It had been over two years since our last visit to Monkey Magoo’s on Kingston Rd just past Victoria Park. And how little it has changed. (This is a good thing!) As we all know, indoor play spaces can get played out quickly. Not here. Clean, lots of natural light and friendly staff.
Although there isn’t a lot of open space to run and ride on the many four-wheeled toys, there is a great selection of activities. Lots of play houses, a mini train track and a slide-and-ballpit. We know it was a good visit when the toddler in TOw spent most of the time exploring and not asking for mom to play.
Getting there: At the corner of Kingston Rd and Fallingbrook Rd. just east of Victoria Park. Green P to the west ($1 per half-hour). Paid street parking in the area ($1.50 per hour.) Some free residential parking in the hood. Stroller-friendly – no stairs, no ramps.
Cost: Drop in play is $7 plus tax per child ($5.50 for each additional child/under 1 are free.) Savings if you buy 10-visits or three-month memberships. Check the site before you go, especially on the weekends, as it may close for private parties.
Baby-friendly: Although it is for 6-and-unders (they also offer some after-school programs), the sweet spot is probably 1-3 years. For those with wee ones in TOw, there is a baby zone cordoned off by walls (the perfect size for cruising) in the centre and a comfy couch and crib in the corner.
Potty time: Two bathrooms on the main floor, with kid-sized seat and a baby change table.
Snacks time: A kitchen area with kid- and adult-sized tables and chairs for (nut-free) snacks right next to the play space. Also a great spot for parents and caregivers who may need to pause for sip of complimentary coffee and tea while watching the little ones.
Park time: Blantyre Park and outdoor pool is walkable – just north along Fallingbrook Rd.