Choosing An Indoor Playground
Indoor playgrounds are becoming more and more popular for children's' birthdays, and for that reason are beginning to become more readily available as more businesses open. The only question is which indoor playgrounds are the best for your children to have their birthday in? And what are the factors that decide this?
It is easy to see why so many parents choose to host their children's birthday at these indoor playgrounds; they are relatively inexpensive, allow them to let their children play freely, and allow them to leave without cleaning up the mess that was made. It is like they are paying the indoor playground to allow them to have a more exciting party than they would have had at their house, with more things to occupy the children, and less things to cause headaches. It is a great deal in my opinion.
There are many factors that can affect how great an indoor playground is for your child's party; moreover, having gone to more than a handful of them for my nieces various birthdays, I have comprised a list that allowed us to decide which ones were best. These factors have all contributed to our decision on which indoor playground to use, and I am sure they will assist you in your choice.
A Clean Environment
This is definitely our number one deciding factor when choosing an indoor playground. I have seen too many of them with crumbs and stains from the previous party to know the importance. This is one of those factors that follows the "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" saying; you won't notice how clean it is until you have been to a dirty indoor playground. The areas that you should look for are the playground area, eating area, and kitchen; these are the main areas that you and your guests will be spending their time in, so they are the most important to ensure cleanliness in. I believe that this is the most important factor because a clean indoor playground means a sanitary indoor playground. Children are very susceptible to the effects of germs; using a clean indoor playground will ensure the well being and health of all of the children that will be attending the birthday party.
Most of the indoor playgrounds that are present offer prices that are comparable to the others within the same area. Most of the indoor playgrounds offer their prices in association with packages that could include various foods, drinks, available space, and additional time; although their packages may differ, the prices should all be comparable to each other. The prices may differ as some of the indoor playgrounds may offer packages that are superior to their competitors; however, the variance should only be within 15 percent, because the main price of the party should remain the same regardless of the additional things that they have added in. A simple way to ensure that you are not being overcharged is to ask how the price can be broken down to show you how much each additional feature costs; by doing this you can be sure that you are not being ripped off. All of the indoor playgrounds in the area should offer prices that are extremely close to each other; however, you should always take the extra step to make sure that you are getting the best possible price.
Kind And Helpful Staff
This may be an overlooked factor when choosing an indoor playground because you may think that the staff of the business simply greet your guests and clean up your mess; however, the fact of the matter is that they do all of the work in the background of the party such as set up, maintain all of the additional features and equipment that you may have paid for, and ensure that your guests are completely satisfied. I am sure that your guests would have a much better time walking into a kind "hello" and "are you enjoying your time at this indoor playground", than a grouchy "hey" and "don't call me unless its an emergency". One of the only ways to ensure that the staff will be kind and helpful when you have your child's party at the indoor playground will be to ask other people who have been there before. If this option is unavailable and you do not know anybody who has been there previously, you can also go into the indoor playground and ask them some questions, and use their answers to guide your decision. Most of the indoor playgrounds will have trained employees that will fit your wants and needs; however, since you can never be too sure, it is great to check prior to booking your party.
I was always told in teacher's college that the only way to ensure safety is to set rules and protocols for people to follow; this statement follows strongly with indoor playgrounds. The safety of your children and your guests' children should be your top priority when selecting an indoor playground to host your party. Furthermore, safety protocols will ensure that the children are playing in the safest conditions. Some of the most common and effective safety protocols that you should be looking for are no shoes on the playground, no alcohol on the premises, all children must be supervised by an adult, and no unsafe actions are permitted. These are the tried and tested protocols of indoor playgrounds and serve as the staple rules that should always be included in any set of protocols. Ensure that safety protocols are in place and you can let your children have a great time at the indoor playground of your choice without worrying about their safety and well being.
Indoor playgrounds are becoming a more common place to host your child's birthday party as time goes on; they are an easier, inexpensive alternative to hosting it at your house. Although most indoor playground will do a GOOD job at hosting the party; there are only a few that will do a GREAT job at hosting it. Use the above factors to help you determine whether the one that you are considering will do the great job that you are looking for, and whether or not it is worth your hard earned dollars. Use the factors listed above when choosing your indoor playground and you will not be disappointed!