In a climate like ours – freezing half the year and insanely hot in the depths of summer – parents get to know the indoor play options pretty well. There are tumbling places and big, open rooms full of inflatables.
Then, there’s The Big Backyard, 2857 S. 160th St., in New Berlin, which celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.
In the L-shaped space, there’s a wide variety of things for kids of all ages to do.
There’s a space for toddlers with a playset with a slides, a crawl-through caterpillar tube and other age-appropriate toys. In the far corner, there’s a basketball hoop. Right in the middle is a giant playset with climbing walls, tube slides and more. Scattered about are trikes and other ride-ons that attract kids like honey draws bees.
Off to the side is a place for parents to hang and enjoy Stone Creek coffee and chat. The menu board at the snack counter lists applesauce, fruit cups, fruit snacks and multigrain bars, alongside popcorn, pretzels and chips, as well as sweets like pudding, cookies and candy bars. There’s also a small selection of organic items like milk and Clif Kidz bars.