Two Cypress families whose needs were not being met by local entertainment options took it upon themselves to open a 6,000-square-foot indoor playground in February 2019.
Kidtastic Park was designed with both parents and children in mind, said Christina Nguyen, who co-owns the business with her husband, Ricky, and her friends Khoa and Jasmine Do.
“It started because we both have two kids ... and we could never quite find a clean, fun family type of place in Cypress,” she said. “There are a lot of other places throughout Cypress and the Houston area, but there were none that were geared toward smaller children.”
Designed for children up to age 12 with a special designated area for toddlers ages 0-3, Kidtastic Park features a zip line, merry-go-rounds, slides, obstacle courses and educational elements throughout.
Admission for a day of unlimited play starts at $5.99 for babies younger than 1 and ranges from $10.99-$13.99 depending on the day and sibling discounts. Two adults are admitted free per child.
Parents can watch their children in the open-concept playground or via a big-screen livestream, but they are also welcome to join in on the fun, Christina said.
“We want parents to be able to go in and play with their kids and not just be a spectator,” she said.
The team at Kidtastic Park implemented several other safety features from the beginning. This includes a gate that locks upon entering or exiting the playground area and a wristband system that matches parents to their children.
Cleanliness is another focus for the business. Christina said everyone in the play structure is required to wear Kidtastic Park’s signature sticky socks, which cost $2.50. The facility is also cleaned throughout the day and closes once a month for deep cleaning, she said.
Two private rooms can be rented and decorated with the help of the host included in each party package. Other special events include Mommy and Me Mondays, Toddler Tuesdays, Sensory Friendly Days and holiday activities.
Christina said she and her partners enjoy giving back to the local community, and they launched a program last year called Kidtastic Park Cares in which they collect and donate supplies to area nonprofits. A local muralist was also hired to paint rainbows, butterflies, bumblebees and other “critters” throughout the park to bring outdoor elements inside, she said.
“Playing outside is a lot of fun; we play outside a lot, but it gets hot; it gets cold; it gets rainy,” she said. “Our big thing was creating the park environment, [but] it’s climate-controlled; it’s safe; it’s clean.”