We all know by now: The weather around here is slightly unpredictable.
And one area man, Ankur Gupta, is capitalizing on cold, rainy weather and stir-crazy kids.
Gupta is the owner of the just-opened KidsPlay Indoor Fun on Pin Oak Parkway.
The Avon resident, who is also a North Ridgeville dentist, said he got the idea when he visited Las Vegas with his wife and small children.
“My kids were 2 and 4 and it was really, really hot out,” he said. “Like 106 degrees. They had indoor play spaces that were like parks. We took the kids there and thought, ‘this is like heaven.’ I was able to just chat with my brother and wife.
“We were asking, ‘Why isn’t there a place like this in Cleveland?’ Our weather is much less appealing.”
He noted there are a lot of young parents looking for a nice clean, parent-friendly place for the kids to run around in the area.
“We couldn’t think of any options," Gupta said. "So when we came back, we opened one.”
The 2,600-sq.-ft. facility featured a large padded jungle gym, slides and a ball pit. Visitors, who pay $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional, will also find mini roller coasters and large building blocks.
Gupta kept the parents in mind as well, since an adult is required to accompany the kids and remain on the premises. KidsPlay is wired for Wi-Fi and coffee is available.
The facility opened two weeks ago after receiving quick approval from the city and quickly became a “go-to” spot for parents. Within days, word of mouth was resulting in employees turning away customers. While the location holds up to 35, Gupta said 15 is more ideal.
It’s located in a child-friendly part of Pin Oak Parkway near SR 83. It’s across from Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio and on the same side and east of Pembroke Kids. It contains a multi-level castle obstacle course, with a ball pit, small coasters and plenty of toys. The enclosed area has two monitors on staff.
“They’re not just there for safety but to keep the place constantly clean,” Gupta said. “We know it will fail if it’s dirty.
He said toys will also be changed up every two weeks to keep the kids, primarily ages 0-6, interested.
While parents must remain on the premises, televisions are available for the adults, set to stations such as ESPN or CNN.
The center is open Mon - Fri, 9 am – 6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday evenings and Sundays the site is open only for private parties. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child. Monthly passes are available.
KidsPlay is located at 32864 Pin Oak Parkway. Contact 440-653-5377 for more information.