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Would You Pay For Access to an Exclusive Indoor Playground?

Would You Pay For Access to an Exclusive Indoor Playground?

Are you into inclusive or exclusive play areas for your tot? In recent years, a number of posh indoor play spaces have offered mamas willing to fork over big bucks bragging rights that junior hobnobs with celeb and big name babies. In addition, perks of these playgrounds designed by famed architects also offer members only benefits from WiFi access to parental gym facilities. The prices can be baffling. San Francisco's Peekadoodle offers unlimited visits for $1,500 each year, while New York's Citibabes membership starts at $2,000 – and those prices do not include classes. What do you think about this trend?

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shannonkay shannonkay 6 years
For example, that's more expensive than a Disneyland annual pass.
shannonkay shannonkay 6 years
Well, on the one hand I think I would be willing to pay something reasonable for a membership to a good play area, but $2000/yr sounds like alot.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 6 years
Wow! I guess I am the only one that would consider it! As a stay at home parent, I think it is great to have a big play area to take the kids on rainy/snowy days. $100 a month does not seem outrageous to me. I have paid that for gym memberships. Why not spend it on my child's fitness/learning?
stephley stephley 6 years
There were plenty of normal, everyday kids at the place where I took my daughter - and because it wasn't a neighborhood place with neighborhood cliques, kids grabbed newcomers in to play all the time. It was great fun - though crawling through the tubes hurt my knees.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 6 years
RIDICULOUS!! I want my children to interact with normal, everyday people in community spaces so they can grow up to be well-adjusted adults.
ladyr ladyr 6 years
That's pretty pricey, but I could see the appeal, especially if you lived in a place where it snowed or rained a significant portion of the year.
stephley stephley 6 years
I paid at a place near us when mine was little - it didn't look as nice as the picture but had crazy climbing tubes, slides, art rooms, a musical play area... We did see a couple of celebrities at different times, but mostly just people like us. It was an occasional treat that she still talks about. I just considered it one more play option.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
we did pay for this. it was at a place called artopia and was awesome. it had a tree fort where the kids climbed up inside the trunk and could slide down from, a water play area, a play house town, painting and craft area, etc. the key for us was that it was a contained area (no escapes!) and my oldest daughter, who has autism loved it. even now that she's older (11), we worry about her running off and the parks we can go to are very limited. also, puddles and sand are a problem with lots of kids on the spectrum. you can tell your typically develpoing child not to do something and they will either comply or understand when you leave. with a child that has autism that's not always the case. we were really bummed when artopia went out of business. it was a place all 3 of my girls loved going and was great for their development.
alikat07 alikat07 6 years
It seems ridiculous to have to pay for facilities like that... do kids really care if they have "the best" play area? I mean there are plenty of nice parks and public play areas... not to mention families homes and going camping, etc... there are plenty of other ways to spend money. It seems like these are something like a drop-in daycare since the parents can work out while the kids play?
mhg mhg 6 years
i'd rather use that money toward museums, music classes or memberships to other places and save the rest. besides, those places are germ-infested breeding grounds for colds and every other toddler malady. i personally prefer the outdoors for my boys. and i live in texas where it is HOT, HOT, HOT in the summer.
mhg mhg 6 years
i'd rather use that money toward museums, music classes or memberships to other places and save the rest. besides, those places are germ-infested breeding grounds for colds and every other toddler malady. i personally prefer the outdoors for my boys. and i live in texas where it is HOT, HOT, HOT in the summer.
Dana-Ann Dana-Ann 6 years
Personally, I don't care how much money I had, I would NEVER pay for that type of thing. There are plenty of perfectly good community parks and play areas. I'd rather donate my money to keeping those areas accessible to everyone. Not to mention, I could care less which celebrity plays where with their kids.
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