The Nest

1301 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.545.6378
kids@nestphilly.com

The other day I had three hours to kill before naptime and it was raining…for the third day in a row. Now I have a lot of tricks in my bag but I am not a magician and it was going to take more than my usual for us all to survive the next three hours.  So what did I do? I put the kids in the car and headed to IKEA. That’s right I took them to the parental Swedish playground. Not my proudest moment but it did the trick.

 

welcome

With the opening of the Nest in Center City my kids just might be spared future trips to IKEA. The Nest boasts three floors of escapism, enrichment and entertainment.  Let’s cover the urban basics:

  1. lounge

    Validated parking $4.00 / 3hours (Purple Members Only)

  2. Stroller parking: Big enough for the Dugggar’s
  3. Café: So yes you just might get to eat today!
  4. Kiddie gym: Enough said.
  5. Art room: Keeping your couch paint free!
  6. Open play area: Love the playhouse but the room needs more toys.
  7. Modern: Because you deserve it.
  8. Make sure you pack socks for you and your little one.

Talking to the owners I know they have invested a lot of care, time and thought in the classes they offer and the teachers in charge of them. My plan is to do some drop in classes to see what the boys like before I sign them up. The reason I am doing this is because cost of  the classes are on the higher side of the spectrum then I am used to seeing. The environment is fancier than the other places and the class offerings seem really good so a higher price tag is to be expected. Bottom line I like what they have done, I like what they are doing and I hope it really does become the family hub they are hoping to create. class schedule class application complete list of programs

 What does it cost?

 To have access to the first floor amenities and ground floor play area it is $295 a year ($30 / month) per family. Please note that is per family and not per child.  This is what they call the Green Membership. There are also some perks regarding priority enrollment for classes, etc.

 If you kick it up a notch to become to a Purple Membership you are paying $595 a year ($55/ month) per family.  This also gets you discounted parking and 15% off all the first floor amenities.

Can’t commit? (Which I have dubbed Grey membership…get it?) You are welcome to drop in 4 times a year for $20 a pop.

 

playhouse

My biggest issues is I want to put the kids in classes but I am paying $600 plus the cost of the classes for a season so I am looking at upwards of $1,000. And I also like to go to a lot of different places to keep it interesting. some parents are fine having one main location. On the other hand winter is coming and most the places I take the boys right now are outside. I am really torn on this one and would love to know what other parents are thinking.

9 Comments

  1. Is there a parking lot? Do you remember how much parking is if you’re just a one time drop in visitor? I’d love to check this place out. Thanks!

    1. Author

      Hey Debbie.
      There is a parking lot. If you are coming from Broad Street down Locust the parking lot is on the left. It is right before the light and right before the nest which is on the corner. The Nest does validate but I can’t remember if that is only for members. When we were members (lower level membership) the cost of parking was $8.00.

      You can sometimes score metered parking right on that block. The spaces turn over more right on Locust between Broad and 13th, On 13th between Locust and Walnut and on Walnut between Broad and 13th. I will say that if you hate parallel parking these are busy street and even me who does not mind holding up traffic HATE parallel parking on anything but Locust.

      I hope this helps and if you need more playspaces to visit just let me know the age of your child!
      Have a fun day,
      Sibyl

      1. Thank you!
        My son is 2.5 years old. We’re new to Philly. I’m looking for places that aren’t too big, or hot because I’m pregnant and don’t have a lot of energy to run after my very active boy.
        Thanks
        Debbie

        1. Author

          Got it. I think you might want to look into the following:
          Camden’s Children’s Garden. Duck, Duck, Goose Playroom, Sister Cities Park. I will think of more for you and shoot them over when I do. By My Side Playgroup is also wonderful if you are not prissy. I say that b/c the toys are used and the building is run down (I am not exactly doing the best job of selling it here) but it is wonderful. The review is on the site under playrooms.

        2. Author

          Got it. I think you might want to look into the following:
          Camden’s Children’s Garden. Duck, Duck, Goose Playroom, Sister Cities Park. I will think of more for you and shoot them over when I do. By My Side Playgroup is also wonderful if you are not prissy. I say that b/c the toys are used and the building is run down (I am not exactly doing the best job of selling it here) but it is wonderful. The review is on the site under playrooms.
          Herron Park Sprayground also might be a great option for you.

  2. I’m all in for purple. I don’t care how much it costs. This place is a dream come true. O’s been going every day with her Nanny during the free trial period. We can’t wait for classes to start. Now we can stop going to the crappy classes at Philly Kids Gym. I hate giving business to them but they have been the only gym in town…

  3. We joined…..The kids love it. Haven’t signed up for classes yet but we will definitely use playspace and art room(when it’s available)….especially Nov-March
    Sybil—just a heads up.
    …the only drop in class as of right now is ‘drop-in ART.’

    1. Author

      I saw that. I think I might see if I can try a month there and see how much we really go. I am not worried about parking more my motivation when the temperature is freezing with all the bundling up and getting them in and out of the car. Henry is not a big deal but Ollie can be tricky! Thank you so much for the comment.

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