It is important for children to be exposed to playful challenges at a young age so that they can eventually tackle adult obstacles, such as corporate ladders and squeezing into too-small onesies. Pave the way to pleasant paychecks with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a five-visit pass to Imagination Avenue, a play center designed for youngsters ages 1–7, but also suitable for children up to 10 years old. Humans younger than 1 year and older than 10 years may enter the center for free.
Imagination Avenue helps children build social, creative, and coordination skills in a climate-controlled, 3,500-square-foot play space. Mini Magellans can weave their way through a child-sized town replete with nine colorful and to-scale pastel houses, play cars, and provocative town hall meetings, encountering furtive friends as they construct worlds with each other. Village simulacra, including a baker’s shop, set imaginative gears spinning faster than a hamster wheel, and beyond town limits, waffle blocks and puppet theater invite kids to develop two of mankind's most revered characteristics—agility and ventriloquism.
Special events are held throughout the week, such as Story Time (Thursdays at 10 a.m.) and Pre-School Playdates (Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.) for children 5 years of age and younger. Imagination Avenue has some snacks and drinks available, and guests are welcome to bring refueling supplies.
On Imagination Avenue, kids eight and under rule the roost. Kids let their creativity soar as they pretend in any of nine playhouses that compose a scaled-down replica of Anytown, USA. Speed demons borrow cars from the firehouse to cruise Main Street, while aspiring builders browse Home Depot for the materials needed to shore up the schoolhouse walls. Each business is stocked with props and toys, ranging from dress-up clothes in the boutique to out-of-date National Geographics at the medical clinic. When kids get tired of tea parties, the onsite café purveys healthy snacks such as almond-butter and jelly sandwiches and deli sandwiches on artisan rolls. Imagination Avenue also offers birthday party packages and hosts special events throughout the year.
10614 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85028