Last month, the kids and I were invited to check out a new indoor play-area in Chanhassen, and we decided to bring a few friends from the kindergartner's class along with us. Pinwheel Play is an unstaffed, modern, indoor play-area, for children under the age of 6. It is specifically designed for young children, with a separate area for the tiniest littles, and it's similar to an "Anytime Fitness" type concept.
When you walk in, you'll notice a clean and open eating-area, with snacks available for purchase, off to the left (you can bring your own nut-free food as well), and cubbies for shoes and belongings off to the right. There's a sports field enclosed by a large net, with balls, hoops, soccer nets, balance beams, and other sports equipment that are the PERFECT size for little ones. Next to the sport court are a couple small climbing areas that our one-year-old was obsessed with, and they were JUST his size. Jimmy is 14 months old, and he actually learned how to walk up and down stairs while using the equipment during our visit. The older kids (5 and 6-year-olds) played on the larger Cedarworks play-equipment, and spent some time playing in the child-size kitchen area and grocery store.
The arts & crafts room at Pinwheel is simply amazing, and a big reason why our 5-year-old wants to make another visit. It has an entire wall of bins filled with arts & craft supplies, and there's a new craft project (with instructions) for kids to complete each week. This room makes Pinwheel special, and different than other indoor play-areas that you'll find in the Twin Cities.
Pinwheel also has a dress-up area and a little performance stage, a digital interactive-playground room (our kids played an interactive game of soccer during our visit), big-kid room (when parties aren't in session), magnetic wall, fairy doors, nursing area, and so much more. While we didn't discover it until we were getting ready to leave, there's also an alphabet scavenger hunt spread throughout the facility. The school friends who joined us during our visit, actually ended up staying for an hour after we left because the kindergartners were so excited about the scavenger hunt!
|Alphabet scavenger hunt|
|Baby Jimmy pushing the shopping cart around Pinwheel Play|
While Pinwheel is definitely perfect for infants up to age 4, our 5 and 6 years olds enjoyed their visit as well. It's a great place to go when your kids just aren't quite ready for the crazy/loud indoor play-areas meant for older kids. If you have older kids visiting Pinwheel Play, I think it's important and respectful to remind them to be aware of the little kids in the play areas. Jimmy (14 months) had a blast exploring and testing his climbing skills, and I will absolutely bring him back while our 5-year-old is at school. The owner of Pinwheel (Lisa) couldn't have been sweeter, and she has created a wonderful, safe, and clean play-space for the littles of the Twin Cities!
1256 Park Road in Chanhassen, MN
Open Mon - Sun (including holidays), 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: $8.50 (children over age 1 - adults w/child are free)