With winter break stretching out as far as the eye can see, I took two very active boys to The Treehouse at Plainfield Christian Church to burn off some energy. This is one of those indoor playgrounds that has been on our radar for a long time, but we haven’t been able to visit because it’s only open for very specific slivers of time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. But break time (whether it’s winter, spring, or summer break) is the perfect time to visit.
When we walked in, all I could hear from the kids was “Wow!” and “Whoa!” The treehouse – which is a play structure complete with slides, ladders and lookouts – is massive and very impressive. It’s designed for ages 2 to 12, with the top part of the treehouse reserved for older kids (ages 5 and up). The Treehouse includes lots of opportunities to climb, slide, explore, hide and jump to your heart’s content.
The giant treehouse is just one aspect of the fun playspace. There are several riding toys – including Big Wheels and PlasmaCars — to ride around the huge, open, natural-light-filled room. There are also several play stations set up with different manipulatives, including Duplo blocks, LEGO, cars and a racetrack, hula hoops, and traffic cones.
The best part (from this tired mom’s perspective) is that there are lots of gloriously soft and comfortable couches all throughout the play area. The seating at the Treehouse is set up really well, so you can pretty much pick any spot, kick back, and you’ll be able to see your little one run around from wherever you’re sitting. Three cheers for supervising while not moving a muscle!
This indoor playground differs from other indoor playgrounds in two very important ways. First, you do not take off your shoes to play. Every keeps their shoes on at all times because even though this is an indoor playground, the equipment is similar to the kind that you’d find at an outdoor playground.
Second, The Treehouse is pretty casual about bringing in your own snacks, so eating is permitted in the lounge area, but not while playing in the treehouse, for safety’s sake.
Another aspect that parents will enjoy is the kitchen that sits adjacent to the playspace. In the kitchen, you can find free coffee and water, as well as those other wintertime necessities: tissues and copious bottles of hand sanitizer.
One of the best things of all about The Treehouse at Plainfield Christian Church is that it’s free and open to the community. You don’t have to be a member of the church to visit. A clean, fun, and free place to burn off energy when the weather is cold? You can bet we will be back many times!
The Treehouse at Plainfield Christian Church is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and Sundays
from 9:00 am – 9:30 am, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pmEnter at door #5, which is located at the back of the church. Adult supervision is required, and shoes must be worn at all times. For more information, visit http://plainfieldchristian.com/resources/treehousecommunityhours or call (317) 839-2384.
Nicole Sipe is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis. A Southern California native, she enjoys exploring Indy with her husband and two sons.