Written by: Cheryl Loggins
Being a mom of two special needs boys, it has always been a struggle to find a place where they can go play in a safe, judgment-free environment. I think most special needs parents know the feeling of other parents and children glaring and whispering about how your child is acting. They just don’t know how over stimulating it can be for our kids, and that they aren’t misbehaving; they are just reacting and trying to cope.
This is why I am excited about the new indoor play area in Westfield called Carter’s Play Place. I took my eight-year-old autistic son, and from the moment he walked in, he was amazed. I think the word “awesome” was used a few times. As soon as you walk in you see several swings, hammocks, and a SpringFree trampoline. He ran past all of these activities and went straight to the forty-foot zip-line. The staff was very helpful setting up the zip-line so he could coast into the crash pad, for what seemed like a dozen times. He tested out all of the swings, spent several minutes on the trampoline, and enjoyed rolling down the padded roller slide. He played with Wabba and Bubber at the sensory table. We also explored and found the quiet sensory room, although luckily he didn’t need it today.
What I noticed was how spacious the facility was, and no loud music that over stimulates the kids (and annoys the adults). Because of the many windows the facility was full of natural light. The “Parent Recess Area” has two big comfy couches, and is great place to hang out while the kids are having fun. To top it off, they offer free popcorn, and hot coffee for the parents. I perused Carter’s Gear, which is a small shop where you can purchase sensory toys. We also took a look at the private birthday party room.
The cost is $10 for a single visit, with discounts for siblings and multi-visit packs. They also have a monthly membership that provides unlimited access to the facility as well as additional discounts on any products and services. Carter’s place has several different birthday packages that help to provide a memorable experience.
Carter’s Play Place is located at 17219 Foundation Parkway, Suite 100, Westfield, IN 46074. The phone number is 317-763-1568 or check out their website at www.cartersplayplace.com.
17219 Foundation Parkway