Re-opening Date

Our first day to accept people in our storefront again is June 7th, 2020. We have changed a few things in the way we operate and wanted to update our community.

  • Reservation to Play: Starting June 7th, we are opening our doors by appointment only. You must go on our website to reserve your time to come into our facility. Each time slot is limited to allow room for social distancing and we will not allow drops-in if slots are filled. Please make sure to reserve you time here:
  • Toy Library: If you are not ready to go out and are looking to find items to keep your child(ren) engaged at home you can check out our toy library memberships. You can borrow age appropriate toys directly from us, play with them for a week and return it. Our toy library catalog and information can be found here:
  • Summer Camps:  We have several themed camps coming up starting the week of June 22nd. Camps as from 9:30am – 12:30pm. We are limiting spots to these camps as well, with a few them almost sold out. Please see more information to register to these camps here:

Please note, at this moment we are not taking any new birthday parties until social gatherings guidelines are approved by the state.

We can’t wait to see you in soon.

When do activities happen?

In 2019 we made quite a few changes to our operations. The changes were for us to run more smoothly, but also to set expectations correctly. One of reasons why people love us besides our educational play concept is that we help break up the day by running activities. Activities can include, but not limited to arts and crafts or sensory play.

imagine play activities

You can find out when activities are happening in our calendar. Usually Monday thur Friday.

Imagine Play Elk Grove Activities

The craft activity for the week is announced the week before via our social media. You can follow us on instagram or facebook to view those updates. We will alternate between this two crafts every week while supplies last, otherwise there will be a filler craft.

imagine Play Elk Grove Crafts

Sensory, Building or Game activities vary depending on the number of staff available and the ages of children in the play area at the time of scheduled activity.

Imagine Play Elk Grove Sensory Play

We hope these changes in announcement and times of our activities will make your visit to Imagine Play more pleasant, but also we hope this will make our day to day operations a lot more consistent. See you soon for play.


Our Illness policy and tips to keep healthy during the cold and flu season

Now that school in session and cold weather is approaching this is just a gentle reminder that Imagine Play does have an illness policy.  Please help us protect our guests! To keep our facility as germ free as possible we ask that kids be kept home if they are not feeling well. The guidelines of our illness policy includes:

  • being on antibiotics for less than 48 hours.
  • has a fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion.
  • severe coughing (child gets red or blue in the face and makes high pitched whoop after cough)
  • eye discharge
  • yellowish skin or eyes

If your kids look physically ill you may be asked to join us on a different day.

To lessen the chance of your kids getting ill during this cold and flu season we suggest these helpful tips:

  • wash your hands as often as possible
  • carry hand sanitizer on you and use it before eating and before and after play.
  • get plenty of sleep, for kids sleep fights off illnesses the best
  • teach kids proper sneezing etiquette by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or elbow
  • stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet

What are our weekend hours?

Just a quick blog about our weekend hours to help clarify some confusion. You’ll notice on some sites like yelp and google our weekend hours will differ than what’s on calendar on our website.

EVERY WEEKEND, you can expect that we are open between 9:30am to 12:00pm. We close at 12:00pm to accommodate private birthday party bookings. HOWEVER, there are some days when we may open later if there are no parties booked. Unfortunately, many of the sites that is not our own doesn’t allow a “variable hours” button, so you’ll see sites like yelp or google list our hours from 9:30am to 12:00pm. The most accurate and up to date weekend hours are listed on the calendar on our website. You can see the calendar under the open play tab or below.

We are in fact open 7 days a weeks, with the exception of some holidays or some special maintenance days. Those will be notated accurately or all sites.

Hope that clears things up a bit. See you for OPEN PLAY soon.

What age range do we cater to?

Per the information on our open play area of our website our play area is most ideal for children one to seven years old. Please note the key word here is MOST IDEAL. There are children that may be older or even younger that would enjoy Imagine Play just as much!

Our age demographic has a lot to do with our size, as we are what you consider COZY, but mostly because our play structures are meant for the learning minds of younger children. We designed our playground with these curial growing periods in mind. Such as having an open play concept so you can keep an eye on your little one or having a dramatic play concept to help your little one learn not only life skills, but fine motor skills. These are all strategic decisions we’ve made to encourage the nurturing of your children through play.

Does this mean a child who is 8,9,10 or even 11  won’t enjoy coming to our playground? Absolutely not! What they love the most is our hourly activities which include sensory play and arts and crafts. Also, if you see a special event that you know your older child may love, by all means, buy a ticket! Our age demographic is definitely merely a suggestion. We know every child is different and leave it up to the parent to determine what their child interests are.

Does your child love to play pretend? Do they like to dress up as a princess or say “aargh” like a pirate? Do they like to play kitchen or doctor? Do they like modeling things in sand or watching rice fall through a waterfall? Do they like arts and crafts? If you say yes to some of things then chances are they will like Imagine Play.

Why do we have a suggested age range any way? It’s important to us to set expectations. Setting an ideal age range keeps our customer more informed of what kind of playground they will be attending, Most importantly less customer are disappointed. It is always our goal to being as informative and kind to our customers as possible.

See you in for open play soon!

open play age range

When is the best time to come play?

Since all parents and children are unique, we understand the answer to this question is several different answers as parents are all looking for different things when it comes to playtime. This post will outline our best times to come for socialization or when to visit for a more calm experience.

Busy time vs Slow Times

Mornings – Mornings from Opening til about 1:00pm is generally our busier time of the day.  There is definitely a chance when you come at this time that every table is filled, but it is a great for kids to socialize.

Afternoon – Our quietest time of the day is form 1:00pm – 3:00pm. If your child wants the place peaceful this is perfect for them. After 3:00pm we may get a little rush again, however, not as filled as our morning hours.

Busy Days vs Slow Days

Monday and Tuesday are generally our slower days of the week.

Thursday and Friday are our busiest days of the week.

Weekday vs. Weekend

The biggest difference between a weekday and weekend is the hourly activities. During the week every hour we run a sensory, art and craft or game. We do not run these activities on the weekend to prepare for upcoming birthday parties. REMINDER: make sure you check out hours during the weekend, we can be open later than you expect.

Littles Vs Bigs

While our play space is designed for children between 1 to 7 years old, in the morning you’ll see more children within the age range of 1 to 3 years olds. In the afternoon we do get a variety of ages, but you can expect a few more older children.

Hot vs Cold Weather

Both are equal, as we do experience the rainy season and the extreme hot season where we are located, but you can expect that cold weather means for more full mornings and hot weather can, but not always, have crowded afternoons. Months that have seemed the slowest for us are May, June, August and September. Our birthday party season is the most prominent during the colder months as well.

Imagine Play Elk Grove When is the best time to visit

The most appropriate time to play is up to you. Hopefully this post gave you an idea of when to come to fit your family needs.

What is up with our socks only policy?

Do you ever wonder why most place spaces require a sock only rule? We’ll give you a bit of insight of why we came to the decision regarding our open play sock policy.

Sock Policy

  1. It’s a hygiene thing. We want to prevent any transfer of outside debris such as mud into our place space, but mostly to keep fungi or bacteria out.
  2. Speaking of mud and things. Since we do have little ones that are in the putting-everything -in-their mouth phase it will help prevent small objects such as sticks or small rock being picked up and swallowed by little ones.
  3. Little fingers safety. We want to prevent any accidents that can happen if something falls on tiny toes or hands.
  4. BUT MOSTLY. Here’s the honest truth, it’s really to keep our play equipment and floors in tip top shape! A $10K floor replacement is just something we can’t afford within the first years of our business.

Read more about our open play policies before you come to visit.

Sock Policy