My daughter has been walking much more lately. She’s a ball of energy and sometimes I feel bad for not giving her the space to be free and explore more. Someone recently recommended that I go check out The Barnyard Indoor Playground.
After looking into the place more, they are Wichita’s first indoor playground specifically designed for kids 6 and under. It was exactly what I was looking for. I called them up, and they had an open play session that we stopped by for.
9428 W Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67212
Tuesday: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 4pm
Thursday – Friday: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
I’m relatively new to this reviewing and writing about child establishments, so I hope I do them justice.
The Barnyard Indoor Playground is place you can take your little ones for a fun, safe environment to play with your kids, engage with them and offer them the space to roam around and do whatever. It’s completely adult supervised with rules.
While I have very limited experiences with these types of places, I found the pricing to be very affordable. They had Open Play sessions available on their calendar (via their website) that was a flat rate of $8 so you could stay the entire time. For example, their open play was available one day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. which the admission covered. Adults were free and socks were available for purchase for $1 in case you forgot them.
There’s also play passes available that bring the admission price down if you wanted to buy in bulk.
It was the perfect-sized space for my daughter and the handful of other kids who were there playing. My daughter was probably the youngest of the kids but enjoyed watching the “big kids” play. There was plenty of space for everybody to do their own thing and enjoy the playground.
I talked to the owner for a bit because what parent isn’t going to put anybody dealing with their kid under a microscope? The owner was an elementary teacher for 10 years and decided to go out and open the playground. She was very engaging with the children, played songs, encouraged them to dance and everything. I avoided dancing because I didn’t want to scare the children; I’ve already scarred my daughter with my dancing and singing abilities at home. I don’t need to bring that fear on other kids.
My daughter had an amazing time there for the hour and a half we stopped by for. Her face was so animated with smiles and constant clapping. It brought so much joy to my heart seeing her happy that we intend to go again soon. Whether it was going down the slide, crawling underneath a caterpillar tunnel, sitting on a mini-trampoline or trying to walk away from her embarrassing hovering dad, she used every bit of energy she had right before her afternoon nap.
I think of all the ways I’ve spent $8 on her from food she eats half of, toys she has touched once, and clothes she’s never worn and outgrown, this was probably one of the best investments I’ve made for her.
We are definitely going back and I’ve already looked into other options there.
There are happy hours on some days between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. where admission is just $5. Yes, I’m now that parent who gets more excited about happy hours for my daughter at a playground than the bars.
Private tutoring is also available where they specialize in preschool tutoring, letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. They also do sign language tutoring or can customize your tutoring needs. There’s a Stay and Play option where you can drop off your children for 2 hours for a $20 fee which could be a great option for all you work from home parents who may need those couple hours for a big remote meeting. And lastly, there’s a Jumpstart class on Wednesdays that involve a limited group of kids where they have morning circle time, stories, songs, activities, and lots of fun in a small group environment.
All of this is relatively new to me, so I’m learning more as I go. But from our first experience at The Barnyard Indoor Playground, we loved it.
We’ll be headed back soon and hope to share more in the future.
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