CASPER, Wyo. — Playgrounds are a place for children to have fun, socialize and learn, but in many communities with extreme weather, including Wyoming, it is often too cold for young children to use them. That’s where new indoor playground Kids Play Village hopes to step in, providing the benefits of an outdoor park and more while staying out of the weather.
“The idea is to provide families with young children a place where they can keep an eye on them while they’re playing, and to keep them out of the weather,” owner Sara Sullivan said. “I love that the city has outdoor parks, and they’re great when we can use them, but in a place like this it’s just too cold out for young children to use them for about two-thirds of the year.”
The playground, located at 2123 E. 12th St., provides young children with a safe and fun place to play, with a plethora of toys, games and play equipment to keep them entertained. The target age range is 0–5, Sullivan said. An infant play corner allows the youngest children a space to explore and play away from the rougher play of the older children, she added.
The playground also serves a social purpose.
“It’s a great way for kids to meet one another and make friends, parents to set up play dates, that sort of thing,” she said with a smile. “I’ve already had at least one mom and a friend meet here with their kiddos who are similar ages.”
The playground is open Monday through Saturday. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday–Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
The playground also has other amenities besides, Sullivan added. A variety of snacks and drinks are on sale for both children and parents, and in the future, Sullivan said she hopes to work with local artists to sell some of their works as well.
Set apart from the playground is a room for children to go if they need to calm down, as well as a nursing room. A party room is also available for large groups to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.
The cost for one child to use the playground is $5, and Sullivan noted it grants all-day access.
“That way the family can come in the morning, go and get lunch or anything else they might need to do, and they can still come back later in the day,” she said.
Kids Play Village also offers month-long memberships, with the cost starting at $75 and increasing based on the number of children in the family.