BREAKING NEWS: It’s flipping hot.
Seriously, it’s been sweaty, smoky and downright disgusting here in LA lately. I wish I could say that was just one random weekend, but unfortunately that’s been the norm all summer.
So like most summer-break weary parents, I went looking for something INDOORS to do. There are a lot of indoor playgrounds and museums around and they are all really great, but I have two boys aged 7 and 9, and unleashing their combined craziness on a tot-friendly or shush-required facility is unfair to all involved.
So I popped by The Stadium in Westlake Village to let them run amok.
The Stadium is an indoor sports facility for kids that many of you may have already been to a birthday party or two at. It has laser tag, an indoor soccer field, basketball hoops, and even giant Jenga and Chess games, and is large enough to not feel cramped and allow for kids to speak at their normal volume (ie: yelling).
It’s contained and cool-ish (still warmer than I wanted, but to give them a credit, it was 112 degrees outside) and my kids loved playing laser tag endlessly and kicking the soccer ball into the full sized goals.
There was a birthday party going on and having attended one there before, I can say they are a super fun choice for kids that love sports or need to have a little safely contained freedom.
The main purpose of The Stadium is skills training and birthday parties, so it’s not made for drop in fun, but if you call they will let you come in when it’s not booked for a fee.
They also are working on some cool programs for kids including an after-school homework club, sports camp, and teaming up with the gym that shares the building so you can work out while your kids run and play.
Visit their website thestadiumcenter.com for all the details on this facility just MADE for kids elementary to tween-age.
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.