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The Best Coworking and Childcare Centers Across America

Written by your friends at bümo.

"Sometimes, you just need to get away in order to get things finished—but you don't want to leave your kids."

LOS ANGELES

With BümoWork’s high quality amenities and expert-designed early childhood curriculum powered by BümoBrain, you are empowered to work hard and parent hard. Your child will have access to state-of-the-art toys while you enjoy their beautiful workspaces, glam area, nursing room, access to events and workshops, and so much more! Childcare is provided for kids ages six months to 5 years of age with various plans offered so you can choose what best fits your family’s schedule.

A great spot, WeVillage features drop-off childcare from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. “I couldn’t find a beautiful space with high-quality care that fit my schedule, so I decided to create it,” says founder Karen Beninati. Kids can play in the thoughtfully designed play area for an hourly rate that ranges from $14-$22 depending on age. Monthly or yearly memberships are available, as are a preschool program and catered meals.

At Pamper & Play you can set up in the parent lounge while kids ages 8 months to 8 years are entertained in the supervised play area. The facility welcomes walk-ins and provides free coffee and wi-fi for grown-ups and healthy snacks available for purchase for the little ones. The admission price is $12 per hour per child for ages 3 and up, $15 for ages 2 and younger. Five-hour play packs (to be used over multiple visits) are $36 for ages 3 and up and $46 for younger children.

Another flexible option with boatloads of convenient amenities, Wiggle & Work is a local gem that offers a couple of different workspace options. If your little one doesn’t want you out of sight, the first floor has working desks right near the playground entrance so you can be productive while your child plays  peacefully knowing you’re there. You’ll also get a pager so the super-efficient staff of trained childcare professionals can let you know if you’re needed below. Most likely, however, your sprouts will be so engaged with crafts, sensory activities, ball pits, music, and playground antics, they’ll be begging to stay longer.

With all of the tech companies popping up in Playa Vista, it only makes sense that Brella is a hotspot. Brella is different from some of the other spaces mentioned in that they don’t require pre-paid plans or memberships to take advantage of their state-of-the-art childcare or workplace amenities. Just download their app and book/pay by the hour. The app lets you schedule in advance or drop in with the littles after those last-minute nanny cancellations. Throw in an expertly crafted childcare curriculum, carefully trained staff, and a beautiful facility and you and your brood will never want to leave!

Bay Area

Besides having the coolest name, this 100% mother- and member-run collective acts as a support system, creative outlet, and proverbial village for women at various stages of motherhood or career. The Business Incubator is for anyone looking to pick up a new skill, explore, learn something. As the name suggests, failing (and picking yourself back up) is wholeheartedly supported. And yes, there’s on-site childcare.

The Garden provides children with play-based care from instructors with at least 12 credits of early childhood education classes. The workspace area provides the basics, like WiFi and fax machines, and includes snack options. It also has all amenities for moms—pumping rooms, a lounge where parents can interact with their kids between meetings and an amazing on-site childcare space with a gorgeous café to grab a bite in. 

This Berkeley-located space has dubbed itself “the family spot,” and with its play space (filled with tons of toys for kids of all ages) and open seating area for the parents, we couldn’t agree more! It features various age-appropriate areas for your kids to explore. If you really need to focus, register for Parent Time Out—a guided play time where a coordinator keeps the kids happy with story times and activities while you get workin’. 

Recess Collective considers itself more than just a childcare center, it’s a full support system for families offering a safe and welcoming space for kids and parents. Becoming a member gives you access to a broad range of services including play spaces designed to meet the needs of kids. In addition to the massive indoor play yard, Recess Collective also offers classes for kids, like music and bilingual story time. Parents are free to engage with their kids in the space, set up playgroups with other member families, or  utilize the time to get some things done. 

A 4,000-square-foot play space might seem like a hot spot for little ones, but with its coffee bar and working tables, it’s also a working haven for parents. Your kids will love exploring the art studio, play area, and rock climbing wall, while you pop out your laptop, pour a cup of java and answer some emails. If you have a baby in tow, the space also has a relaxing nursing area with a changing station stocked with wipes and diapers. Even better, Play Haven offers a slew of classes for kids so your kiddo can participate in a new activity or two (like dancing and music!) while you crank out some work.

New York

The “work” part of Giocare’s Work & Play program is an option only till 1 in the afternoon, but we know most parents are masters at getting a lot done in a short amount of time. Giocare makes that easy with loads of amenities. The “play” part borrows heavily from the traditional preschool experience, with supervision of songs, imaginative play, music, and crafts. The Park Slope location means that most errands are within walking distance should you opt for the drop-off preschool alternative program.

The Wing, a members-only workspace designed for women, recently expanded its amenities to include childcare in The Little Wing. The workspace for professional women also offers empowering events, speakers and community-building activities. The childcare spaces are colorful, inviting and fully furnished in Crate & Kids. In addition to babysitting services, while you work, The Little Wing also offers enrichment classes for kids, like music, art and yoga, as well as workshops for parents.

The Wonder is designed especially for the needs of New York families. This space is perfect for a mom who needs a few hours to work while their child participates in a class or two. Parents can hang out in the coworking room and at the communal table as well as order from the Cafe window. There is a soothing nursery space, where you can feed your baby in a comfy armchair or pop your bub down for a little rest. Membership at The Wonder is a fixed $450 per month for the whole family, no matter how many kids you have. 

WASHINGTON D.C.

Elemeno is a sanctuary for all. What used to be a drop-by space nestled in Capitol Hill is now members-only—because the place is so damn popular. And with all of the many different levels of memberships comes access to ample perks: chic and airy working spaces, family-friendly social events, an inside play space (with monkey bars, slides, all the things to keep kids busy during those long D.C. winters). Plus, you can find skill-building classes, quiet areas, and a “room with balloons” that kids go absolutely apesh*t for. Coffee in the a.m., beer and wine for happy hour—it’s all here. (Pro tip: Take advantage of the “date-night” hours.)

Dreamed up by business school friends and new parents Kelsey Lents and JP Coakley, Two Birds is  a family-friendly version of WeWork. The premise: a place where you can drop off the kids for the day, learn new things, manage your work-life-baby balance, meet like-minded people, and get things done. Which is exactly what one can expect to do at the Tenleytown, D.C., location, which is just as conducive to settling into one of the pump or nursing lounges as it is to scheduling a meeting with clients in a conference room. There’s a little something for everyone: parent-focused educational classes, like sleep training, and community-focused events, like happy hours.

AUSTIN

On-site kid care you can reserve online, a spacious light-filled café (with snacks! and free Wi-Fi!), a shaded outdoor space with picnic tables—the Hive is a working-parent’s dream. Need to dial in to a conference call? Pop into one of the private rooms. Looking for somewhere to meet for coffee? There’s a spot for that, too. Parents can get down to business in their co-working office by renting a desk monthly that comes with childcare, printing, conference room use and even a bottle of wine on Fridays. As a perk, The Hive has a nice breakfast, lunch and snack menu which includes coffee drinks, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps and more.

CHICAGO

The EvolveHer loft isn’t just a workspace, it’s a community made for working women. In addition to offering a welcoming environment, the co-working space with dedicated desks and private offices just for women also features weekly events designed to support its members, as well as event space to rent and a studio to record podcasts or videos.  It offers plenty of other amenities including a pumping room, a vanity room and a fully-stocked kitchen for when you forget to pack your own lunch. EvolveHer has a partnership with Sprouts Academy, a preschool located in the same building as the offices, to provide childcare for members.

Finding that elusive work-life balance can be especially daunting when you can’t ever seem to get work done. Sometimes, you just need to get away in order to get things finished. That’s why we truly hope you check out these centers all across the country: your kids can be happy, safe, and socially stimulated while you work!

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