Physicists estimate that 47% of the energy in the universe is stored in stars, and the other 98% rages inside human children. Release your child's unyielding cosmic energy with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 10 visits to Peekaboo Playland in Eagle Rock (up to a $90 value). Open play is held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and parents are welcome for no charge.
Peekaboo Playland allows children to exercise their bodies and employ their imaginations as they explore a 3,300-square-foot, climate-controlled indoor playground. Recommended for children from infancy to 8 years old, the playground consists of air-filled bounce structures, a tube slide, an inflatable vehicle-licensing-registration center, and a ball pit for hours of fun play. Kiddies can listen to the sounds of ocean waves and tropical birds as they play with games, puzzles, arts-and-crafts, and musical toys in the cushioned reading corner of Boo’s Beach Shack before making their way over to the retro café play set to reenact their favorite episodes of Alice. A dress-up nook invites tykes to delve into a wooden chest full of creative costumes and stand in front of mirrors to get dressed up and pose in anticipation of a stylish play date.
Lined with large windows that welcome in natural light and padded with grass- and wood-like floors, Peekaboo also displays a wealth of colorful, child-friendly paintings to fuel creative daydreams. Caregivers can keep watch over their little ones as they take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee, and Peekaboo Playland also welcomes in outside food, allowing parents to pick up lunch on the way in, or place an order for pizza during a practical game of telephone.
Millions of people have seen the inside of Peekaboo Playland, though they probably don't know it. The indoor playground has garnered ample media attention, including a feature on The Doctors. It was even used to shoot an episode of NBC's The Office, during which new parents Jim and Pam seek out the perfect daycare center for their child, and it was featured in an episode of HBO's Togetherness. Spoiler alert: Peekaboo Playland fits the bill. Luckily, the creative space appeals to more than just sitcom characters.
The massive open-play facilities scream imagination like an improv troupe that's trying way too hard. European artist Marlene Wittfeld created custom paintings for the indoor playground, and her images of beaches, forests, and outer space make the walls seem like a giant storybook. Nature sounds and carefully selected music set the tone as kids slide down from a large "stork's nest," jump in a bounce castle, or play pretend in the dress-up nook. The Baby Balcony caters to kids ages 2 and younger, while long work tables and open spaces set the stage for creativity.
Parents find ample activities as well. They can browse a wide selection of magazines and sip complementary coffee while surfing on free WiFi, or order food from one of the nearby restaurants.