PLAY Modesto opened up in 2018 and since then has been a go-to destination for youngsters in the 209. PLAY, which stands for Play Laugh Always Young, Modesto is owned and operated by Miguel and Natalie Topete.

“We wanted to open up in Modesto because there really is not a place in the Valley where kids can go play indoors and have the variety of things that we offer,” said Miguel Topete.

PLAY Modesto is targeted to children from birth up to eight years old.

“My wife would have to go to the Bay Area to hang out with her friends; they would have indoor play areas for kids, so when the opportunity came up that we can open up here, we jumped on it.”

The large indoor play area is located at 3500 Sisk Road Suite F-2.

“We chose this location because at the time Babies R Us was next door and Peek A Baby is in our shopping strip so it has been a good fit,” added Topete.

PLAY Modesto offers many different things for all ages, including: birthday parties, meet and greet with characters, 6,000 square-feet of play area, special theme days, snacks and a store front.

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This “little shark” swam his way into PLAY Modesto for meet and greet with the kids. He danced and took photos with the kids.

“Every Thursday we have a special guest appearance by a character, sometimes we have one stop by on Fridays as well, but it just depends,” Topete said. “We also have theme dates. Like a Princess slumber party where we have the princesses come in their pajamas, eat pizza, pillow fight, do arts and crafts. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear their pajamas as well.”

Their storefront is filled with quality toys made by the Melissa & Doug Company.

“Most of the toys that we have on site are from Melissa & Doug Company,” Topete said. “Our pretend room features a kitchen, ice cream stand and a grocery store all by Melissa & Doug. So, when they are done playing, they see the toys in our store before they leave.”

Also featured in the store are puzzles, dress up clothes and plush toys.

PLAY Modesto’s parties are private and the kids have the whole facility to themselves. Packages include play time for up to two, three or four hours. Parents can bring their own decorations (or PLAY Modesto offers their decorations as well). The party room is where they can open their presents, eat and play games.

“It’s best to make your reservation in advance, like months in advance because it does fill up fast,” suggested Topete. “The benefit to having an indoor facility is that it is perfect for kids’ parties year-round. When it’s raining or cold outside you want a party indoor, and also when it is super-hot outside too.”

PLAY Modesto is broken off into sections for the kids so they can play at their pace. There is a baby area for kids under two years old. That includes a soft, padded play floor with things for them to play with including a giant caterpillar to crawl, throw and climb on. In the bigger kids’ area, it includes a bounce house, giant inflatable boat, multiple slides, jungle gym, a trampoline, pedal cars and more. There is also a building block room and both air hockey and basketball are available as well.

Like most places, the pandemic took its toll on PLAY Modesto but they are looking to come back strong.

“During the pandemic it was a challenge,” Topete said. “Like all businesses, we had to shut down, and wait for CDC guidelines. However, now that we are back and running, we are back to full play and following the CDC guidelines. We ask that folks who are not vaccinated to please wear a mask. Those who are fully vaccinated can enter without masks.”

PLAY Modesto also offers many sanitizing stations throughout the facility.

For more information call (209) 543-9184 or visit playmodesto.com.