Where: Pinwheel Play, Chanhassen, MN
Age of Bap Boy: 4
Review: In the year 2013, my family visited Seattle and at the time, our kid was 11-months-old. He couldn't walk but he was active and wanted to explore. Finding anywhere in Minnesota that was safe for a crawling baby or a young toddler was basically non-existent. A friend of mine in Seattle brought us to Romp and of course, I loved it and whined that nothing like that exists in the Twin Cities. I guess this is how the owners of Pinwheel Play felt, too (about the lack of awesome play spaces for the really little ones) so they opened this new space in August 2016. It happens to be in a neck of the suburbs of Minneapolis nearish to my Dad (who we visit frequently), so it's actually convenient for us to get to. A high school friend of mine recommended it because she lives out in this area and knew about it. Thanks to her, our busy 4 year old had a nice afternoon. It had just enough variety of things to do, including active large muscle spaces, plus sit down and focus areas, and an entire room devoted to arts and crafts! Additionally, you can tell cleanliness is a priority for this business. Our son is obviously beyond the crawling stage now, but if I had an "older baby" or a new and exploring toddler that wants to get into everything, this would be a safe and comfortable place to go to. It's designed for kids 0-6 in mind and I'd agree. I think 6+ ages would be a bit bored, but thankfully there are tons of places in the Twin Cities that accommodate 6+ whereas there is a need for spaces for busy infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. We'll definitely return again. It was $8.50 for one child (adults are free) and they do have a membership price as well which if I recall correctly was about $179/year for one child which comes out to approximately $15/month.