For our annual kids’ issue, we take a look inside Ohio’s largest indoor play structure. Keep reading to learn about this Blue Ash-based center that focuses on creative and active play so your little ones can bounce, run, jump, and play their way through summer!
Summer is here and your kids are bouncing off the walls with energy. That’s where Pogo Play can help.
Instead of bouncing off the walls at your house, they can bounce around at this 20,000-square-foot family entertainment center that focuses on creative and active play. Based in Blue Ash, you’ll find that Pogo Play is home to the largest indoor play structure in Ohio, with more than 7,600-square-feet of sliding, climbing, crawling, and two mounted pogo sticks for everyone’s jumping pleasure.
Pogo Play Owner Susan Mattick says that there are different experience zones at the center, including a basketball court, dramatic play, a LEGO room, a toddler room for ages 3 and under, an interactive floor, and an imagination playground where you can build with life-sized building blocks.
One additional experience available at Pogo Play is the inflatables. There are six inflatables open at no additional charge for open jump times. Mattick says the inflatables are also part of the birthday party experience at Pogo Play.
“We sport comfortable leather club chairs for parents to take a break, along with free Wi-Fi,” adds Mattick. “Allison’s Cafe provides a variety of healthy options including freshly made salads, paninis, smoothies, frappes, pizza, quesadillas, fresh fruit, pretzel bites, and more with both indoor and outdoor seating.”
When asked what inspired her to open such a place in Blue Ash, Mattick says that she wanted to set out and create a safe and fun environment that stimulated minds and encouraged active bodies.
“Too many activities for children today are stationary and don’t require a lot of thought and creativity,” she says. “I wanted to create a one-pay admission space without video games or other activities that don’t require children to think about how to use the objects around them in creative ways. After visiting children’s museums around the country, and different business models, Pogo Play was born.”
As a single mother who also works full-time, Mattick says that she was not only focused on creating a space that would encourage active minds and bodies, but that was also safe. That’s why everyone who enters the entertainment center receives a coded wristband for safety, so that staff members know which child belongs to which family.
In addition to being the largest indoor play structure in the state, Pogo Play is also unique in that everything about it was thought out and designed to support the mission of providing active play for the child inside all of us.
“It isn’t simply an ‘add on’ business, but designed specifically for day play and birthday party opportunities,” says Mattick. “Every activity was planned to provide a different experience for our guests. The activities were purposefully selected to provide different sensory and learning opportunities.”
And when it comes to birthday parties, there are two options available at Pogo Play. The Pogo Palooza Party is for two party hosts and includes pizza, two unlimited beverage choices, ice cream, paper supplies, 2 hours and 15 minutes of party room access, and 30 minutes of exclusive use of the inflatables. The Pogo Party provides the same as the Palooza Party minus the pizza and drinks. All party guests can also enjoy unlimited play after the party concludes.
“There is no tipping as we already include this in our staff’s compensation, so you don’t have to worry about additional costs on your special day,” says Mattick. “We will keep track of gifts and do all the clean up, too.”
Mattick says that the next few weeks at Pogo Play will include a sale on branded socks. She adds that the business will also look at new food options for the cafe as well as keeping an eye out for new attractions.
Pogo Play is located in Blue Ash at 10870 Kenwood Road, between Creek and Cornell roads.