Location: 3210 St. John's Street, Port Moody (see map)
This play place is about a 20 minute drive (in non-rush hour traffic) from west Maple Ridge. We decided to check it out as a special treat since we have had a week of dreary weather. We arrived at about 10:15 AM on a Tusday and were the second group of people in the facility. We stayed until just past noon and during that time there were less than 10 kids, which was super nice. I cannot imagine trying to climb around the play structure on a busy weekend day when birthday parties are happening... but then again, I am 22 weeks pregnant!
One of the positives of this activity centre is the ability to see your child pretty much anywhere within the facility from the parent's area. Unfortunately since children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult in the large structure, I had to be an active participant. And let me tell you, I got a workout hoisting my 30 lb 2.5 year old up platforms and onto hanging structures! 😉
The toddler area would be great for kids crawling or just learning to walk. It didn't hold my daughter's attention for very long. The area is supposed to be limited to kids aged 3 and under but there were some pretty rambunctous older kids in there during our visit.
The rides were the same style as the ones that you see in malls. None of them were super thrilling but they seemed to do a good job entertaining the 4 and under crowd. Many of the older kids were complaining that they are "boring". That said, the older kids were having a ton of fun playing independently on the play structures.
For my 2.5 year old daughter and I it cost about $14 to play, including 8 ride tokens which were easily used up during our 2 hour visit. We didn't eat any food and you cannot bring outside food or drink into the facility so if you plan to have a snack during your visit you'll likely end up spending $20. The cost seemed a bit steep to me and I have to admit that I wasn't expecting to have to pay extra for the rides. Comparatively, it only costs $3 to play at JoJo's Playzone (see my review here), which is closer to our house and more geared towards preschoolers so we will likely continue to visit there until my daughter is big enough to enjoy Koko's independently.
The facility was reasonably clean but not exactly sparkling. We actually saw a fair amount of garbage towards the back of the toddlers area, some of which could have potentially caused a choking hazard (a couple of small rubber balls, old straws, etc.).
With that said, we did have a really good time and we both left exhausted so I would say that it was a good visit. I think it would be a great place to have a birthday party for 4 to 8 year olds. They are also offering themed summer camps which might be worth looking into.
Child Review (2.5 years old):
My daughter loved the "black slide", which is a super fast tunnel slide. She's not quite big enough (or brave enough) to do it on her own. She also really enjoyed the rides... until we ran out of tokens!
6 to 11 months:
1 to 3 years:
4 to 12 years:
13 and Up:
Snacks and ride tokens cost extra (see below for details).
DEAL ALERT: If you have a 2014 Fraser Valley Entertainment Book there is a 2-for-1 admission coupon.
|Sunday to Thursday:|
10am - 8pm
Friday & Saturday:
10am - 9pm
- Toddler Area - including a small slide, several climbing blocks, soft teeter totters, and an activity centre.
- Four-storey Soft-play Area - including many tunnels, straight and twisty tunnel slides, 3 bumpy racing slides, bridges, flying fox, small hanging apparatuses and obstacle course style areas.
- Small climbing / bouldering wall
- Kiddie Rides - just like the ones you see in the mall. About a third of them were broken when we visited. They cost $0.75 per token or $5.00 for 8 tokens. The mini carousel costs 2 tokens, all other rides are 1 token.
- TV area with child-sized seating. Lego cartoons were playing during our visit, although the kids didn't pay much attention to it.
- Private Party Rooms (see Koko's website for pricing; $99-$159).
- Cafe & Dining Area (see Koko's website, scroll to bottom for menu pricing).
- Parents Lounge with magazines and satellite TVs. Kids aren't allowed in this area.
- Free Wi-Fi.
Toilets: Mens, womens and wheel-chair accessible bathrooms including change tables and stools for children.
Overall Rating: Average - it was on the costly side and the main climbing structure is geared more towards 4 to 12 year olds but we did have a really great time on a dreary morning.