Store with kid-friendly restaurant and play areas to keep kids busy while shopping. Great free place to go for toddler to burn off energy.
I have come to Ikea several times with and without my son. While I love to shop, he gets bored after awhile but has gotten good at riding on the shopping cart/stroller thing. When we go we always hit up the restaurant because the food is cheap and pretty good, we can usually share a meal and get a frozen yogurt afterward. However, if you think this is a great place to bring your toddler on a cold day that is not the case. First of all, it's a furniture store. The couches are not for jumping on. And while they do have a few toys in the kid furniture section, it's not meant to be an activity zone. If your child is out of diapers they can go to the "Magic Forest" downstairs- which seems fun and not crowded on weekday mornings. But otherwise, plan to have a snack, do some shopping and keep your kids from having a pillow fight in the middle of the linens section.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ikea!!! Its so much fun, not to mention the prices are pretty fabulous for simple, day to day household items. There is a play place to drop the kiddies off in and a restaurant with cheap cheap menu items, like mac n cheese and meatballs. You can get a cone for 99c. Even if you want to take the kids shopping with you here, its fun!! The "kids area", where they sell the childrens' furniture is more like a playpark and you could get run over if you walk through that are too slowly:)
Its a fun day out and if you dont buy anything, its free!!!
I love this store, but i have to restrain myslef from going because it always ends up costing me money i dont have, trust me, this will happen to you, too. Kids, especially young ones, might get restless, as us moms might go crazy and be shopping for seven hours (personal experience) if you do go, which you should its so fun, plan to spend some major mulah!
I actually went here once just for my daughter to have a place to play! bad mom. anyway. I was turned away from the daycare because she was too young...I think they have to be 3ish? So I let her destroy the kids zone:) They have everything they have everywhere but its still something to do.
my mother inlaw and i love to just get out of the house, and going to the stares is a favorite of ours. IKEA is great. i like to think of it is as a furniture museum =) my 1 year old is mostly there for the ride but i mother inlaw enjoy it a lot. we love getting ideas for own family room, kitchen, and bedroom layout.
This shopping store is huge. There is a kids area with furniture, toys, etc. Most things there are very reasonably priced. They do have a small area where the kids can play (a slide) but it is very small and limited. I took my son here and he got bored very quickly. I have not tried their babysitting area so I cannot tell you how that is like. I guess you can say that it is a place where you can take the kids to do some shopping but I wouldn't take them there to hang out all day.
every time we visit we could stay at least 2hours in this store. It is so much fun to walk through room set. reasonable toys attract children and parents. We also like their cafe. Kids enjoy their meal with IKEA dish. Older kids can stay play area while parents shopping.
We all know IKEA, the discount store that is practically impossible to get out of unless you follow their maze. This IKEA is no different. They have a play area that allows you to leave your kids (from potty trained-age until about 10-11) for 45 min. while you are shopping. (It used to be 90 min, but parents abused it -- I heard they left IKEA and had lunch in Palo Alto then came back). It has been easier to get my kids in since they lowered the time allotted, but we've had mixed experiences there. It really depends on the other kids who are there at the same time and what the caregivers see. So it's worth it if you're doing some quick shopping, but not necessarily a good option to just get a break from your kids.
It's a store, but wait there's more. Two different play areas for toddlers with lots of bead wire toys, rocking "horses" and tents. The slide is small and typically pretty crowded. For my little pipsqueak, he's often getting run over by the older kids, but he still loves it. Nice kid-friendly eating options with a "playpen" area and TV.
Fun older kids play area with a ball pit that you can drop kids off at while you shop. Great for rainy or hot days. A total bore for 8 and over.
Be careful when you come in the wintertime because there are lots of coughing kids.