Review: KidStreet at Grounds For Hope in Lisle

Important Note: Kidstreet can be difficult to find the first time you go. It is on south side of Maple Street, just west of Benedictine St. The building is labeled Trinity and on the east of a strip mall. The Kidstreet logo is very small and easy to miss.

KidStreet is a community outreach project of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle. It is connected to Gounds for Hope Café. Kidstreet is divided into four areas, each geared towards a certain age group. The first room, the PlayHouse, has a 3-story climbing area for kids ages 2-8. There are tables for the parents around the outside. The Treasure Room is geared towards toddlers with toys such as play kitchens, blocks, trucks, and doll houses. The Tree House has a slide and some tunnels, but no other toys. The WonderHouse is for kids 2 and under, although older kids are allowed. This room is designed for crawlers, so kids and parents are asked to wear socks. They have soft blocks, dolls, infant toys, and a few bouncers for older infants. Overall, I found this to be a great place to spend a morning. The price is very reasonable, especially if you have multiple children and there is a good variety of activities for the kids.

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KidStreet PlayHouse ClimbingIs there ample parking? Can you park close?

  • There is plenty of parking in front and on the side of the building.

When is the best time or day to go? When is it the least crowded?

  • Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be the slowest days, while Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest. Since it’s divided into multiple rooms, I’ve never found it to feel overcrowded. There’s always somewhere to go in order to get a little more space.
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Was it crowded when you went? or About how many kids were there when you went?

  • I went on a Monday morning and there were probably 20-30 kids (it’s hard to count because they are spread out over multiple rooms and are constantly moving between spaces). I asked the person working and she mentioned that it was unusually busy for a Monday.

Are there public bathrooms? Is there a changing table? Are the bathrooms kid-friendly?

  • The bathrooms are very nice and kid-friendly. There are men & women restrooms near the classrooms. Each has a changing table inside the larger stall. The doors to the restrooms are swinging, saloon-type doors, so it would be easy to monitor an older child without having to go in with them. Two of the rooms, Treasure Room & WonderHouse, have private restrooms that have a changing table, a toddler-sized toilet, and sinks with footstools.

Is there a private space to nurse?

  • There is a room called the Quiet Room, next door to the Treasure Room, for moms that would like to nurse in private.

What was your child’s favorite part of the play area? Least favorite?

  • My 2 ½ year old son liked the WonderHouse, which is actually designed for children 2 and younger. He seemed to enjoy the toys and puzzles in this room. He also liked the Treasure Room, which has toys for slightly older kids, but he didn’t want to stay very long.
  • His least favorite part was the PlayHouse, which is the 3-story climbing structure. While this seems to be the most popular area with other kids, he didn’t want to go inside. I think when he’s a little bit bigger/older, he will love it.
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What was your favorite part? Least favorite?

  • My favorite part was the Wonder Room, the area for kids 2 and under. I have a 2 ½ year old and a 10 month old and this room had toys that both of them could enjoy. I liked that it is a shoe free area, so I felt comfortable with the little one crawling around on the floor. Also, unlike the other rooms, the door stays shut, so it encouraged my older son to stay and play.
  • My least favorite part was moving from room to room. If I had been alone with my oldest, it wouldn’t have been as big of a deal, but it was hard to keep up with the baby in tow. My older son was so excited about each room, he kept running back and forth as I chased after him. It would be much easier if you were with a couple other parents, so you could spread out and keep an eye on all of the kids.

KidStreet TreeHouseIs it clean?

  • It is very clean and looks well cared for.

Was the staff friendly? Attentive? Pleasant?

  • The staff members I encountered were all very friendly, helpful, and willing to answer questions.

Is food allowed? Are there designated snack areas? Is food sold there?

  • There is a café (Grounds for Hope) in the front, near the PlayHouse, that serves breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snacks. It is reasonably priced and some of the proceeds go towards rotating charities (currently Feed my Starving Children & Living Water International). You can eat in the café or take your items to the play areas. You are not allowed to bring outside food, except for water bottles and baby food. The sandwich I had was very good and they have a kid’s menu.
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What ages do you feel the play area caters to?

  • I think this caters to kids 8 and under. Since there a variety of areas to play in, each age group will probably enjoy different aspects. I think it is especially geared towards younger kids (5 and under). Older kids (7-8) might find the Treasure Room and the WonderHouse to be too babyish for them, but they would probably enjoy the Playhouse climbing area.

Is there an infant/baby area? Toddler friendly?

  • The Treasure Room is toddler friendly, while the WonderHouse is geared towards babies.

Anything else you want to highlight?

  • The PlayHouse and the WonderHouse require socks/no shoes for kids & parents. If you forget, they have socks available for purchase.
  • The first time you visit, you’ll be asked to fill out a registration form. You can save time by filling out the form before you go… click here for the registration form.

Kidstreet at Grounds for Hope Cafe
2701 Maple Ave
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 857-3355

Review by: Christy, mom of two boys, 2 1/2 & 10 months

Thanks Christy! If anyone has something to add feel free to comment below.
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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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