Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Whole World Is Our Playground - Playground Review Playtown Mississauga

It was a very chilly long weekend and the minions were going buggy.  Maybe it was the rush of Valentine's chocolate, or maybe it's that they hadn't been outside in days because it felt like minus 100. Either way it was time to work off some energy, so we decided to venture out to an indoor play centre to work off some much needed energy and sugar.

My park review disclaimer: If you don't live in the area I hope you enjoy the pics and can use some of the ideas to inspire and explore in your own city. If you have any recommendations for great playgrounds ideally some in Toronto proper (indoor or out or new criteria I haven't thought of) please post a comment on this post or email me at multiplemomstrosity@gmail.com


Playground Name:
Playtown

Location:
2170 Dunwin Drive #6 Mississauga, ON  L5L 5M8 (Erin Mills Pkwy & Dundas Street)


Jack at the fire station

Paging Dr. Molly to the Bunny cages


Parking:
There is free parking in the lot.  This location is a not near a Go Station.


Theme of Park:
Innovative, interactive and imagination based play town for young children.  .

Cost:
$11 per child ages 1-12.  Two adults may accompany any one child and kids under 12 months get in for free. There are annual passes available for purchase for $199.


French Fries, Order up, Large size!

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
There are a number of activities and play are geared towards kids aged 3-8 with some great staple play stations.  There is a small play area focused on infants, so they don't get trampled by older kids running from station to station in this recreation of a small town.

Outside the Beauty Boutique Salon

Best Part(s) of the Park:
This playground featured standard staple play areas that kids love including: a veterinary office, grocery store, restaurant, house, fire station, theatre with dress-up clothes and a stage, and mini roadway with ride-em toy cars.  Innovative play ideas that I haven't seen elsewhere (that the minions really got a kick out of) were the beauty salon complete with brushes, toy scissors, toy, hair dryers, bows, mirrors, and doll busts (like toy versions of the real ones used at beauty schools) to let the kids practice their "craft".  Jack got a big kick out of the scanner at the "grocer" that beeped whenever you ran any groceries over it.  The space has party rooms for birthdays, and a kitchen with a microwave where you can bring (and heat up) your own food.  The people running the centre do a very good job of ensuring that there isn't overcrowding, so kids get to play where they want, when they want,  I'd recommend calling ahead on weekends to reserve your space.
  

Downfalls:
This is more an interactive play centre than playground.  Yes, kids will get a chance to run around and use their imagination, but if your lil one needs monkey bars and climbing to work off their energy this isn't the place to visit.  There isn't a lot for infants or small toddlers to do, and while the vast facility is great for kids, it would be challenging for one guardian trying keep an eye on multiple kids, particularly if one was an infant.

Overall Rating:
I give this indoor playground a 3.5/5 score.  I base this on the satisfaction level of both kids in combination with the price paid.  For Molly who likes more imagination based play, this was a great find, however for a kid like Jack who needs a little more physical play I'd like something with a little more opportunity to climb, run and jump.  The staff was fantastically available, but didn't interfere with playing kids, which was refreshing! Kids who enjoy this playground would get a big kick out of Toronto's Children's Discovery Centre.


The slide beside the fire station

To read my review of Toronto's Children's Discovery Centre click here.

To read my indoor playground review for Balls of Fun in Mississauga click here.

To read my indoor playground review for Lil Monkeys Playground in Burlington click here.


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