area for those that are 0 to 18 months of age.

My favorite, is the kid-sized Tools, Flowers, and Cafe shops for the littlest minds to use their imaginations.

How do we play at PLAYgrounds Cafe?

How does it work? It’s super simple! Head to their website page and book a play session. Open Play Sessions are 2-hours long and are set hours. It is highly recommended you book a session before you go as they do have a maximum capacity. They offer different play sessions 7 days a week and gaps in between each session so they can completely sanitize the area. Ready to book your play session? You can book here!

What are the prices to play?

Single Visit: $13.99

5 Play Pack: $62.50

10 Play Pack: $102.50

Unlimited Memberships are available too. If you know you will be visiting multiple times a week, this will be the best bang for your buck. Memberships include unlimited playtime for those in your household from 6 months to 6 years. You also can receive a free drink monthly, two adults welcome with every visit, and 10% off party packages. Learn more about their memberships.

Birthday Parties and Events

PLAYgrounds offers 100% private parties in their space. Not just birthdays! Think baby showers too! There are several party packages available such as ‘The Sandbox Party’ or ‘The Big Slide Party’. They have a package to fit whatever your needs are. Take a look at the options!

You may have seen Bluey and some other fun pop-up parties PLAYgrounds Cafe has hosted and shared. They are planning to continue to offer fun events and activities throughout the year. Keep your eyes open on their event page to stay up to date on all the fun.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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