Though most cities offer elaborate, child-friendly playgrounds that extend for acres, these playgrounds tend to be inhabited largely by fiercely territorial wild animals. Eschew these so-called "zoos" in favor of a safe, pleasant, indoor playground with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one open-play admission (a $10 value) to Amaya Papaya in Casselberry. Children must be five years of age or younger to play at Amaya Papaya and be supervised by an adult at all times. Open play takes place Monday through Friday. Pack your own snacks.
Amaya Papaya's colorful, spacious play area lets toddlers test their emergent limbs and wits in a safe, imaginative, indoor playground, with each hands-on station featuring an array of crafts, slides, playhouses, and controlled whimsy. The Imagination Stage's colorful collection of kooky costumes, puppets, and smooth tunes can be mixed together into searing one-act dramedies on the modern alienation of stuffed animals. The Sensory Sandbox sports special indoor sand that rubs right off clothes, allowing for unfettered tumbling, measuring, and responsible Tonka trucking. Neighborhood Square's tiny simulacrum of a grocery store, kitchen, and house lets kids practice their socializing and haggling, while Movement Zone gives them space to bounce on trampolines and tumble down soft tunnels and slides. Every doodad comes designed with children under five in mind, preventing overstimulation as well as infiltration by older, jaded Nickelodeon elitists. Owner/mother Yolonda and her friendly staff keep the facility clean throughout the day.
Parents are free to join in the jolly-making, or supervise it all with eagle eyes from a cozy roost in the lounge, where they can talk shop with fellow former babies, browse the Baby Mozart discography using Amaya Papaya's free WiFi, or bounce in the stress-ball pit. You can also reap 10% off a one-year membership to Amaya Papaya on the day of your Groupon redemption, which allows unlimited visits, discounts, and access to members-only events throughout the year.
Only time can prevent a toddler from finger-painting a 3-D sequel to Picasso's Guernica. Treat your bambino's budding brain to some non-electrical stimulation with today's Groupon to Amaya Papaya.
- Overall, we all enjoyed our play date at Amaya Papaya and will go back. – Kim Hays, Orlando Sentinel
- Amaya Papaya is an eclectic indoor play center for kids that offers all-day open play a nice host of amenities for parents and caregivers. – Nickelodeon's Parents Connect
- Amaya Papaya is a nice break from the same old routine. – Playground Magazine
Maybe it's the themed activity areas. Maybe it's the vibrant color splashed across each of the walls. Whatever the reason, kid stepping into Amaya Papaya's play lounge know that they're not walking into your average play date. Instead, they pass their time in a hybrid lounge that combines the best elements of indoor playgrounds, event and party spaces, and local shops for kids up to five years. Seven themed areas fend off boredom, with a creativity corner allowing kids to color on the chalk and paint walls and a construction corner letting them design cost-effective skyscrapers out of wooden blocks.
While kids play during drop-in playtime Monday-Friday, parents pass their minutes browsing the toys, games, and educational resources that populate the center's shop. After ringing up purchases, they can also kick back in comfy seats, keeping an eye on their child's play session while taking a break for themselves.
Amaya Papaya's staff also leads classes before open play and after closing time for both parents and adults, such as art and language classes and CPR training. To keep things fresh, they constantly rotate toys and pull out their etch-a-sketches to plan special events such as meetings with children's authors. Amaya Papaya is also available for private birthday parties on the weekends.