Mary Cliff has always believed that kids learn best from play.
That’s what prompted the 34-year-old mother of two to create an indoor space for children to play.
Our Play Place, which opened Monday on Tucson’s northwest side, also encourages parents to get in on the action.
One side of the room is decked out like a small town with beautiful wooden playhouses chock-full of accessories, places to sit, dream and pretend.
There’s the veterinary clinic, a diner, a construction site and a camper. There’s also a floor mat with wooden cars and roads, a big slide and dress-up costumes.
The camper, which has a kitchen inside, is on a campsite with a pretend campfire, BBQ grill and picnic table. The construction site has wood and PVC pipes kids can play with, and the diner looks like it came straight from a 1950’s movie.
The space is small, giving it an intimate feel where parents can sit and chat at the coffee bar .
“My main goal is it’s a space parents want to come to as much as their kids do,” Cliff said. “Parents can sit and relax or interact with their kids.”
For $10 you can bring your children, ages 1 to 8, to play for as long as they want from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 to 11 a.m. on the weekends.
Additional children can play for $7 each, kids under the age of 1 and over the age of 8 can play for free, as can adults .
There are no memberships, although a play pass for seven plays for $50 is available, as is a monthly unlimited pass for $65.
Our Play Place, 3951 W. Costco Drive, will also host birthday parties.