Kids Empire is a brand new, indoor play place in Villa Park that just opened on August 24, 2019. They hosted my family to play for the day and check out their expansive new playground. If you’re looking for a place for your child to burn off energy, or somewhere to go on a rainy day, Kids Empire takes the cake! This play place is shiny new, giant, and very clean. Check out the details of the newest indoor playground in the western ‘burbs.
Our Review of Kids Empire Villa Park
The three-story climbing structure is perfect for ages 3–14. Kids climb through the maze and encounter a variety of obstacles and elements to play with as they head towards the slides.
My family loved the third-floor soccer field that we came across while climbing through the maze. We couldn’t believe they had a soccer field up in a climbing maze. Such a cool idea!
Slides and Sledding
Have you ever been down a three-story high slide? Let me tell you, you go flying! There are a combination of slides throughout the maze. My three-year-old was a little intimidated with the height of the slide, so I had the chance to go down, too! Wheee! I screamed more than him!
Another special activity we found within the maze: indoor sledding. The kids grabbed a sled, climbed with the steps, and went on an indoor sled ride down a roller slide.
Building and Dancing
My kids love giant Lego bricks, and Kids Empire had a whole section of bricks to build with. We used the bricks to build a maze and castle. Another unique section of Kids Empire is the dance party room complete with glow in the dark drawings on the walls and a disco ball. My 5-year-old loved getting her groove on when she needed a break from climbing and slides.
The tot area is specifically for infants and toddlers in diapers only. This area was perfect for my 1-year-old. The climbing area and slides, located within the tot area, are smaller for tots to climb independently. There is a small trampoline, three slides, and two levels of climbing. The climbing area is still large enough for an adult to fit and help their tot maneuver the obstacles.
Our favorite area of the tot land was the ball pit. It was a nice size for kids and adults to fit, but was shallow enough for babies.
Tips for Your Visit
- Remember to bring socks! All adults and kids need socks. If you do forget, they have socks available to purchase for $2.50.
- Outside food and beverages are not allowed. They have a full snack bar with beverages and snacks for adults and kids. Kids Empire offers a kids lunchbox including a sandwich, chips, cheese or pouch, and a drink. The cost of the snack box is $5.90. If that doesn’t interest you, your play pass is valid all day and you can head to a local restaurant and come back to play.
- There are free lockers to use to lock up your belongings with a code of your choice. We put our shoes in the locker and our diaper bag. You can easily get back into your locker, so we went back and grabbed our water bottles when they needed them.
- The restrooms are equip with a changing table and stool for children to reach the sink. There are also two water fountains to refill your bottles.
- There is no dedicated nursing area and the space is open concept, so there wasn’t anywhere to really sneak away.
Kids Empire has a variety of attractions for different ages. The highlights for each:
- Ages 0–2 will love the tot area for crawlers and walkers with a variety of features. A ball pit is always a win, too!
- Ages 3–5 will be just big enough for the climbing maze. The younger end of the group may need some parental assistance on some obstacles.
- Ages 6–8 can tackle all the features of the maze independently!
- Ages 9–12 will love the soccer court and giant slides.
An all day play pass cost $15 per child. Up to two adults are free per child. Each additional adult is $5. There is a 10 admission punch card for $129. Your playground day pass has in and out privileges, so take advantage and come back later in the day! There are a few ride-on toys that require tokens ($1 each) to play.
Prices current as of 9/29/19; subject to change.
Special Needs Accommodations
Unfortunately, there are no quiet spaces for kids with sensory needs. The music is always on and the playground is open-concept, so there aren’t many spots to sneak away for a quiet moment.
There is no wheelchair access to the climbing structures or slides.
Kids Empire has all inclusive party packages with a minimum of ten kids. The prices range from $29.90 to $39.90 per child, depending on the package you choose. Kids Empire will help with printable invitations, online invitations, food, drinks, cake, and a 3-hour party.
Location and Hours
270 W North Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
- Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Vacation and holiday hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Hours current as of 8/29/19; subject to change. Please check online or call ahead to confirm.