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Imagination Avenue: Phoenix Indoor Play Place

Phoenix mothers know they need plenty of indoor places for the kids to play in the hot summer months. Imagination Avenue is an indoor play and party center designed for kids up to early elementary school age. They are a shoe free play center but you can grab a free locker for your purse and shoes at the gated entrance.

Inside you will find a 3,500 square foot play area. In the center is a gated area for the wee ones under two years old, surrounded by a mini track for push cars. There are 9 play houses in the child-sized town which includes a Schoolhouse with chalkboard, Boutique with costumes for dress-up, and Hospital with a little patient bed. Kids can work at the Home Depot or Bakery and shop at the Market.

They can visit the House with a cute little front porch area or even spend some time in the upstairs Jail. At the Fire Station they can dress up as firemen, policemen, or take a ride in one of the push cars.


Imagination Avenue also has an area for kids to play with mini cars or put on a puppet show. A separate room is devoted to books, drawing, and puzzle play.


If all of that activity builds up their appetite, take them to the Café. They have highchairs, Little Tikes benches, and tables. They allow outside drinks and snacks so feel free to bring those sippy cups!

Imagination Avenue is a great place to hold your child’s birthday party. A semi-private party allows the play area to be opened to the general public but there will be a room for just party goers to enjoy pizza and cake. Private parties are held after normal business hours.

Visit them on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for story time, free with admission, or register for their Family Art Time classes Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Sessions usually run for six weeks and drop-ins are accommodated if space permits. They will probably be doing a craft or something special to celebrate Valentine’s Day so head over there on February 14th!

Be sure to follow Imagination Avenue on Facebook to get notified of their daily deals. Visit their website for hours of operation and more information.

Attention Moms! Imagination Avenue offers free WiFi so bring your laptop! Just don’t miss too many of the “Mommy, watch me!” moments. Too soon they grow into teenagers who want to know, “Why are you looking at me?”

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