The Playzone at Yorktown Shopping Center is a small play area for younger children. The train ride is fantastic and the play equipment, although small, is enough to keep the kids entertained for a brief period. I would not recommend coming to the mall ONLY for this playzone but it is certainly worth a stop if you are already there. Clean equipment, padded floors, and lots of seating for adults provide the perfect environment for a play time break in shopping.
Is there ample parking? Can you park close?
- There is ample parking all around the indoor mall area and you can access the Playzone easily from several entryways. I parked next to Von Maur with no problem
How much does it cost?
- The Playzone is free of cost and the train ride next to it is $1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets
- They are open during mall hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm
When is the best time or day to go? When is it the least crowded?
- There is no staff working directly in the Playzone but the train operator suggested weekday afternoons as the least crowded and Saturday mornings as the most crowded.
Was it crowded when you went? or About how many kids were there when you went?
- Neither the train nor the Playzone was crowded while we were there. We went around 1:00 on a weekday and there were about 6 other children playing.
Are there public bathrooms? Is there a changing table? Are the bathrooms kid-friendly?
- This was the biggest downfall. The restrooms are not located close to the Playzone. We had to go up the escalator and down the hall to the restrooms. By the time we had put shoes back on and found our way there, we were close to not making it in time. There was a changing table and the restrooms were clean but no child sized toilets and no step stools.
- No nursing space available
What was your child’s favorite part of the play area? Least favorite?
- My children both thoroughly enjoyed the train ride. They did also like the Playzone but it is extremely small with only 4 small structures to climb on and a small book shelf with books that were ripped. They played on the structures for about 30 minutes but lost interest after that.
What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
- I also really liked the train ride and thought the $1 tickets were well worth it. Unfortunately, there are several video game/ride machines next to the train that the kids wanted to play which also cost money. The Playzone was much smaller than I anticipated but the kids still had fun. My least favorite was the trip to the bathroom. It was too far away and difficult to find with 3 kids in tow.
Is it clean?
- The Playzone was clean however we arrived just after they cleaned it. The children are required to take off their shoes but parents/caregivers were wearing theirs and it is a carpeted area. There should be signs and requirements for adults to be shoe free as well.
Was the staff friendly? Attentive? Pleasant?
- There is no staff that works directly in the Playzone. The guest services desk (across the hall) was very friendly when I spoke with them and was pleasant with the children. The train operator was sweet with the children as well.
- There is no food or drink allowed in the Playzone. There is a foodcourt in the mall to purchase meals and snacks.
What ages do you feel the play area caters to?
- This area is best for children between 18 months and 5 years.
Is there an infant/baby area? Toddler friendly?
- There is no designated infant or toddler area. I would not take an infant or young toddler on a day that is crowded as the kids were running and jumping on the structures.
Anything else you want to highlight?
- The Playzone floor is very soft, padded, carpet. It was great for sliding off the structures and for the inevitable fall off of one. There is also plenty of seating for the parents along the edges with cubbies underneath the benches for storage. It is also closed off with a latched gate so parents don’t have to worry about their children running out of the Playzone.
PlayZone and Express Train at Yorktown Shopping Center
203 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, Illinois 60148
Review by: Kaylene Costello, mom of 3, ages 6, 3, and 9 months
Thanks Kaylene! If anyone has something to add feel free to comment below.
Want to check out other indoor places to play? Click here: Kidlist • Indoor Play Areas
Note: When I was looking for the link to the Play Zone and Express Train I ran across some info on Yorktown Centers Kids World Program. Here’s what it says: “Sign up for our Yorktown Kids World program! There is no purchase to join and all members will receive discounts to stores and restaurants, special events, birthday surprises and more! For more information and sign up details, please stop by the Guest Services desk on the Lower Level, Center Court.”