It’s been a while since I last stopped by The Barnyard Indoor Playground. They are Wichita’s first indoor playground specifically designed for kids 6 and under. My daughter has been multiple times and always enjoyed it there.
Last month, a deer came crashing through the glass window and was trapped inside the playground. Rescuers had to come help the deer escape through the shattered window. Needless to say, the deer caused a lot of damage inside and forced Barnyard Indoor Playground to close. It’s the craziest of stories and the worst luck to happen to a small business. When they could open back up, I made sure to find some time to take my daughter back.
9428 W Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67212
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
For those new to the Barnyard Indoor Playground, it’s a 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.
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. 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.
We don’t have the largest play area at home for my daughter, nor do we have other kids her age to interact with unless you count my maturity level. Barnyard has a big open area for her to roam around and do whatever she wants. Here’s a look inside:
Every time we go, we spend about a couple of hours there. I let her do her thing, interact with other kids, drag me to play, try to figure out certain toys etc.
There’s comfortable new seating along the walls for parents to sit at and unwind if needed.
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 don’t sing and dance for other kids so I kept to myself.
Probably the favorite part for me is watching my daughter interact and see how she is around other children. It warmed my heart to watch her join other kids and stack blocks or try to hand them stuff when they were playing. She just wanted to be included and be a little helper. (Excuse me, while I wipe the tears from my eyes).
After a while, she came up to me to say “bye bye” and I knew that was her way of telling me, “Dad, I’m hungry, tired, lets get out of here.”
If you have little ones between the ages of one and six, I’d highly recommend checking them out. The Barnyard is also available to rent for your kids private parties.
For more information, visit their website.
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