Finding time to get together with other mom friends is difficult at best when you consider nap times, music classes, and doctor appointments. Finding a place to chat is even harder when kids want out of the house but mom wants uninterrupted discussion or even more challenging – a place to get work done.
There are several magical places in the KC metro where working mama and active kids can co-exist.
Mudpie Vegan Bakery and Coffeehouse
1615 W. 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
Mudpie is located in an older house with separate rooms including a kids room with a door that shuts out noise plus a baby gate to keep little ones from making a run for it. The room has several tables and chairs for mama along with toy kitchens, puzzles, art supplies, a chalkboard and a shelf of well-loved toys to keep the kids occupied. Though right outside the door are people working and chatting, I’ve never felt uncomfortable bringing a few kids here so I can chat with a friend or get some work done.
The free wifi is hooked up to Google Fiber which makes this a great location for speedy work. Vegan coffee drinks, hot chocolate, teas and Italian sodas are sold along with muffins, scones and other bakery items. If you’re skeptical about vegan menus, this is a great place to dip your toe in the water.
Too cold or hot for the park? Try Little Monkey Bizness. Unlike its Olathe counterpart, this play place is built for the little ones. Moms can work with free wifi or chat in a full-service coffee bar overlooking the play area. A snack bar sells healthy options and other supplies you might have forgot to put in the diaper bag.
Kids can play in mazes, inflatables, indoor playground equipment, an art room or with dress up clothes. A separate toddler room offers soft toys for your youngest monkeys.
Parkside Coffee House
8839 Lackman Road, Lenexa, Kan.
Another great place for moms to get together while kids enjoy an open gym. The full service coffee house, a service of Cedar Ridge Christian Church, also offers smoothies and has free wifi. Bring your ride-on toys to play in the open gym area or enjoy the climbing wall and other play areas around the gym.
Be sure to check the website for specific gym hours, but generally the coffee house is open weekdays except for Monday.
Where do you do your best multi-tasking for happy mamas and happy kids?