We have an IKEA in our area, close enough to tempt me but not close enough to make regular visits. Oh how I would love to have weekly play-dates/mommy get together there! Let me tell you a few reasons why:
1. Smaland! For 60 minutes our bigger/potty trained kids (37" - 54" tall) can play in a wonderful place called Smaland. Our IKEA has a ball pit, loft with movies playing, play kitchen area, a place to draw and color and a bunch of other fun things to do.
2. Ice Cream Cones - Our littles were sad about not getting to go to Smaland but were quickly calmed after receiving ice-cream cones. Only 99 cents! What a deal.
3. Kids can play on the furniture. - After their 60 minutes in Smaland were up we took the kids up to the Children's Furniture area to play. They have bedrooms set up that kids can explore (ie - play on and around). Those crazy hats were on sale that day, only $2.50 each!
Last but not least:
4. The Food!! - IKEA has a lovely little cafeteria with very reasonably priced food. Many of it exotic Swedish options. :) We went on a Thursday so I had the special, only $1.99 for roast chicken and mashed potatoes. $1.99 people! They have other specials, on Tuesday kid's eat free and on Wednesdays you can feed a family (2 adults and 2 kids) for only $9.99. Regular kid's meals are only $2.99 and there are many kid-friendly options.
The day I went I got a Swedish "tapas" as a side. It had shrimp/carrots, cheese and smoked salmon. YUMMY! We all split the chocolate cake you see and I also got free coffee since I'm a Ikea Family member.
I wish we lived closer because I'd go every week! I've been known to spend 6 hours there with a friend and our kids before (breakfast and lunch there, score!). What do you love about IKEA?