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KidsPlay Indoor Fun Opens on Pin Oak Parkway

Indoor play space ideal for parents, children 0-6.

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.

Kristen LePrevost March 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Seems a little pricey...they should do like a frequent guest pass or something...now that the weather is nicer we can just play outside but maybe an option for next winter.
Lori E. Switaj March 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Kristen, there are monthly passes available. The number is 440-653-5377 if anyone needs more information.
Chris March 29, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Sounds nice but, that's 10 times the cost of Burger King or McDonald's. Even more if you have multiple kids...
AMH March 29, 2013 at 02:36 PM
That IS pricey. :( Hope it's successful though!
Noone March 29, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Yes that's expensive , it's going to keep a lot of parents from going more then once week . It seems you'd make more money with repeat customers if the price was lower.
Myron Thomas March 29, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Pricey? I didnt think pinching pennies was in vogue in Avon Lake. I have been hearing that money grows on trees out here from some people.....
Kristen LePrevost March 29, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Riiiiight...maybe we shoud give our $10 to the AL school system instead of this business.....
Jim Brady March 29, 2013 at 05:29 PM
So when the talk came of opening a poker room in the old Tops location, everyone freaked out and wanted a place for their kids to go play. Now that someone is doing that, it's too expensive. Apparently, nothing makes the city residents happy.
Elyse March 30, 2013 at 02:12 AM
It is a nice place... Too bad most of the parents dont watch their kids... More focused on their cell phones and talking!
Jane Treasure April 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM
McDonalds nor Burger Kind walk around almost every 20 minutes with Clorox wipes, and wipe down everything that kids have touched, but Kids Play does. Its clean, it's safe, and it's a place that I'm not afraid to let my kid run around and have a good time. It might be cleaner than my own home! So much better than, McDonalds, Burger King, and Chucky Cheese in my opinion. And you pay for what you get, just like anywhere else in this world.
Jane Treasure April 01, 2013 at 03:27 PM
This Place is absolutely amazing! They are so clean and the girls that work there are just so sweet. My kids had a great time and were begging for me to take them there everyday. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful business !!
Ankur Gupta April 02, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Jane, thanks for such wonderful and supportive posts. We intend to continue keeping the place clean and maintained, and will have new toys for the kids regularly, so they won't get bored. - From KidsPlay

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