Over Spring Break, my family and I visited Play Street Museum – Frisco’s newest indoor play space for kids. What I was hearing from fellow Frisco Moms is true – it’s like nothing else we have in Frisco. It’s a hands-on, creative concept that fosters pretend play, imagination, and social skills for young children.
Upon entrance, my two daughters’ eyes lit up! To them, it’s pretend play heaven, with wooden playhouses galore modeled after Frisco staples – Kenny’s Burger Joint, a Frisco Fire Station, Kroger, and an FISD school bus (among others). Each of the playhouses is filled with pretend play toys (primarily of the Melissa and Doug® variety).
My girls first made a beeline to Kenny’s Burger Joint. It’s impossible to resist with a kid-sized booth, drive-thru window, and menus. Instantly the girls took charge of ordering, serving, and eating in their own restaurant.
Our next stop was the mock Kroger. If you need to stock up on child-sized Tide detergent, this kids’ store has it! (Along with other realistic groceries, sacks, and a cash register.)
The Firehouse comes equipped with a fire truck and a fire hose. Which is important, because there is a house on “fire” next door! (Never fear: the house comes with an escape slide for the kids.)
At the Animal Hospital, the girls put leashes on stuffed puppies and kittens, fed them, and then tucked them into their cages for a nap!
Each playhouse offers its own experience. The Medical Clinic has a stretcher, crutches, and exam table for its patients. The Academy has school desks, a chalkboard, and teaching tools. The Home center includes a washer/dryer that spins, fireplace, and full kitchen.
At Play Street Museum children must be prepared to share. During our two hour visit, there were approximately 30 or so children on site. Naturally, sharing issues do occur. But new friends are also made, as the kids engage in pretend play games together.
Play Street Museum provides a coloring area, Legos, and other teaching manipulatives for play. The admission fee of $11 grants each child unlimited play, and a wooden dollar to be exchanged for a healthy snack.
The play center caters to parents, as well, with ample seating, free wifi, and coffee available for purchase. All of the playhouses are within eyesight, so it’s easy to keep track of your child while you catch up on your emails or chat with a fellow parent.
Play Street Museum is open from 9-5 on weekdays, while weekends are reserved for birthday parties. It was fairly busy on the Wednesday when we visited, at noon, but it was Spring Break, so that may not be typical.
I noted there isn’t a form of security upon entrance, such as a stamp or bracelet to match a child to their parent or guardian. There is only one way in and one way out, however, and parents are on-site to watch their kiddos. (Play Street Museum is not a drop off childcare center.)
I’m rooting for the owners of this unique play center. We had a great time and will definitely return soon. While running, jumping, and playing tag with friends are important to the healthy development of our children, so are their creativity and ability to pretend. Play Street Museum in Frisco exists for exactly this purpose.