Wilton just got a lot more fun thanks to Shawn and Fiona Dyer. The parents of five launched The Play Place Wilton (theplayplace.net) at a mid-summer soft opening. They secured the 12,300 square-foot facility at 644 Danbury Road tucked behind the YMCA Gymnastics Training Center and are open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, with a non-slip socks-only policy.
The Play Place offers family-friendly programming for the 10 and under set to include open play memberships and after school classes (buses available from Miller Driscoll School), to holiday camps and one-stop shopping birthday celebrations. The parties are 90-minutes long: 30 minutes each of Adventure Playground open play, organized field games, then pizza and cake.
“We’re a community at The Play Place and take pride in knowing our members’ names…we care. We’re pleased to provide sports and educational programs plus an event space for a range of children,” said Play Place owner, Shawn Dyer.
Toddlers to tweens are welcome to burn off energy via soccer and lacrosse, perfecting their archery or robotics proficiency, to enhancing creativity through arts & crafts and Legos. There’s plenty of age-appropriate activities for local kids and The Play Place makes for a casual meet-up locale for caregivers. Sports teams are also invited to rent out the venue for practice.
“We’ve grown faster than expected and have plans for an outdoor space and cafe. Foot traffic continues to increase month after month,” continued Dyer.
The Play Place also offers The Indy Lab — a daily pre-school transitional program for children 12-28 months (accompanied by an adult), based on playful literacy and fostering good communication.
“I went to open play for the first time and bought a membership that day. The Play Place is affordable and a great way to meet other moms. It’s also the perfect space for my 15-month-old daughter, Vivienne, to develop her walking skills and socialize with kids her age,” said member, Kelsey O’Marra.
The Play Place is pristine: there are thorough daily cleanings (with additional wipe downs during slow periods), and hand sanitizer abounds. Other features include interactive screens, climbing stations, and even a toddler-sized toilet. The Play Place is a sure-fire destination for Wiltonites and beyond. Follow The Play Place Wilton on Facebook, Instagram, and X: @theplayplacewilton.
“You bring the kids, we’ll bring the fun,” said Shawn Dyer.