Parents are buzzing about BumbleBee Play Cafe

Suburban parents, rejoice! There’s another play place to add to your rotation. BumbleBee Play Cafe in Elgin offers 22,000 sq. feet of fun, fun, fun, where kids can be kids and release their pent up energy. Here are the reasons why you’ll want to buzz on over to BumbleBee Play Café.

No one’s up in your grill 

There is SO much space here, people. I’m talking about 22,000 square feet of pure fun! And yes, if you want to bring your stroller, go for it.

Everyone can play

Sometimes it’s hard pleasing both the young and old. Places either have areas best suited for younger kids or areas suited better for older kids. At BumbleBee Play Cafe, you can please both age groups in two separate and spacious rooms. 

Toddler time

Dedicated to kids 4 and under, you can rest assured that your littles won’t get trampled by the older kids. There is a large play structure and toddlers can choose to go down the enclosed slide, or if they prefer company of a friend (or parent), the open slide. Climbing through the padded play structure, toddlers can find different areas to explore or different toys to play with on the floor. The two mini buildings, a Market and Fire Station, are too cute! Other fun toys that encourage the use of their imagination include a kitchen area, a train table, a construction house and little workshop. 

Race ya!  

Around the toddler area is a little race track perfect for scooting along. My daughter loved grabbing one of the many plasma cars and going round … and round … and round.

Busy big kids

The big kids room is dedicated to kids 5 and older and is huge! Kids will never want to leave the play structure with three different slides, climbing ramps, tunnels, an area with oversized balls, and more for them to explore. Feel like jumping instead? Kids can choose to bounce, bounce around instead. My kids kept going back and forth between the play structure and bounce pad. Although the space is best suited for older kids, adventurous younger kids will still have a blast in the area; my 3-year-old did! Kids can also challenge each other to a game of mini basketball or cornhole bags.

Eat up

When the kids and parents need a break, there is a cute café with items that kids crave: chicken tenders, pizza, mozzarella sticks, smoothies and drinks. My kids went gaga over the smoothies and there is also a drink made from frozen grapes! Adults can treat themselves to an organic coffee, or if you prefer something cold, try a Bumblechino (a Frappuccino-style drink) for a quick pick-me-up.

Happy hour

Want to save a few bucks? Visit Monday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to close (excluding holidays) when admission is only $5. 

Party on

BumbleBee Play Café also has six rooms to host birthday parties for up to 70 people. Packages are pretty affordable, too, starting at $199.

Find more pictures and read more about our visit to BumbleBee Play Cafe.

If you go

BumbleBee Play Cafe

1015 N Randall Road, Elgin

Kids ages 1-12 $8 on Monday through Friday; $12 on weekends and holidays for the first child. A second child is $6 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Parents/guardians and infants up to 11 months old are free.

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