Inside Monkey Business Play Centre there is a motorized revolving tree with hanging balls and a foam pit to play

Monkey Business Indoor Play Centre [Review]

The entrance to Monkey Business has two signs viewable from the carpark

The entrance to Monkey Business is located behind the plaza found at Dundas and Hopkins in Whitby. It can appear hidden at first, but just look for these signs!

Monkey Business Indoor Play and Party Centre is a must-visit indoor play place on mat leave for every mom in Whitby. It’s not too big that it’s overwhelming, the centre is spotless and the prices are reasonable for all that’s provided.

Monkey Business is best suited for the under 4 crowd as most of their play structures and activities are small, able to handle 1-5 toddlers at a time. This is 100 per cent the reason why I love coming here so much. At other indoor play centres I always end up acting as a bouncer for the toddler area, as I try to put myself  in front of my child as the older kids tear around. Where’s the fun in that? The whole point of taking our little ones to play centres is to give them some variety to their day, hopefully socialize them and also socialize ourselves! Monkey Business is a perfect set up for this, as the space is small enough that you can take a seat (imagine that) throughout the two rooms while you keep an eye on your little one as they play.

This play centre includes:
  • Two hard play structures
  • A motorized, revolving tree swing
  • A foam pit
  • A doll house
  • A magnetic sand play table
  • A small, single child trampoline
Inside Monkey Business Play Centre there is a motorized revolving tree with hanging balls and a foam pit to play

Inside Monkey Business you can find the one play structure that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Durham – their motorized, revolving tree with hanging balls! Another favourite is their foam pit where you can shoot tiny basketballs into the hoops.

I also noticed a thoughtful touch here that leads me to think this business is run by people that are invested in making this a good experience for their guests – tissues are provided in clear view for parents to use. Too often businesses are out to nickel and dime their guests, but here, the focus is on the overall experience. Runny noses and wet hands are something we’re all dealing with for kids in this age group. This small but important detail shows a lot of consideration for all their guests and the cleanliness of the space too.

 

A menu board is posted on the wall inside Monkey Business, listing items available for sale.

The entrance to Monkey Business is located behind the plaza found at Dundas and Hopkins in Whitby. It can appear hidden at first, but just look for these signs!

Did you know that you’re also able to bring your own food and drink here? Hunger is bound to strike from all the running around. Monkey Business has plenty of room for parents to sit and eat with their children, with two long benches set up with seating on either side. Highchairs are also provided to make visits comfortable for parents. The only rule for bringing in food is that you only bring along items that are nut-free for the safety of other children.

Price:
  • $7 per drop in play for crawlers and older.
  • $5 per additional sibling, per drop in play.
  • $50 for a family monthly pass. This pass provides you with a full month of unlimited play for three children.
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Burn off some energy at Boomers Play Place

Boomers could easily pass for a well-equipped, basement playroom. You can find all the things here that you’d expect to see in someone’s home – jigsaw puzzle foam flooring, recliners, sofas and an assortment of toys you can find at any Toys R Us. The staff are warm and made me feel like I was being greeted by a friend. I received no introductory speech about indoor play space rules or rates. I was welcomed as if I was visiting a home.

Two photos of the area inside Boomers Play Place. One view of the couches and infant toys, one view of the small indoor trampoline

This location is perfect for a mom looking to entertain multiple preschool age kids because of the wide variety of toys on offer from costume dress-ups, a play structure for more mobile kids, two slides, a small see-saw, a rocking horse, Exersaucers and playmats for baby. Unfortunately, these toys don’t seem to have a ‘place’ and are left to lay haphazardly on the floor. This makes it tough to navigate with an infant that’s learning to walk. There isn’t a sectioned off area for infants like you can expect at an Early Years Centre, so you will have to clear an area for your baby and hope that the kids that can run around give you some space.

Now on to the best and worst thing about Boomers: They have one of the softest foam floors I’ve ever come across! It stretches throughout the whole play space. This is great for keeping infants safe from any tumbles, but it’s not so well maintained. My only disclaimer is this: I wouldn’t recommend this location for any moms who have germaphobic tendencies. I count myself among them, so no judgement here! Many of the toys and foam flooring looked like they needed a good scrub so this place wasn’t for me.

Boomers Play Place (Unit 2 / 111 Industrial Drive, Whitby) is open every day from 9:30am to 3pm, with the exception of Mondays and Saturdays.

Cost: The rates are among the cheapest for an indoor play space in Durham. Infants aged 0-9 months visit free and children aged 9-24 months are $5. Additional siblings are 20% off and adults are free.

 

Have a playdate at Joeys World Playground

One of the best locations for a moms in Bowmanville to meet for a playdate is Joey’s World Playground. While mostly catered to older kids, there is a basic play space setup for infants. The variety of foam play structures available are best suited for little ones that can crawl, stand and toddle.

A view of the infant play space at Joeys World Playground

You can easily spend a few hours here between naps – There’s a cafeteria-style sitting area with high chairs and seats for both you and baby to have something to eat while you’re there. Joey’s World also sell a variety of adult and kid-friendly snacks and make coffee on site. Now here’s the best part: This place is open until 8pm every day of the week except Monday. These opening hours are longer than most of the indoor play places I’ve visited locally, so it’s earned a special place in my top places to go in Durham.

Joey’s World Playground is located at 380 Lake Road, Bowmanville, and is open everyday from 10am-8pm except Mondays.

Cost: A single play pass is $6.45 for children that are crawling and $9.45 for children that can walk. Adults are free, provided there are only a max of two per group.