What it is: Imajine That calls itself an “interactive children’s museum” but it’s really just an indoor play space – there are no special exhibits or anything. Its one big room with different areas: a bounce house, a big net and foam maze with slides, giant blocks, a pretend grocery store, pretend hospital, pretend boat, a reading area, a stage with costumes, an art area, a cafe that serves food, an iPad station, lego and train tables, and an infant area. There are also a few wiggle scooters around that kids can drive all over the room.
Cost: $10 per child over age 1, $1 per adult, $2.95 for infants without a paying sibling. A library pass admits 4 children and 2 adults for FREE. Discounted passes also appear on Groupon pretty frequently.
What to know: WEAR SOCKS and leave the Louboutins at home. You have to remove your shoes and leave them in cubbies outside the doors of the facility. No outside food or drinks allowed. Check the Facebook page before going because sometimes it closes for special events. You have to sign a waiver before you enter. If your child wants to paint in the art area you need to buy a tray of paint from the cafe for a few bucks. If you don’t want your kid in the art area getting messy, be prepared to play defense keeping them out because its not walled off. Staff, who are always super pleasant, don’t seem to interfere when bigger kids terrorize littles in the bounce house so be prepared to move along if it happens.
Parking: Free in the large paved parking lot out front.
Verdict: There are a couple of lackluster areas (the hospital area’s dolls look like they’ve had a rough life, and the art area could be better stocked) but on a whole Imajine That offers a solid variety of fun activities. We particularly love the pretend grocery store, the big stage with curtains and costumes (again, there could be more), and the train and Lego tables.
What’s nearby: Salvatore’s Restaurant is on the first floor of the building, coffee shops and cafes are on either side of the parking lot, and theres an ice cream place Scooptopia by the entrance to the parking lot.