In early November, a new play space called “Nook” opened in Arlington.  The catchy name describes the space perfectly – different nooks of play spaces for children. My daughter and I visited Nook on opening week and we were immediately in love with the minimalist, modern design that caters to both children and parents.

Upon entering, we were greeted at the door by Maria (the owner) and were directed to the iPads where we quickly checked in since we had already registered online. Maria has two of her own kids so has plenty of knowledge in child development coupled with her business background. She wanted to open a space that marries good design with a play space for children.

There are plenty of snacks and water for the kids and coffee for the adults that guests are welcome to before, during or after play.

There are “nook” areas for art, music, reading, building, climbing and sensory play. We stayed for about 2 hours and I think this was plenty of time for the space. There is a plush and cozy area for infants as well, but most of the space is geared for ages 1 to 4. My daughter (16 months) really enjoyed the dress up area.

In the photos below, you’ll see the “nooks” available on the day we went. The owner mentioned that she plans on changing these nooks periodically.

Nook Arlngton

Nook Play Space

Nook Play Space

Nook Playspace

Nook also has a separate room with a parents lounge and a private party space. The private parties have themes and work with a local baker for birthdays.  We had a wonderful time at Nook and are already looking forward to going back often this winter!

Nook Play Space

Nook Play space

Additional Information

  • If possible, register online before attending.
  • Only 30 children are allowed in the space at a time. If you head to the Nook website, you can check in real time the capacity of the play space before you head over.
  • Admission is $20 for a day pass; however you can save a little by purchasing a 10-day pass ($150) or a membership ($120/month).
  • There is a very small parking lot in front of Nook. Some additional free street parking is available.
  • Nook will host several holiday events in December, visit their “news” page for the full scoop.

Photos courtesy of Kathy Fleming and Abby Jiu.

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