Who wants to go to a musical playground? Hands raised with enthusiasm–mine included. At this point in the summer I’m seeking the August trifecta: 1) something different, 2) something in air-conditioning, 3) something roughly 30 minutes away (often a guaranteed catnap for my youngest). Off we went to Notasium in Durham. (Cary location opening in early 2018!)
Notasium opened in 2015, but I heard about it only recently from my 4-yr old niece. She loved it so I knew my son of the same age would be a perfect fit. I was less certain about my 7-yr old because I couldn’t quite judge from the online photos if the play space would be “too babyish” (as what happened when we ventured to SnickerDoodles). Much to our delight, Notasium’s large and open play space appeased both kids equally– as well as me. (Two words: Karaoke rooms)
Here’s why the kids liked it:
-A giant musical guitar slide
-An inflatable “drum shaped” bouncy house
-A step-on keyboard that is smaller than the one in Big, but works really well unlike the floor model at Learning Express. Sheet music is posted to stomp out classic kid tunes
-The Beat Kitchen where you can bang away on all sorts of things like pots and pans.
-Private karaoke rooms with a huge digital music library representing all genres of music.
Here’s why I liked it:
– Enclosed play area with one main entrance.
-Ample parent seating bordering the entire play space offering full views and a place to have an adult conversation or a moment to yourself. (Don’t fret parents of toddlers, you’ll get there. Hold strong!)
-Snacks for sale if you forgot ‘em. (Think Annie’s, Zbars, juice boxes, etc.)
-Socks for sale if you forgot ‘em. ($1)
-Coffee for sale if you need it (nothing fancy so don’t expect a latte).
-A full 2.5 hours of entertainment before any whining or asking for snacks (might be a record for my two).
-Equal parts education, play, and fun. We left with a better understanding of flats, sharps, and the actual words to JT’s Can’t Stop The Feeling. (Boy, have we been watermeloning that one!)
Open Play admission is $8 ($6 for siblings) and free for parents and kids under one. Play hours are currently Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Notasium also offer music lessons, camps, birthday parties, and the occasional parent’s night out. Visit their Facebook page for the latest event information.
Bottom line: This innovative play space is a great addition to your indoor play rotation.