For the second entry in our series of reader-submitted review of indoor play options, Rebecca Grecco visited Airtastic Play Land in Aurora. Note that I did arrange for Rebecca’s kids to get free entry on the day of her review, but she has visited there before and the following thoughts and opinions are her own.
Name and address:
Airtastic Play Land is located at 850 S. Frontenac Road in Aurora. The phone number is 630-851-7525.
Q. Is there ample parking? Can you park close?
Yes we were able to park right in front of the door, but there is plenty of parking that wraps around the building.
Q. How much does it cost?
$8.50 for 1 hour, $9.50 for 1.5 hours, $10.50 for 2 hours. Parents and non-walkers are free.
Q. When is it open?
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Q. When is the best time to go? When it is the least crowded?
I talked to an employee and they said generally Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most quiet, either in the mornings or over lunch and naptime. It will definitely be more busy if it’s schools are off.
Q. Was it crowded when you went? About how many kids were there when you visited?
I went shortly after they opened on a Monday and it was a little busier than I’ve seen it on other weekdays, but it wasn’t bad. There were probably 10 kids total, which isn’t terrible because it is such a big facility.
Q. Are there public bathrooms? Is there a changing table?
Yes there are public bathrooms and a changing table right near the play area.
Q. Is there a private space to nurse?
There doesn’t seem to be a designated spot but there tables nearby that you could sit at.
Q. What was your child’s favorite part of the play area? Least favorite?
My 4 year old loves the giant slides, she went down them at least a dozen times. My 20 month old was much more hesitant about the entire experience and didn’t want to go into many of the play structures. There really isn’t any part of it that my 4 year old doesn’t like, she played in every single structure!
Q. What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
We’ve been to Airtastic quite a times and I’ve always been really happy with the experience. There is a great variety of types of play structures and it’s a great place for my daughter to burn off some energy. The only thing I get a little nervous about are some of the bigger structures that I can’t see her in, it always feels like she’s in there a long time before she reemerges at the top of the slide! It was more of a concern to me when she was younger though and I am less worried I will have to go in and retrieve her now that she’s older.
Q. Is it clean?
Yes, it’s always been very clean when I’ve been there.
Q. Was the staff friendly and attentive?
The staff has always been very friendly and helpful. There isn’t anyone in the actual play area, but they are always very attentive at the desk and have always asked if I need anything when I’m near there.
Q. Are you allowed to bring in outside food and drink? Is there a designated snack area? Is food sold there?
No outside food or drinks are allowed but they sells some snacks and drinks. There are tables that you can sit at and eat and there is free WiFi.
Q. What ages to you feel this play area is best for?
If you have a particularly adventurous baby, it’s great for walkers on up! The play structures have weight limits up to 150-250 lbs, so a lot of parents and caregivers were in there with the kids.
Q. Is there a designated area for babies/toddlers?
There isn’t a designated space but there is a section with smaller play structures that are better for younger kids. They aren’t as big and don’t have slides and other areas you might lose sight of your toddlers.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to say about your family’s experience?
Airtastic gets busy on weekends and there are definitely more older kids during that time, so you might want to consider that if you are taking toddlers or younger kids. But it’s a lot of fun for a really wide age range, my 4 year old would have just as much fun there as my 14-year-old nephew.
The air compressors are a little loud, my younger daughter would cover her ears if we got near them so keep that in mind if you have kids that are sensitive to loud noises. Mondays are Music FREE Mondays so it is a bit quieter than if you went on another day where there was also music playing.
Make sure you have socks, they are required for everyone. This isn’t hard to remember in the winter, but it can be easy to forget in the summer when you’re wearing sandals!
About the Author: Rebecca lives in Aurora with her husband and two daughters, ages 2 and 4. A designer and illustrator turned mom, Rebecca spends her days with the girls looking for fun activities in the area and moonlights as a craft blogger at www.hugsarefun.com.