Chick-fil-A near Southpoint: It's for the kids
Fast food chains are an American institution, it seems. Yet it also seems that fast food restaurants with kids' play areas are a gift to parents.
C and I lunched at the Chick-fil-A near Renaissance Village. This is the standalone Chick-fil-A near Southpoint Mall, close to the SuperTarget as you come in off 751 from 40. It caters to parents and their kids, easily identifiable since when you drive by the restaurant you are going to see big, colorful tunnels in their front windows. So you know they have the play palace. It is full of tunnels, ladders, and steps. There are also mirrors and things that turn at toddler level. The rules are: kids 3 & under only, and no shoes (so you want to bring socks for the kids).
There are, of course, the usual problems with some very excited kids running at full steam. And I can imagine that, since it isn't a huge play space, it can get very crowded on weekends and rainy days so you'll want to watch for crowding. Yet overall it is a great thing to offer. Especially when mom gets to have some waffle fries while there. And, let's face it, odds are you need something at that SuperTarget.
Other things that are nice: there are so many highchairs you shouldn't have a problem getting one. The restaurant also provides self-adhesive disposable place mats for kids, so no need to bring your own this time. The fitness instructor in me has to point out that it can also provide a good learning opportunity to teach children how to order the healthier options at a fast food place! But, really, they have a play area.
Chick-fil-A's all over the nation are closed on Sundays.
Chick-fil-A at Renaissance Village
Note from Sarah C.: My experience with various Chick-fil-A locations in the Triangle and beyond is that you can get the Table Toppers free of charge. They are typically included in a kid's meal if you order one. However, if your little one is like mine and isn't quite ready for a kid's meal, just ask at the counter. The employees have kindly provided me with one every time - including at the mall food courts!