I drop my 3-year old son off at Playland at Fred Meyer pretty regularly. Regularly enough that he knows all the attendants and has his favorite toys in there. Sometimes I go grocery shopping. Sometimes I peruse the book section. And sometimes I sit at Starbucks and space out for an hour, the maximum time allotted at Playland. I used to bring my laptop and write, but those days were short-lived, as my infant daughter is no longer content to just fall asleep in the front pack.
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Daniel Eddy, a New York City chef, on how to have a mutually-successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant ("How to Take Your Kids Out to Eat and Actually Enjoy the Experience," July 14, 2016). WSJ obviously thinks the fact that being a chef qualifies one as an expert the subject; it seems to me, however, that a waitperson would have the better perspective.