By LeeAnn Rhoden

The Playhouse opened in November of 2016 and has quickly become one of the best go-to places in the Augusta area. As an indoor play center, it’s the perfect place to take the kids on rainy days to burn off energy or on days that it’s too hot to go outside.

The Playhouse is open Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 – 6:00, Friday 11:00 – 8:00, Saturday 10:00 – 8:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 and closed on Monday and Tuesday. On school holidays, they try to open so be sure to watch their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThePlayhouseGAFun. Peak hours are Saturday 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. & Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so you may want to avoid the crowds at those times.

Some features include the gigantic jungle gym, a separate play area for children 2 and under, a snack bar and also arcade games. New fun activities include a slot-car racetrack, a Nerf arena, paint ball and soon they will offer laser tag. The slot-car races are included in the general admission price but the Nerf arena is an additional cost.

Paint ball is available only on Friday nights to adults and on Saturday and Sunday to children and adults 10-years old and up. There is a cost of $19.99 per game and you must register online. Also, check their Facebook page for upcoming offerings.

The jungle gym features a ball pit, a mini Nerf arena, slides, hammocks, ladders, tubes and spinning tea cups. It is a double-decker with plenty of ways to climb and explore. It is also completely padded and enclosed so the children are safe and secure while they climb.

For the adults, there are arcade games – where you can earn tokens and win prizes. You can also join your children and play in the jungle gym, the slot-car races and also in the Nerf arena. If you prefer to just relax, there are tables and chairs, sofas and free Wi-Fi.

When your child gets hungry, the snack bar is open. It serves nachos, hot dogs, pizza, snacks and a variety of soft drinks. There is also coffee.

The Playhouse offers fantastic party packages too. There are a number of themes to choose from including a glow party with glow-sticks and black lights. You can also choose your party room. Party packages include a party host, invitations, a room, unlimited play, pizza, drinks, decorations, set-up/clean-up and tokens. As The Playhouse expands, they are looking at offering Summer Camps – especially after the success of their first Winter Camps during the recent holiday break- and they are also looking into drop-in care and a parent’s night out.

Location: 4107 Riverwatch Pkwy, Martinez, GA 30907

Budget: Weekend rates are $12.00 for kids 3-years old and up, $5.00 for children 2 and under. Week day rates are $11.00 for kids 3 and up, $4.00 for children 2 and under. There is a 10% discount for military. The Nerf arena is $3.00 per game or $11.00 unlimited play.

What To Do: Let the kids run and play in a secure environment. Join them in the jungle gym, play arcade games with them, enjoy lunch and snacks at the snack bar. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi.

If You Go: Be sure to bring socks. Socks are required in the jungle gym. Bring extra cash for snacks, drinks, games and additional venues.

This article appears in the March 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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