The Stomping Ground in Scottsdale opened just this week and it has the potential to be one of the best indoor play areas in the Valley! This place combines activities that give kids outlets for energy and creative play; add friendly employees that actually engage with your children and you have a great atmosphere for family fun.
The huge gymnasium like building has different play stations that will appeal to a wide variety of ages. The center area is carpeted and has three climbing things like you would find at a mall play area, as well as an oversized pink castle. Our kids found the volcano structure the most entertaining, but the dinosaur provided some comfy break time moments for our three year old as well.
To the sides, you’ll find three bouncy houses. These are temporary, as there are plans to build a massive playground. But the bouncy houses were a hit! One has an obstacle course, climbing ramp and zippy slide – the kids always gravitated here and never got tired of it. (That said, the nature of having bouncy houses does mean more noise, so be prepared for this when you visit.)
There is also a gated, mostly carpeted toddler area with age appropriate toys. And the cutest pretend grocery store and kitchen! Don’t miss the mini carts selling popsicles or hot dogs, seriously so fun even for adults. But by far the most unique aspect of this indoor play place is the bike corner. There are scooter cars, trikes and 20″ wheel bikes for kids to enjoy. How cool is that?!
The cafe offers drinks and snacks, as well as soft serve ice cream and items like hummus packs. We tried the ice cream – no complaints from the kids! Restrooms are easily accessible around the corner from the cafe. Seating is spread out all around the room. As a mom, this is one aspect I loved – you can see your kids no matter where you sit. So helpful!
I had a chance to chat with the owner before leaving. She has some great plans for The Stomping Ground, with everything from hand painted murals on the wall to finished floors to….well, you’ll just have to follow their progress and see! It is evident that a lot of love has been put into this venue. We’re excited to see what develops over the rest of the year.
On the note of development, there are a couple details I think parents should know. The majority of the flooring is concrete, for now. This is one reason grip socks are needed. The toddler area is padded, but it does have a slight step down for a couple inches around three sides. There are a couple undeveloped side areas that were blocked off only with buckets. Some adventuresome children might find this enticing! So parents, please watch your children at all times. Better yet, play with them!
This is NOT a negative review, just a FYI as The Stomping Ground continues to develop. We attended on their soft opening day. We will definitely update our review as things change!
The Stomping Ground is located in South Scottsdale, near Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. They are open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Admission is $15/child (6 months-12 years) for 90 minutes, with 1 free adult per paid guest. At the time of this post, there is a summer special of $12/child. Grip socks are required for play. Bring your own or purchase them for $2.50/pair at the desk.
The Stomping Ground
2012 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale AZ, 85257