A few Saturday’s ago, my hubby and I decided we would try Makutu’s Island. We had heard from a few people we know about it, but really were curious to check it out. It had been closed for renovations during the summer, so this was our first opportunity to try it out.
Going on a Saturday to any indoor play place is usually going to be crazy, and no doubt, it was at Makutu’s Island. Unlike a lot of other children’s venues, Makutu’s does not host private parties only. I believe there were approximately five rooms for birthday parties (there was someone checking whose party you were with so I didn’t get to look inside the party rooms, and it is not listed on their site either).
Before you go to Makutu’s, you will want to be able to sign and read the waiver. There was a quite a line to get in, and not a lot of staff getting people in quickly. You also have to have a wristband with everyone’s name so they can check you as you leave (more on that later).
The little doorway under the “Makutu’s Island” is roped off so as not to have people run in and out unchecked by the staff.
When you go in there are a few benches and lockers to put your stuff in (you will need a quarter to access the key for these). There are also cubbies to put shoes in as well that are unlocked.
Inside Makutu’s Island it is pretty dark, almost like the Rainforest Cafe. The place is HUGE!
This is the tall tree in the middle the kids can climb. I had planned on staying with Giggles and Munchie, and he soon took off. And, it is really hard to spot your child in all these different climbers. I overheard a few other parents mention they were trying to keep up with their child and they were gone quickly and had no idea where they were. Unfortunately, this happened to us as well with Munchie. It is dark and there are a few different play areas that they can climb around.
This was a huge slide that we couldn’t figure out how to get Munchie to. I didn’t climb up in the different areas, but there were some parents who did. Talk about some tight spots for us Adults!
Giggles was too small for climbing through all the different play areas, other than the toddler area. She and Dimples stayed in that area while I tried to keep an eye out for Munchie. My husband stayed with the little guys and said that, unfortunately, no one was policing the little toddler area to make sure no big kids were in there. A few times Scott had to take both of our little ones out because the big kids were jumping over them.
This is a different view of the tree and there were zip liners there. There were a few staff members scattered around this area.
This was a toddler slide area, and there were also big foam blocks. There is no gate or separation from the rest of the room.
There was a “Theater” where there were puppet shows going on that lasted about 5 minutes. The doors closed to the theater when there was a show going on (sorry adults, pull up some rug, no comfy movie seats in there). However, to add to the chaos of the place if you are trying to find your child, this may be one of the last places you may look.
This was another fun looking climber with tubes and all sorts of ways to climb up. Not so great for those of us who hate tight spaces, but fun for the little kids.
There was a fish tank and an area below one of the climbers that kids could play and run in. Giggles liked this area.
This was a sign that really explained all the climbers. Of course, all of my kids were under five (Munchie is so close to five now and an excellent climber but still…).
The bathrooms were pretty good, however, because of the number of people who were there they were a little dirty. The sinks I have pictured are for children (a little lower and more reachable).
Makutu’s Island also has a cafe available on site. You are not allowed to bring outside food in, so be prepared for that as well. Scott ended up getting Dimples a milk, but that was all that we ended up getting there. There was quite a bit of seating in the cafe as well.
They also have a big room full of arcade games, and the room is called the Inferno. I decided not to let any more of my money burn, so we stayed away. I did see air hockey, a few car driving games and I believe one of those “grab the stuffed animal with the claw games”. There is also a bungee jump, similar to what some malls have now (for an additional price!).
The wristbands we had put on in the beginning were to be checked at the door to make sure that we were leaving with who we came with. Chuck E cheese has implemented a program like this as well, and I know that it is in hopes to protect children and make the business seem safe. However, you can see from my picture above that Giggles is much shorter than the rope, and could have gotten out. The person who was supposed to check us out was working the register and told us that she would check our bracelets when she was done checking in the customer she was with. This is where I really felt that while the intentions were good, the follow through on this program was awful. The people providing the “security” at the desk were all pretty young and I think they were lacking in some life experience and they were also overwhelmed by the amount of people going in and out.
I think Makutu’s Island can be a fun place if your children are older, maybe 7 and older, but my kids were too young and honestly not keeping a close eye on them in a huge crowd of people in a strange area was a little upsetting to me. I like to be able to keep a visual on my children and know that they are having fun.
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