I am always on the lookout for new play places for my kids, so when the team at Kids at Play told me about their new sensory gym in East Falls, I was eager to see what they could offer. I told the kids we were going to an indoor gym but made no other promises since I did not know what to expect. As soon as we stepped into the lobby though, my kids were literally bouncing with excitement to get past the waiver, rip off their shoes, and run into the gym.
An indoor playground with ball pit, swings, zip line, slides, and more awaited them and they attacked it all with the zeal of kids spending a Winter cooped up in a city home. They particularly liked a small roller-coaster like ride-on toy and the ball pits. I liked the padded floors and openness of the room. The gym is designed by Early Intervention therapists, so it is a natural environment with equipment that all skill levels can enjoy. The other gym members included kids of varying ages and some special needs, but everyone played together side-by-side.
Meanwhile, I learned about the variety of classes they offer, run by either a Social Worker, Special Instructor, OT, PT, or speech therapist. The classes are filling up now, so if interested, you should register quickly. I saw some techniques and programs that I recognized, like How Does Your Engine Run and Astronaut Training, as well as some I know many of my patients would like, like Fun With Food and Early Language/Social Play. My only complaint was that the classes run weekdays during work and school hours, which makes it hard for working moms or children in school to attend.
Overall we had a great time at the Kids at Play Open Gym and are excited to see all the ways this new business grows. There is a lot of potential for this space and the creative therapists running it to do amazing things for the children in our area. As a parent of a former Early Intervention child, I wish this gym was available a few years ago and know that it is filling a niche that many families need. However, not only those with special needs or developmental delays will benefit from this safe, thoughtfully designed gym that celebrates children and all the ways they play.
Know Before You Go:
– you will need to sign a waiver, but can do so ahead of time here
– you need socks, but if you forget, you can buy some for $2
– there is a vending machine with healthy snacks, milk, and water, and $2 coffee, but I did not see a water fountain. So bring some money or your own water bottles.
– there is a 2nd floor with classrooms and archery, but no elevator currently
– I don’t know where else you will find such a complex indoor playground in Philadelphia!
– Open Gym sessions last up to 6 hours, so you don’t have to rush in and out
– Staff were helpful and friendly
– Highly trained staff leading small group classes and private therapy
– Birthday party packages that are competitively priced
– Located in an out-of-the-way location for Center City families, but only a short ride up Kelly Drive
– Limited weekend hours given it is closed Saturday and does birthday parties on Sundays
– They accept credit/debit only
Check the website for the most up-to-date hours/prices
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-5pm, Fri 11am-2pm. Although, members get extended hours!
Fees: Drop in for $15 for the first child, $10 for each additional child. Pre-crawlers and adults are free with a paying child.
Birthday Parties: $250-600 for 15 children for 2 hours.
[I was not compensated for this post. My children played for free while I toured the facility. All opinions are my own. I have no affiliation with Kids at Play or Kutest Kids Early Intervention. Please read my full disclaimer here.]