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Pasadena’s Magical Playground Offers Clean, Safe Alternative to Park

For Your Bored, Restless Child

By STEVE MORRIS
Published: Monday, February 13, 2012 | 8:26 AM

Magical Playground Manager Robin Ruiz with Owner/Founder Elizabeth Yang standing in front one of the murals at the indoor children’s playground facility in Pasadena. [Photo: James Macpherson] 

Do you have a child who’s always saying, “I’m bored?” Or do you have one that goes stir crazy when the weather’s not ideal for playing outside? Or are you afraid of letting your child play at some places because of germs and harmful bacteria?

Then you need to acquaint yourself – and your child – with Magical Playground, located at 1778 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, near Allen Ave.

Magical Playground is a safe and very clean environment you and your child will love.

“Even when the weather is nice, it’s cleaner here than just about anywhere else you could take your child,” says Elizabeth Yang, owner of Pasadena’s newest indoor playground. “Cleanliness is of the utmost importance to us. The entire playground is cleaned several times throughout the day, the walls, everything. And small toys are wiped down and sanitized every hour.”

Parents can feel safe since the entire playground is indoors, access is strictly controlled and play areas are covered by security cameras. With free Wi-Fi available, parents can also work on their own project while their child enjoys the playground.

“We have lots of toys, a bounce house, a jungle gym, a little piano, a make-up station where they can play dress up, just about everything to keep them happy,” says Yang, herself a mother of two little ones. “We even have classes on our weekly schedule including basic Spanish classes, storytelling, and arts & crafts classes.”

Magical Playground is not a day care facility. Parental attendance is required except during Parent’s Night Out from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., a regular thing Yang offers Moms and Dads who deserve a break.

Because cleanliness and safety are stressed, shoes are prohibited in the play area and socks are required. A separate eating area is provided, including high chairs for the small ones. Food is prohibited in the playing area, but outside food is welcomed. In addition, healthy snacks are provided in vending machines.

“We also host private parties and we can customize any party for your child,” explains Yang. “At Magical Playground, we can provide party favors, balloon animals, face paintings and themed birthday parties featuring your child’s favorite character, like Dora, Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, Hannah Montana, and Disney characters.”

Pasadena’s newest playground is designed to accommodate parents with children ages newborn to age 9. If your child wants to play older games, arcade machines, foosball, and air hockey will keep them occupied (might get Dad involved, too).

Prices for Magical Playground are free for parents or caregivers. The cost for children 2 and up is only $9 for the entire day. Children under 2 are $7 and additional siblings are only $7. Five-day passes are available ranging from $30 to $39, and 10-day passes range from $59 to $75.

Open play hours for the Pasadena playground are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday are reserved for private parties, however Yang notes “we do have occasional open hours on weekends and when we do, it is broadcasted on our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/MagicalPlayground.”

To arrange a birthday or private party, you may contact manager Robin Ruiz, at (626) 683-8989. The website can be viewed at www.magicalplayground.com.