If you’re like me, you’re always looking for something fun to do with the kids. How about 22,000 square feet of pure fun? Parents will be happy to hear that a new play place, BumbleBee Play Cafe, has hit the Elgin area. It is the perfect place for kids to let their crazies out.
- So. Much. Space. Yes, finally a place where the kids can actually run around without trampling over other kids. I’m talking 22,000 square feet.
- Safety first. Love places that always have safety in mind. After you’ve filled out the necessary waivers on their tablet, you’re then given wristbands with the last 4 digits of your phone number written on them. Also, there is safety gate so littles can’t bust out on their own.
- Two rooms of fun. One complaint I have with some play places is that the play area is more suited for either younger kids, or older kids. It’s hard finding equipment to please all ages. BumbleBee solves that problem with two separate rooms located across from each other. One room is suited for kids 4 and under, while the other is best for those 5 to 11. While younger kids are allowed in the “big kids” room, they do enforce older kids not playing in the toddler room.
- A ginormous play structure. In the “big kids” room, my two older sons hardly left this area. They really didn’t have a reason to. There were tunnels, three slides, a ball section, and other fun things!
- Jump around! The jump pad was too much fun. This little one couldn’t get enough of this.
- Tiny tots can have fun too. The little kids’ area (best for 18 months and under) has a pretty large section with enough toys to keep them busy.
- Toddler section. The highlight is the two-story play structure which was just perfect for my 3-year-old. There are a couple slides, a little section with balls, and other fun soft toys to play with on the floor.
- Race track. Surrounding the toddler area, kids could “race” around a track. First time I’ve seen this and what a cool idea! There are plenty of plasma cars and other vehicles to choose from.
- Cute buildings. They have two mini buildings – a Market and Fire Station. How adorable, right?
- Imaginative play. Pretend play at its best with dollhouses, play kitchens, laundry, and more.
- Food. If you can tear the kids away from playing, they’ll love that they can grab a snack from the adorable cafe. Plus, there’s plenty of seating (by the front) and also some tables in the gated area (hard to come by)
They serve all the typical food kids love. The mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, chicken wrap, and fries really hit the spot.Try a Bumblechino (similar to a frappuccino) with a twist. You can have it with or without coffee. Parents can also stick to their organic coffee.
- Wi-fi. Gotta love free wi-fi, right?
- Perfect spot for birthdays! Birthdays would be a blast here with 6 different private rooms available ranging from $199 for 10 kids. Parties include pizza, 2 hours, and more. Check out the packages here.
- Save money by visiting during their “Happy Hour” when admission is $5 Mon – Thursday after 3 p.m. (excluding holidays)
- Outside food is not allowed.
- Bring your socks!
The kids had a blast at BumbleBee Play Cafe. It has definitely become of the kids’ favorite spots. I guarantee you will too!
Location: 1015 N Randall Road, Elgin, IL 60123. Close to I-90 and minutes from Sherman hospital.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday and Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Ticket prices: Children 1 to 12 years of age are $8 on Monday through Friday; $12 on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays for the first child. A second child is $6 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Parents/guardians and infants up to 11 months old are free. Happy Hour $5 Monday – Thursday after 3 p.m., excluding holidays.
Parking: Plenty of parking available in lot
Stroller-friendly? Yes, plenty of room to stow it somewhere without it being in the way.
Food: They have a cafe that serves food kids love — pizza, fries, chicken tenders, and more!
Crowded: We visited on a Friday afternoon (President’s Day weekend) and found it busy, but not crowded and overwhelming.
What to expect: An indoor play place with a play two separate rooms for kids, play structures, kids toys, crawler area, and a cafe.