Baby C was invited to a family friend’s 2nd birthday party on Sunday morning at an indoor playground in Plymouth, MA called Imagination Island. This was the first real birthday party that we’d been to since the hubby and I were kids ourselves, and I’m sure things have changed since the 1980s and 90s, so we weren’t really sure what to expect of this place.
Since C is not a daycare kiddo, we were happy for him to have the opportunity to meet and interact with other little ones his age. And now that he’s crawling, we were excited that he’d actually be able to participate in some of the fun activities.
Tucked away in an industrial park-type setting with ample parking and little traffic, this place was a true hidden gem and we’re so glad that we discovered it. Open to children ages 1-8, Imagination Island is 5,500 square feet of island-themed indoor play space. It includes a multi-level, soft-contained playscape, mazes, tunnels, slides, moonbounce, doll house, puppet stage, trains, Legos table, riding cars, and padded foam block area for the littlest guys.
There were also a bunch of separate little rooms each with its own fun theme. For example, kids could dress up in a little boutique, shop for groceries at a play marketplace, cook in a play kitchen and eat in the pretend café, captain a pirate ship, pretend to be firefighters in a fire house, amongst other things.
What I liked about this place is that it was really clean. They ask children and adults to remove their shoes before entering the play space. Socks are required and there was hand sanitizer at every counter and doorway. All of the staff members we interacted with were friendly, courteous, and helpful. They greeted you immediately upon arrival and provided simple directions on what to do and where to go.
I also loved the extra little touches that made this place special and exciting for the kids. Periodically throughout the morning, they turned on a machine that sat on an elevated platform and blew bubbles out onto the kids below. Like moths to a flame, the kiddos came running towards the bubbles from every corner of the play space.
Our friends got the private party package so we had the place to ourselves for the first hour of the morning. This was wonderful because we got to explore the entire playground without having to deal with crowds. It really did fill up towards the end of the party once they opened to the public. Imagination Island took care of everything for the party. We were really impressed with how well-organized they were and with how seamlessly the two-hour event was run. They provided pizza, juice, soft drinks, and coffee, as well as a dinosaur-themed cake and decorations. They even had a staff member recording each gift that the birthday boy received and the gift giver’s name.
If we lived closer to Plymouth, I could definitely see us coming here every weekend, especially when C gets a little older. If you live near Plymouth or happen to be down the Cape with your kids on a rainy day, I recommend checking it out!
I don’t remember having these places when we were little! Have you taken your little ones to a similar indoor playground in your local area?