Address: 1355 Kingston Rd, Pickering, ON (lower level of Pickering Town Centre mall - entrance #6 is closest)
Public Hours*: regular mall hours
BUT it is accessible as soon as mall doors open (sometimes as early as 7am for the mall walkers and Womens Fitness Club members - mall stores open 10am weekdays, 9:30am Saturdays and 11am Sundays) until regular mall closing hours (9pm weekdays & 6pm weekends).
*Note: the PlayPark is closed daily for cleaning from approximately 3:30pm-4pm
- soft padded floor
- two padded climbers (fish and butterfly)
- padded toddler slide
- padded tunnel (with bear)
- 4 activity stations around the wall
- 4 benches (2 open to the outside aisle)
Cleanliness: This is a socks only area and was very clean when we visited both times so far (11am one day and 4:15pm right after cleaning the other time). Staff wipe down (and climb through) each surface with their shoes off as well and vacuum the entire area daily.
Safety: No gate, but only one entrance in and a half wall surrounding the entire area (great for crawlers!). Not monitored by mall staff, caregivers MUST stay on site.
Capacity: sign says maximum of 20 children at any given time (the most we saw were 12 - which felt chaotic and makes it easy to self-regulate)
Food: NO outside food or drinks are permitted in the padded PlayPark. There are two tables with 8 chairs set up beside the area for snack breaks, and a general mall seating area just behind the stroller parking on the other side.
Best For Ages: 6 months -4 years (older kids are not prohibited, but may get bored quickly and since it does say 'Toddler' PlayPark it is considerate to think of those bringing younger kids by setting expectations of no running or jumping off of structures for older kids
A great area to take a break in the mall for smaller kids to play! We love that our 4 year old could crawl around with our 8 month old and both enjoy it equally! It's awesome to have a free play area close by that isn't inside a fast food joint and where you can stay as long as you want. Bonus if you can bring a helper to watch the kids so you can shop while the kids play!