Rainbow Play Systems
** Updated 5/15/12: open play hours. **
Rainbow Play Systems is a rainbow of opportunity (ok, as cheesy as that line is, it is still true & I stand by it). This is a company that sells playground equipment, cribs, beds, dressers, changing tables and more. But, a la Play Nation, they encourage parents and kids to come out and actually play with their gear.
Located off of Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, it might be a little haul for the Chapel Hill-ians out there, but it was a lot of fun for our little gang. We just recommend going when it isn't so hot. There is an entire outdoor area full of beautiful swingsets and gyms. But due to the heat and sun, we weren't able to use these. If you can, plan on going on a nice day to take advantage of this mecca of playgrounds.
Inside, Rainbow Play Systems has a large party room in the back. The floor is padded, there are some tables and chairs, and along one wall are some arcade games (quarters needed to play). In the center is a very large playgym.
The Rainbow Play Systems gym equipment is all wood, and very high quality. Our boys had a great time exploring the indoor area. There are some elements that are for the older kids, so we got a little nervous with our toddlers trying to climb the open ladder, but our toddlers also had a lot of fun making us nervous. There were the toddler-appropriate elements, too.
You have to pay to play. Kids under 2 are free, kids over 2 are $5. You can play as long as you want. Hours are limited for open play, though: Mondays - Fridays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
No food here, but you are welcome to bring items in.
They do offer party packages, and there is a plain party room available in addition to the large indoor play gym area.
Rainbow Play Systems says that they are going to be adding trampolines to the items they sell. Is there a trampoline showroom in the future? Part of me hopes so, and part of me is scared of the craziness that will ensue if there is. We'll just have to see.
By the way, Brier Creek is right down the road, so we paired this outing with some Maggie Moo's ice cream. The boys and the mommies highly recommend that!
Rainbow Play Systems Showroom, NC
8732 Glenwood Ave