It’s Playtime! Pickle’s Playroom Opens

By Rachael Judd | Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jeremy Tucker, left, is the stylist and salon manager. At right, Mike Stokesis the owner. Photo by Samantha Abernethy.

If you are still waiting for spring to fully arrive and your kids have cabin fever have no fear – Pickle’s Playroom is here!

Pickle’s Playroom, located at 2315 W. Lawrence Avenue, is ready for you to experience their “Sip, Clip and Play Café.” The multi-service activity center has haircuts, serves local Metropolis Coffee and provides a unique a play space for everyone.

"The Drop Zone" features a 6-foot slide and climbing area. Photo by Samantha Abernethy.

Michael Stokes, owner and stay-at-home dad, said “We made a space where families can come and spend some fun and creative time together in a safe and welcoming place.”

The salon boasts three creative stations fit with fun seats, full mirrors and a personal flat screen for your child to watch a favorite flick.

Kids are treated to cuts and products just there size. While parents are waiting there is a selection of merchandise ranging from salon products to unique wooden toys and books.

After children are trimmed, the café is just on the other side of the mirror.

These chairs bring a little extra fun to the haircuts. Photo by Samantha Abernethy.

A trained Metropolis barista serves up coffee for the adults and allergy-sensitive foods for the children. The menu is currently being tested out and will continue to evolve over the next couple months. Due to specific licensing for this facility, outside food and beverages are not allowed.

Parent-supervised playtime is the largest part of the facility. The area is visibly split into three main areas: young children, preschoolers and older kids.

For young children, moms will find the “Gerkin Suite” full of rocking chairs, foam puzzle floors, mirrors and more.

Preschoolers have several stations to choose from including a train table, a three story doll house and the “Evolution Market” with the play kitchen right outside.

Older kids can enjoy the six-foot slide (“The Drop Zone”), throw balls down the tube maze or get creative with their own light show from the “Control Tower”.

From this control tower, kids flip the switches and steer the wheel to control the lights. Photo by Samantha Abernethy.

Pickle’s Playroom is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Playtime is $12 for the first child, $9 for siblings with 5-play, 10-play and monthly passes available. This includes two hours of playtime per visit.

Pickle’s Playroom also has a classroom that will soon host a variety of music and art classes. The facility is available for private parties and events.

Details can be found on the website at www.picklesplayroom.com.

Pickle’s Playroom will be at Kids in the Square and hopes to host a grand opening bash in the coming weeks.

Stop on by for a sneak peek of Lincoln Square’s newest funhouse!

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