A Parent's Review: Main Street Play
The colorful buildings at Main Street Play add to the charm.
Now that the weather is finally reflecting the season, my two-year-old and I are revisiting all of our favorite indoor haunts. That’s why I was excited to see that Main Street Play opened this week, replacing the old Pinwheels Play Space in White Center. The spot is located in a strip mall with good parking. Once inside, the “main street” theme comes to life with a colorful structure including stairs and a slide. The ground floor of the structure has a veterinary office, bakery, train station, and fire station. Each station includes toys, furniture, and costumes for each theme. There was a little boy who was clearly enjoying the firefighter theme: donning the hat, the coat, and zooming around on a scooter-fire truck. There were quite a few scooter cars, one of which my son immediately took to refueling at the “gas station” in the corner.
The new owner has packed a lot into the small space without it feeling crowded. There’s still plenty of running and cruising space. The walls feature fun landscape murals, one has Mount Rainier poking through a grassy field. There’s also a giant paper tree with little lights in the leaves with comfortable stools around the base—a perfect spot for story times, which are still in the works. In the café, they offer sandwiches, snacks, and juice (coffee and wine will be available soon). There are a couple of tables to enjoy your food—both adult height, and kid height. My son and two more kids decided to sit together at the kid table and swap snacks.
Overall, I’m happy to see the space gorgeously transformed and rejuvenated. There are a couple of grand opening kinks still being worked out—the slide is a bit steep for little ones. The owner is a West Seattle mom with a strong connection to the community. She and the staff were very friendly, and receptive to feedback.
My only gripe is the cost. The admission is $15 for kids (free for caregivers), which is more than other play spaces in the area, and comes close to children’s museum prices. They do allow re-admission throughout the day so you can come and go as needed. They also offer membership plans, which start at $45 a month for the first kid and include unlimited access, birthday party discounts, and a one-day pass for a friend.
I will definitely revisit, it seems like a spot where I can work or read, while my son tinkers and socializes.
IF YOU GO:
When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sundays
Who: Ages 6 and younger
Where: 9988 15th Ave. S.W., Suite B
Cost: $15 per child, free for caregivers, monthly memberships available
Contact: 206-453-3760 or www.mainstreetplay.com