Safety Features all Indoor Playgrounds Should Have

indoor playground MapleWe all have those memories of times when fun and games ended in tears, though for some of us in Maple they are no longer just memories but an everyday reality! We know that as parents your first and foremost concern is for the safety and well-being of your children. That is why we created this list of safety considerations to help avoid mishaps, or at least to ensure that the mishaps are nothing worse than a valuable lesson for your child.

Indoor Playground Safety Considerations

  • Safe Play: Common sense is worth repeating; No roughhousing on moving equipment. Go down slides feet-first. Make sure that trampolines (not suitable for children under 6, by the way) have plenty of overhead clearance, soft surrounds and no holes or protruding springs.
  • Adult Supervision: Young kids can’t always gauge distances correctly or foresee dangerous consequences on their own. This also applies to older kids who are especially fond of testing their limits. It is therefore necessary to ensure that your indoor playground always has a supervising adult who can see all areas of the playground and is ready to deal with emergencies.
  • Surfaces: Cushioned or shock absorbent surfacing should extend at least 6 feet beyond equipment. Surfaces that are on the harder and rougher end of the spectrum should be reserved for kids who are old enough to deal with a few harmless knocks and scrapes or avoid them altogether.
  • First Aid: Be prepared for injuries. Along with the proper emergency procedures, playground staff should be properly trained in paediatric first aid since first aid for children isn’t necessarily the same as first aid for adults. If your child has a condition that requires constant observation and specialist treatment such as diabetes, epilepsy, allergies or similar then you should let the playground staff know. Depending on what it is, our playground staff in Maple may be able keep a stock of spare medication for your child, just in case.
  • Clothing: Indoor playgrounds generally don’t have clothing restrictions for their patrons, but as a parent it is important for you to ensure that whatever your child is wearing will not cause them harm in a playground accident. This will change as kids become more able with age, but as a general rule of thumb it is a good idea to avoid wearing clothes with drawstrings or any kind of jewellery such as necklaces, rings or bracelets while at the playground. These can accidentally get caught on parts of the playground, which can be quite distressing if not painful.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of safety considerations; you could probably add quite a few more points without thinking too hard. However, if you still have any lingering questions on how to keep your young ones safe without ruining the fun for them then please call us or better yet, come in and talk to us if you happen to find yourself in the Maple area.

Your Indoor Playground Checklist

Indoor Playgrounds Richmond HillAs winter approaches in Richmond Hill many parents will be thinking of ways for their children to expend their energy and indulge their natural curiosity without freezing to death. Whether it’s a birthday treat, a spot of crisis aversion or time set aside for the children to play and learn with you and other children, indoor playgrounds are a fun and safe place for children to test their limits.
Important Things to Consider For Indoor Playgrounds

  • Safety: We know that as a parent this is one of your foremost priorities. Make sure that you are satisfied with the condition of the equipment. Ask about the level of staff training as well as the policies and procedures in place to ensure that mishaps are dealt with properly or avoided altogether.
  • Equipment: The toys and equipment should be age appropriate. If the playground is enjoyed by children of different age groups, then the equipment should provide the children with the level of challenge and fun that is appropriate for their age while being safe for all concerned. Sandboxes, shock-absorbent surfacing and open-ended equipment are staples of a well-equipped indoor playground.
  • Activities: There’s more to playgrounds than the equipment. Good playgrounds are places where the only thing limiting kids is their imagination. Playgrounds can also stretch and stimulate children’s imagination with educational activities such as workshops, special events and themes.
  • Location: The playground may be a way of averting crisis, so you certainly don’t want the trip to and from the playground itself to turn into a crisis. Make sure that the playground is a convenient or at least tolerable distance for travel. It is also helpful to have other amenities such as shops and child friendly restaurants nearby. Richmond Hill is a kid friendly neighbourhood where you can be sure that your little one will be able to easily meet, play and make friends with other kids.
  • Opening Times: It would be a shame to rock up to the playground only to find it closed, which may even result in you getting an earful from the little one! Most playgrounds open from early morning until around noon during weekdays and from mid-morning until the late afternoon on weekends. There may also be specific times for certain activities that are designed for specific ages. Be sure to check and confirm before you set off.
  • Facilities: Play can get messy – and so it should! Just as it is important to let kids have their messy fun to learn from, it is important that the playground has toilets, wash rooms and water fountains that are safe and conveniently placed for both adults and children. Adults should be able to grab a coffee or a bite to eat and have comfortable seating for when they simply want to watch while their children run riot.

Play And Party is more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to call us or better yet, come and visit us in Richmond Hill!

How to Plan the Perfect party at an Indoor Playground

indoor playground auroraSo you – or rather your child – would like to have a birthday party at an indoor playground. Awesome! Playgrounds are an excellent choice of venue for hosting children’s parties for many reasons; the staff are experienced in dealing with children, there is little or no setting up and cleaning up for you to do and there are already plenty of features and equipment to keep the children entertained. With all of these factors combined, indoor playgrounds can certainly lend themselves to themed parties that really set young imaginations free; just imagine creating a pirate lagoon at your house in Aurora versus the playground. Yup, thought so. Below is a short list of things to consider for the party.

Planning Your Indoor Playground Party

  • Activities: Ask the venue about any packages or party specials that are available upon request. The venue will almost certainly be able to help with booking entertainers if required.
  • Themes: Don’t get us wrong, playgrounds are great for kids just the way they are, but if you’re not planning a theme for the party you may be missing a trick! Discuss details with the venue as they may have their own decorations. Some venues allow very limited outside decorations to be brought in or don’t allow balloons so it’s best to check first.
  • Food: Plan the menu. If you have specific dietary requirements for the party then you should coordinate these with the venue, who may be able to help you to prepare food onsite or arrange catering for you. Some venues allow you to make all of your own catering arrangements and bring in food and drinks from outside.
  • Scheduling: Timing and coordination is crucial for these kinds of events. Make sure that your desired venue is available during your desired time slot well in advance. Certain venues may be willing to be flexible with their opening and closing times for the convenience of you and your guests.
  • Payment: Clarify all costs with the venue beforehand. This may include such things as upfront deposits, final payments, member / walk-in rates for guests. This is your opportunity to negotiate a good deal!
  • Get Help: Line up any help you may need well in advance. Whether you need help with camera work, music, setting up, catering or adult supervision you should speak to the venue first about the kind of assistance that they do or don’t provide.
  • Multimedia: If you intend to stream music, have a live web broadcast or simply wish to allow the adults present to have internet connectivity for their devices you should ensure that the WiFi available in the required area has a strong enough signal. If you wish to record the event on camera then you may want to ask the venue if the camera and post-production work is included in any of their packages.

Whether you live in the Aurora itself or any of the surrounding areas, please feel free to come in and talk to us about your ideas and requirements for your upcoming party!

What You Get With an Indoor Playground that You Don’t with Other Attractions for Kids

Today’s world is a complex, fast-paced and often dangerous place. Parents are busier than ever before working long hours in the quest to provide a better life for their families. At the same time they need to find safe, healthy places for their kids to play that are also lots of fun. Letting the kids just run off to the park like grandma and grandpa did is not such a great idea anymore. Yet at the same time you can’t just have the kids running through the home office while you’re trying to work or sitting in front of the TV all day. As a result, more and more parents are discovering the many benefits of the indoor playground.

Indoor Playground Advantages

These professionally run centres offer safe, supervised, super-fun environments for daily play or birthday parties where your child is shielded from the hazards of the outdoors as well as the ever changing, often harsh Toronto weather. Their main advantages include:

  • Accountability – You know where your child is at all times. There’s no danger your son or daughter will wander off, no need to worry about them encountering strangers on the street, no need to try and track them down because they’re late getting home from their friends house. You know exactly where they are and you know they’re having fun.
  • Safety – You also know they’re at an indoor location with limited access 30and a trained staff of professionals overseeing them. But that’s not all: they’re also playing on and around some of the safest playground equipment ever made. Today’s state of the art indoor playground sets are designed to minimize the hazards while maximizing fun. No more park swings with their rusty steel chains. No more skateboarders flying around endangering everyone.
  • Fitness and Fun – While safety and accountability are extremely important, kids really just want to have fun; which is what draws them to places like the arcade and the park to begin with. To that end the indoor playground offers an incredible range of exciting, engaging play setups outdoor parks or friend’s backyards just can’t match. Organized activities too can teach kids valuable lessons about sharing and cooperation they’ll never learn playing video games all day.

It should also be mentioned that special needs kids often thrive in the safe, controlled atmosphere of the indoor playground. Many safety and security issues that can prevent them from joining in outdoor fun are swept away in the indoor environment and many of them experience for the first time the carefree excitement of just being a kid.

An indoor play facility is the ideal place for high-energy kids that lack safe, clean, fun places to play. They’re also perfect for other kids who love to engage in fun group activities with their friends and they can really help parents who are trying to break their child’s unhealthy fixation on video games. Parents looking for new, innovative ideas for their kids’ birthday parties will also find these play centres to be perfect settings for parties their kids will never forget.

Play and Party indoor playground and centre for birthday centre was created to bring entertainment for the whole family, a vision of becoming a place of fun and happy memories. We have hosted birthday parties for kids in Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Stouffville, King City, Maple and New Market. Visit us on Google+.

Factors to Compare When Assessing the Different Indoor Playground Options in Your Area

If you live in a modern urban area like Greater Toronto where do you find a place for your children to play that’s both fun and safe? Many parents in search of an answer to this question have discovered indoor playgrounds and their increasing popularity is testament to the fundamental soundness of the concept. Still, it can be difficult to determine which of these facilities may be right for your child and so to help you make an informed decision we present here a few questions to ask and things to consider when choosing an indoor playground.

Finding the Right Indoor Playground

  • Safety – The number 1 concern when it comes to leaving your child anywhere you are not is safety. To set your mind at ease you may want to ask some or all of these questions: Who is in charge? What are their qualifications? Are there security cameras in the facility? Is there a qualified health professional on site at all times? What are the procedures in case of a health emergency?
  • Size of Facility – Kids are bundles of nearly limitless energy looking for ways to release that energy. They need to run, jump, climb, run some more, toss things, catch things and then run some more. Make sure any indoor playground is in a large enough space to accommodate kids being kids.
  • Number of Kids – On an average day how many children will be using the facility at any one time? Is there adequate staff to handle all the kids and give them personal attention if they need it? Are there limits on how many kids the facility will accept?
  • Equipment and Activities – What type of playground sets are available and are they new or dog-eared? Are these playground sets age appropriate for your kids (some are designed for older kids while some are designed for toddlers and the like)? What type of organized activities are available? Are their facilities available for birthday parties?
  • Location – You may want to chose a facility that’s as close as possible to either your work or home, if only to cut down on reaction time should there be an emergency. Also, you’ll probably want to take a tour of the surrounding neighbourhood and, while you’re at it, check if there are police and fire stations nearby.
  • Hours of Operation – Different facilities have different hours of operation. Some open early, some later. Some have rigid schedules, some are more flexible. Some have special hours for birthday parties. If you get stuck at work or in traffic and can’t be there at the usual time what happens? Is there a financial penalty for pickup after normal hours of operation?

There’s a lot to consider when choosing an indoor playground for your child, but with the growing number of these facilities it’s a good bet you’ll find one that’s right for you. The important thing is to ask plenty of questions during the interview process so that you can make an intelligent decision based on facts.

Play and Party indoor playground and centre for birthday centre was created to bring entertainment for the whole family, a vision of becoming a place of fun and happy memories. We have hosted birthday parties for kids in Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Stouffville, King City, Maple and New Market. Visit us on Google+.

How An Indoor Playground Can Greatly Benefit Your Child

indoor playgrounds MarkhamPlaygrounds are children’s own personal worlds of adventure, catered to kids and kids alone. Unlike most of the normal world, playgrounds are kid-sized and kid-dominated. We all have our own personal memories of exploring the world contained within playgrounds as children, where nothing but the ends of our own imaginations could contain us.

Children love indoor playgrounds because of their seemingly endless new twists and turns. From slides and ball pits to climbing mats and jungle gyms, children’s primary objective on the playground is having fun. What many parents don’t realize is that while their children are having fun, they are also gaining skills and abilities that are essential to their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Here are a few of the documented benefits of regular playtime beyond good, old-fashioned fun.

Five Benefits of Bringing Your Child to an Indoor Playground

  • Physical Strength and Health. Childhood obesity is quickly becoming a global health problem. Glued to electronics and consuming unhealthy processed food, far too many children have mostly sedentary lifestyles that involve little physical activity. When the iPads are taken away and children are brought to an exciting place of discovery such as an indoor playground, they quickly feel the urge to run, jump, climb, and swing, testing out their body’s abilities and building strength and endurance.
  • Coordination and Balance. Climbing up slides, hanging off of bars, and running from one piece of equipment to another not only provides children with heart-healthy, muscle-building exercise, but it also improves children’s flexibility and gross motor skills, protecting them from injury during playtime. Children gain confidence in their own bodies when they are able to use them in a constructive way every day.
  • Social and Communication Skills. One of the most important parts of indoor playground play are the extensive social benefits. Interacting with children they’ve never met, kids learn how to get along with others, work as a team, share, take turns, and communicate ideas. Playing together on the playground, at school, and at birthday parties helps children to grow into adults who know how to work together and maintain professional relationships despite differences.
  • Problem Solving. Social cooperation and individual ingenuity both require children to develop problem-solving skills. Effective problem solving is integral to academic and social success when children start school, and helps children to learn important coping mechanisms that will aid them throughout life.
  • Creativity and Imagination. The characters and plots may seem silly to us now, but children’s make-pretend imaginative scenarios are vital to developing critical thinking abilities, an understanding of how the world around them works, and how it might work better. After all, they’ll never understand physics if they don’t understand magic.

Serving kids of all ages from around the Markham, Richmond Hill, Stouffville, King City, Aurora, Maple, and Newmarket areas, Play & Party features a safe, clean, and fun indoor playground perfect for birthday parties, weekend treats, and everyday good times.

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Play and Party indoor playground and centre for birthday centre was created to bring entertainment for the whole family, a vision of becoming a place of fun and happy memories. We have hosted birthday parties for kids in Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Stouffville, King City, Maple and New Market. Visit us on Google+.

Why an Indoor Playground is a Great Place to Bring Your Kid

Markham Indoor PlaygroundWe all remember the joy of playtime as a child. We spent hours investigating hills of crawling ants, waiting our turn to go down the same slide over and over again, and creating stories with our new friends for the day. Most of us wouldn’t exchange the time we spent playing as kids for anything.

Children can turn almost any place they encounter into a space for play, but both parents and children love the fun and social atmosphere of indoor playgrounds.

Enjoy Playtime with Your Child at an Indoor Playground

Why should you bring your children to an indoor playground for birthday parties, school break entertainment, or afternoon fun? Indoor playgrounds are ideal for both children and their parents.

  1. Available Year Round – Unlike outdoor parks, indoor playgrounds are available and usable on the coldest and hottest days of the year. When the temperamental Canadian weather throws winter snow or summer rain your way, children don’t have a place to release their pent-up energy. Instead of letting them tear through your home, bring your kids to an indoor playground where they can run, climb, and play until they’ve finally run out of steam.
  2. Federal Standards of Safety – Indoor playgrounds are constructed first and foremost with your child’s safety in mind. If you’re picturing the rusty swing sets and splintering wooden slides of your childhood, you’re in for a treat. Indoor playground equipment is required to meet certain federal standards for child safety, and facilities carefully section off areas for age-appropriate equipment and materials.
  3. Trusted, Reliable Supervision – It’s difficult for most parents to take their eyes off of their children for even a minute and even harder for them to trust others with their care. But indoor playgrounds are staffed with trained childcare professionals whose primary concern is always your children’s safety and happiness. Supervisors are constantly on the watch for disagreements, unsafe playing, or injuries, and they are equipped to handle any type of emergency.
  4. Regularly Cleaned and Maintained Equipment – Playing outside is certainly fun, but it’s difficult for parents to control what their children are exposed to on outside playgrounds, backyards, or neighbourhood streets. Indoor playgrounds are held to the highest cleanliness and maintenance standards to avoid spreading contagions and exposing your children to old, unsafe playground equipment.
  5. A Few Precious Moments to Yourself – One of the best reasons to bring your children to an indoor playground is that they keep your child entertained so that you have time to relax. Take these hours to catch up on office emails, chat with other parents, or spend some time with a good book. Your child’s time at an indoor playground is your time to do whatever you want to do.

Take a little time for you and your children with play programs and birthday parties at Play & Party Indoor Playground. For years, we’ve been the proud caretakers, and entertainers, of children of all ages in the Markham, Richmond Hill, Stouffville, King City, Aurora, Maple, and Newmarket areas.

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Play and Party indoor playground and centre for birthday centre was created to bring entertainment for the whole family, a vision of becoming a place of fun and happy memories. We have hosted birthday parties for kids in Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Stouffville, King City, Maple and New Market. Visit us on Google+.