The latest in our “Indoor Play” series is written by a new contributor! Vicki lives in the St. Charles area with her husband and two very active daughters, ages 7 and 5. They enjoy exploring various activities and play places and are always looking for something new and different to do on the weekends. For her first review for Go West, she wrote about her experiences at Fun Republic, which says it “strives to offer a safe, creative and exciting play setting for children of all ages.”
Q. Name of the indoor play place, address and parking information:
Fun Republic is located at 731 N. 17th Street, Unit 16, just east of Randall Road in St. Charles. It just opened in fall 2016 and is located where Jump Zone and Under the Big Top used to be. There is a large parking lot in front of the building.
Q. When is Fun Republic open?
Regular hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To doublecheck hours before you head out, you can call ahead (630-548-6313) or check Fun Republic’s website and Facebook page, because hours did undergo some adjustments soon after the business opened. Also, socks must be worn by all adults and children in the facility; no shoes beyond the security desk. So bring your own socks or purchase them at Fun Republic for $2 a pair.
Q. What is the admission cost?
Adults and children under 1 are free. On weekdays, children ages 12-23 months are $7, and kids ages 2 and older are $9. On weekends, children ages 12-23 months are $10, and kids who are 2 and older are $12. Fun Republic also offers a 10-visit pass for $90 and regularly offers special pricing on monthly passes. Deals are usually posted on the Fun Republic Facebook page.
Q. When is the best time to go? When might it be least crowded?
I have never seen a large crowd there. I’ve been there four times now and the most I’ve seen is about 15 kids.
Q. Are there public bathrooms? Is there a changing table?Is there a private place to nurse a baby?
There are public bathrooms and there is a changing table. There is also a dedicated room for nursing or bottle feeding a baby.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about your experience? Why you decided to go and what you thought?
I am always looking for a place to take the kids to burn off some steam, and I heard from a friend that this place was opening, so I checked it out online and signed up for email alerts. I was there the first few weeks they were open and have been there a couple times since with my kids, for the grand opening, with friends for a play date, and for a birthday party.
The staff always does a great job keeping it clean and there are ample staff to help or meet your needs. Fun Republic has three to four party rooms, a couple are smaller and there is one very large one that could hold a big family party. The variety of things to do there was the most appealing: Fun Republic offers two jump houses, a climbing apparatus, a small hand-powered train and an entire town for pretend play. There is also an enclosed area for babies and toddlers and an eating area that is very nice.
Their eating area has light snacks, like bags of chips and fruit snacks and there are some healthy eating options. For parties they bring in pizza from a local vendor.
Q. Is it clean? Was the staff friendly and attentive?
It is very clean and the staff are very friendly and attentive. They go the extra mile to make sure you are having a good time and the kids are happy.
Q. Are you allowed to bring in outside food and drink? Is there a designated snack area? Is food sold there?
You cannot bring in outside food and drink, and there is a designated food area that is very clean and well-kept.
Q. What ages do you feel this play area is best for?
I feel the best age group for this place is 1-9 years old.
Q. Is there a designated area for babies/toddlers?
Yes, there is a designated area for babies and toddlers that is also enclosed.
Q. What was your child’s favorite part of the play area? Least favorite?
The kids like the bounce houses and the play town the best. One of their favorite things to do is deliver the mail to each of the businesses in the town.
Q. What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
My favorite part of the place is that they give the parent and child each a wristband with the same phone number, and they are diligent to check when you are leaving that you are with the correct children. I also like that it is very clean and the staff are very friendly and continually asking if we need anything. The least favorite thing is their food options; it would be nice if you could eat lunch there—something like sandwiches, pizza slices, or fruit cups, cheese sticks … things like that, but it is still very nice and reasonably priced.