January 22nd, 2013
by Dawn Pedersen
We were devastated when Funtastic Natomas closed down last March. We had been taking Theo there almost every week for months.At 16 months old, he was climbing way up to the top of the structure and going down the side, on his own.
We waited all year for someone to buy the spot, and hopefully offer the same climbing equipment for rambunctious Theo.
Our patience has been rewarded with the new, family-owned Climbaroo Indoor Play Center. If you live in or near Natomas, and you have small children, you probably know how exciting this is.
The new owners have worked hard for the past couple of months: painting, scrubbing everything clean, and setting up new media features (like big TVs and a video gaming room.) I took a sneak peek earlier in January. They finally opened Monday of last week, and their official Grand Opening will be on February 2nd.
I took Theo to Climbaroo on Friday, and my husband Vlady wanted to check it out too, so we went again yesterday.
Enjoy our photos below—click on any one for a full-size slideshow.
Visit #1, Friday
2½-year-old Theo makes an instant friend in Hayden, the 4-year-old son of a friend of mine. They are glued to the hip until Hayden leaves for lunch.
My best friend Angela’s son Declan and husband Brad. Declan is 22 months old. Declan chose not to climb, but found plenty to do here anyway.
A young man peers over at the baby channel playing on the TV over the infant play area.
Hayden. Too cute!
Theo and Hayden scale the uppermost reaches of the climbing structure.
Kids scramble all over the large foam shapes.
The foam shapes provide lots of opportunities for kids to explore space relationships, how their bodies fit into the world, and how gravity works.
Declan multi-tasks in the infant play area. This rectangular space is dedicated to the under-2 set. Mommy Angela and baby brother Rory watch behind him.
Sweat pouring off his forehead, Theo chills out for a brief juice break.
Hayden calls out from above, “I need him!”
Back into the adventures. This catwalk connects two large slides.
Visit #2, Monday
“Hi Mommy! I’m up here!”
Daddy Vlady makes the buildings. Theo scales and topples the buildings.
Theo helps with the next build.
Whee! Who knew a bunch of foam cubes could be so entertaining?
The ultimate build: Daddy makes a house using almost every piece in the room.
Now foam rectangles become cars for Theo and another new friend, Aiden.
Does it work the other way? Nice try.
The roomier luxury model seats two. Kids: 1, daddy’s back: 0.
Theo disregards the “Under 2 Only” signage over the infant play area. There aren’t any babies around, lucky for him. He just needs some down time.
Jump! Theo later decides to add a somersault at the end of these jumps. I swear he will end up as a stunt man.
Aiden and Theo share a moment.
- Very friendly staff made up of family members.
- Clean and welcoming.
- Intimate play area where kids can’t spread out, so parents can hang out together in one area and see all the kids.
- Well-stocked café.
- Great climbing equipment that parents can wedge themselves through too if so inclined.
- Small, but as I mentioned above this has its plusses too.
- Shoe cubbies are teeny.
Would We Come Back?
Absolutely! We bought a 10-visit VIP Pass for 60 bucks, which is good for 6 months.
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