I swear if I have to watch one more episode of Caillou with my three year old daughter, my head is going to explode! So, I’ve searched my neighborhood for fun and economical activities to do with my couch potato toddler and I’ve uncovered a fantastic indoor playground called Little Monkey Bizness, located in Western Springs, Illinois.
Little Monkey Bizness provides inside play for toddlers and up. And this unique playland also caters to bigger kids, like parents! An on-site cafe delivers a surplus of tasty coffees, frappes, cappuccinos, lattes and smoothies. They also serve up delectable muffins, sandwiches and snacks for the kids. Parent’s can bring along their laptop and catch up on emails as their kids play or mom’s can meet up for a much needed chat fest.
Now back to the kids! Little Monkey Bizness boasts an expansive play area complete with slides, houses, bouncers and mazes. And for the littlest monkeys, there is a sectioned off crawler area containing cushioned ramps, tunnels and more.
But perhaps my daughter’s favorite part of Little Monkey Bizness is the large craft room offering paints, stamps, crayons and other crafty materials. My little girl loves to don a provided smock, paint a picture and then let it dry as she monkeys around back in the playground.
Little Monkey Bizness in Western Springs features open play daily and also advertises pizza nights, family events, storytime and early bird specials. They are also host to wonderful kid’s birthday parties. Party packages include: invitations, cups, forks, plates, napkins, pizza, soda, private rooms and unlimited play, seven days a week.
Children over a year old cost just $7.50 to enter Monkey Bizness, while crawlers from six to twelve months pay only $5.00. Parents and infants are always free. Monkey Bizness advertises extended hours on Tuesdays and Fridays. On these evenings, they are open until 8:00 pm and offer a reduced admission fee of only $5.00 after 5:00 pm. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday they are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and weekend hours are from 9:00 am to noon.
Little Monkey Bizness is a franchise and just recently opened an additional location in Wheaton, Illinois. They also have playlands in Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Florida. For more information, event schedules, rules and photos, log onto www.monkeybizness.com. The Western Springs Little Monkey Bizness is located at 4700 Gilbert Avenue next to the Dominick’s grocery store. The phone number is 708-246-9600.