Chuck E Cheese and fast food play areas are old news. Todays’ indoor play spaces are growing ever more modern and sophisticated, and the Coop SF in South San Francisco is an exciting new entry with amenities and options that appeal to both kids and parents. The airy, 3000-square-foot fun factory works hard to give kids a great time and grownups a stylish, comfortable place to hang out and relax.
Star-Studded Play Haven
The Coop SF is the latest location of a new and growing franchise from Los Angeles. All the Coops share trademark features like a ball pit, a bright yellow-and-orange color scheme, and room to stage parties for your kids. Beyond the celebs who check in there (Us Weekly spotted Julie Bowen, Isla Fisher and Nicole Richie whooping it up at LA’s The Coop with their little chicks), owners Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Lent won themselves a whopping $150,000 with an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank.
Slides, Bouncy House, and Did We Mention Ball Pit?
The centerpiece of the Coop is the bright yellow climbing structure complete with two slides, set into a huge ball pit. Kids can’t seem to resist jumping with delight into the sea of white, orange, and yellow balls. Rope climbing tubes offer more fun, while the soft walls keep everything safely corralled.
Next to the ball pit is an interactive electronic dance floor that lights up and plays music. You can choose from different games and activities to get your kids bopping and dancing. There are also ride-on cars, bouncy horses and plenty of open space for kids to run about and work off their energy.
The smaller side room conceals another major kid-pleaser: a full-size bounce house. For some more low-key options, there are also shelves of toys and books for some quieter fun. There’s easily enough at the Coop to occupy kids for hours. The owners plan to regularly add to the toy collection, and also hinted that a play teepee should be making an appearance on the floor very soon. To put parents’ mind at ease, the balls from the ball pit are washed every night and the staff take care to clean and sanitize the space regularly during the day.
Parents Can Kick Back-Or Get Work Done
While kids are enjoying the play area, parents can relax in the front room which is full of grownup amenities like magazines, a large communal table for relaxing or working on your laptop, and free high speed wifi so you stay connected. The owners plan install a cappuccino bar and snack stand soon, which will offer kiddie treats and adult goodies.
Plan a Perfect Party at the Coop
The front area also serves as the Coop’s party room. Weekends are currently reserved for private parties, while on weekdays are available for semi-private parties. Owners Adine and Veronika both have event planning backgrounds and are excited to lend their expertise to your kids’ next birthday party, your friend’s baby shower, or any type of event where you can take advantage of a built-in play space for kids to have fun while the grownups enjoy themselves as well.
For kids’ parties, you can choose from themes like princess, pirate, rockstar, jungle and many more: check the website for full descriptions of what’s included in theses themes. Or, you can work with the Coop to create the fully customized party of your child’s dreams. Adine and Veronika can procure supplies and decorations, find entertainers and photographers, help with setup and breakdown, and basically offer parents a stress-free party experience.
Helpful Hints For Having A Ball
The Coop is currently open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for free play. There is ample street parking, but the best deal is at the Miller Street parking garage a block away, where $1.50 lets you park all day. Then you and your littles can head over the Coop for both kiddie fun and grownup fun.
The Coop SF
303 Linden Avenue
South San Francisco, Ca
Hours: M-F 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; weekends available for private parties
Cost: $10/child for all day play, parents and caregivers free
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