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SnickerDoodles indoor play space to start charging admission

Posted September 1

The indoor Raleigh play place features free play, along with coffee, gently used books, crafts, parties and more for purchase.

SnickerDoodles, the indoor play space that opened about a year ago in north Raleigh, is making some big changes to its business plan.

Starting Monday, Sept. 4, the play space will begin charging a small fee to play. Until now, it has been free.

"We have been working hard to make some improvements and changes to our space," the owners tell me in an email.

Starting Monday, open play will be offered for just $3 per child. Adults and kids under 12 months are free. Activities in the space's Messy Art Studio will cost $5 per child with a discount for siblings. Memberships and monthly passes also are available and will cut down on the cost if you go regularly. Memberships include a discount on cafe purchases, event admission, freebies and other perks.

The indoor playroom features a variety of creative centers, including a play kitchen, a pretend grocery store, a dinosaur discovery corner, a dress-up and puppet stage, a train table and a baby play corner.

For parents, there's free WIFI and a small cafe with beverages and snacks that will appeal to both kids and their caregivers. The menu has included stuffed baguettes from La Farm Bakery in Cary, fresh English muffins from Michael's Muffins in Raleigh, cupcakes from The Flour Pot in Raleigh, along with pastries and cookies from Ninth Street Bakery in Durham. Drinks include Italian sodas and Larry's Cold Brew coffee.

In the past several months, SnickerDoodles also has boosted its regular events to include storytime and craft programs, new enrichment programs, special events and more birthday party options.

The space is best for preschoolers and younger and has been a go-to spot for a lot of families. It's open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays. Weekends are reserved for birthday parties. You'll find SnickerDoodles at 3721 Lynn Rd., Raleigh.

SnickerDoodles' website has more information.

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