The Playhouse Cafe: Best Place for Parents & Kids in Harrisburg/Mechanicsburg, PA – Work & Relax While Your Child Plays

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These relaxed people are parents. No. Really. They are!In the same plaza as a nail salon. Want a manicure or pedicure? The Playhouse will work with you to make it happen!Outdoor seating is available.
These relaxed people are parents. No. Really. They are!
These relaxed people are parents. No. Really. They are! | Source
In the same plaza as a nail salon. Want a manicure or pedicure? The Playhouse will work with you to make it happen!
In the same plaza as a nail salon. Want a manicure or pedicure? The Playhouse will work with you to make it happen! | Source
Outdoor seating is available.
Outdoor seating is available. | Source

The Playhouse Cafe is the Best Place for Parents and Kids in the Harrisburg/Camp Hill/Mechanicsburg Area – Kids Play While You Cafe!

The Playhouse Cafe is one of the best kept secrets of Central Pennsylvania. While children play in the 1400-square-foot playroom for ages 2 and up, supervised and engaged by Playhouse staff, parents relax in the cafe at a table, soft chair or faux-leather sofa enjoying a drink, their laptops or the book they've been dying to finish. Students with children catch a break and their professors get timely assignments that were done without interruption. On Friday and Saturday nights, parents get a date night due to the Playhouse's live music and BYOB option. And you won't believe the price.

This place is amazing!
This place is amazing! | Source

I Was a Lonely Stay-at-Home Mom

I was fortunate enough to find The Playhouse Cafe less than 18 months after moving to Pennsylvania. Few friends and zero idea what being a mom would be like left me stir-crazy and a bit lonely. I also found that for a kid who couldn't move, I still found myself with no time to relax. That changed when I found The Playhouse Cafe.

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The infant/toddler play room is a great place for young ones. Couches are outside the safety gate, as well as children's tables for eating lunch and snacking.The fort in the play room is 1400-square-feet of fun, with slide, ball pit, swing and trampoline. Kids play hide-n-seek and safe games of chase, all while being supervised by dedicated Playhouse staff.Local parents off handmade wares for sale, and there's also a helicopter - not for sale. Drat!
The infant/toddler play room is a great place for young ones. Couches are outside the safety gate, as well as children's tables for eating lunch and snacking.
The infant/toddler play room is a great place for young ones. Couches are outside the safety gate, as well as children's tables for eating lunch and snacking. | Source
The fort in the play room is 1400-square-feet of fun, with slide, ball pit, swing and trampoline. Kids play hide-n-seek and safe games of chase, all while being supervised by dedicated Playhouse staff.
The fort in the play room is 1400-square-feet of fun, with slide, ball pit, swing and trampoline. Kids play hide-n-seek and safe games of chase, all while being supervised by dedicated Playhouse staff. | Source
Local parents off handmade wares for sale, and there's also a helicopter - not for sale. Drat!
Local parents off handmade wares for sale, and there's also a helicopter - not for sale. Drat! | Source

Two Play Rooms for 0 to 6!

The Playhouse Cafe has a 250 square foot infant/toddler space for children 2 and under. The room has safe toys, play house, tent, books and plenty of other items to engage small infants and wobbly toddlers. Parents sit in the room with the babies, or watch from outside the security gate as they sit and sip, getting stuff done. The room is only $2.00 for unlimited time.

At age 2, children can play in the toddler space, but they are also ready to go into the big play room. The big play room is 1400-square-feet of fun. An enormous fort boasts a swing, trampoline, slides, a ball pit and obstacle courses, keeping kids screaming for fun for hours. The other half of the room has play mats, climbing structures and costumes. Another corner is also for more sedate activities, like reading, painting and crafts. This room is 100% supervised by dedicated Playhouse staff. They engage the children in games and activities making parent-time in the cafe a truly luxurious experience. The play room is a mere $6.50 for unlimited playtime. THAT IS IT.

Don't fear about germs! Sanitizing stations are outside each secure play area and the staff ensures each child uses it before playing in the play room.

Lay back and relax; the kids are all good. This cafe is here for you (and the kids will never know).
Lay back and relax; the kids are all good. This cafe is here for you (and the kids will never know). | Source
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Locally made treats make regular appearances at The Playhouse CafeBreak off a leg and say "Are you sure you can eat AN ENTIRE LEG?"The menu won't disappoint.
Locally made treats make regular appearances at The Playhouse Cafe
Locally made treats make regular appearances at The Playhouse Cafe | Source
Break off a leg and say "Are you sure you can eat AN ENTIRE LEG?"
Break off a leg and say "Are you sure you can eat AN ENTIRE LEG?" | Source
The menu won't disappoint.
The menu won't disappoint. | Source

Did I Mention There's Food?

The menu isn't bad either! I have waffled between their delicious Bacon & Bleu Panini Sandwich (bacon, bleu cheese and chicken) and an all-veggie wrap made by request; my husband is a die-hard fan of the Black Bean Hummus wrap. All food is made to order right on the premises, guaranteeing fresh ingredients and taste. Children's meals are fairly priced and include a side (fruit, veggie or chips) and a drink.

I have yet to enjoy their breakfast offerings, but the Morning Roll Up looks delicious (ham, spinach and cream cheese) as does the Baked Caramel Apple Oatmeal.

Comfy chairs and couches, child-friendly tables as well as some for adults.
Comfy chairs and couches, child-friendly tables as well as some for adults. | Source

You Aren't Dreaming. It's Real.

These days, Playhouse has become a part of our day. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays - with the big play room opening at 10 a.m. - my son works up a sweat and expends copious energy while my husband and I get work done. He makes new friends and I do too. We all socialize, engage and most importantly: enjoy our time. With free wi-fi, plenty of people and options, food and a friendly staff, we might just move in.

Don't want to try the play room? Don't worry. You don't have to play to enjoy the cafe. It is truly a kid-friendly place catering to happy families.

Visit the Playhouse Cafe website at www.theplayhousecafe.com, or better yet, visit them at 1 Lemoyne Square on Route 15 in Lemoyne, PA. For an extra 10% off your bill, mention this article! (I get no revenue from this, by the way. Playhouse just likes to know how you found them out).

Maybe I'll see you there!

It says so right on the wall - without all the guilt.
It says so right on the wall - without all the guilt. | Source

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Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

I wish I lived in Pennsylvania!!!! Great hub!


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BigSerious 4 years ago from Harrisburg, PA Author

Right? These places should be everywhere!


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Out here there are places called playtown -- strictly BYOB but the same concept.


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BigSerious 4 years ago from Harrisburg, PA Author

That's great! Are the play areas also supervised? That is the one thing that seems to make this unique. There are places for kids to run free and play, but ultimately, parents must still watch their children. At Playhouse, staff cares for them and plays with them - they don't just watch; they engage. I love that. Glad to hear there are more places like it! Out of curiosity, what are their rates? I think Playhouse could charge more. I wouldn't bat an eye if I had to pay $10.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Right on, Right on. No these folks observe but not interact. I personally know about ten college students that would be great at it and love it -- thereby so would parents and children. I am sure we will revisit this program.

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