A while back I purchased a Groupon for admission for both of my kids into Play Town (in El Cajon). I have been wanting to check it out for a while, since it’s so close and I was pretty sure that my kids would love it. They loved going to Kidsville when it was in Poway, but now that it’s not there anymore and only in Carlsbad, I’m not willing to go there just to see if it’s as great as it was before. The main reason The Girl loved it there was because they had “a whole room just for trying on clothes!” She can play dress-up at home.
Anyway, I was excited about the prospect of Play Town, especially since we live so close. The adventure was definitely a success. We went right after school on a Friday and the place was empty. After staying for a couple of hours, it got a bit busier, but it wasn’t bad at all. It was quite clean and there were lots of fun things for the kids to do. The highlight for both of the kids were these little cars that go down a slide-like rollercoaster.
There was also a large play house, lots of cars to ride around in, a motorhome, a bounce house with slide, air hockey, a play structure, a Thomas the Train table, and a myriad of other toys that stimulate the imagination.
For parents with babies, there is an enclosed area where they can play and be safe.
Other kids are told to keep out of the infant area. For the parents, there is free wi-fi. There are picnic tables where you can sit and eat or chat. Bringing your own food into Play Town is allowed and they have high chairs for smaller kids. They also have a snack bar where you can purchase food. Be warned, however, that there is no drinking fountain so I would suggest bringing water bottles (or they have them for sale at the snack bar). There is also a party room and Play Town can be rented out for private parties on the weekends.
The ages of my children are 5 and 2 and they both really enjoyed it. The bounce house and the play structure were definitely for the older kids. I ended up climbing up into the bounce house to go down the slide with my 2-year-old and I definitely won’t let him go up in the play structure again until he’s ready to come down the slide by himself. It’s built in a way that makes it really difficult for adults to get up and rescue small children who don’t want to come down the slide. All in all, it was somewhere that I would definitely take my kids again. They had a great time. Oh, and don’t forget your socks! They’re required for kids AND adults.