Looking for an indooor play centre now the weather has turned cold? Well, thanks to a new centre that opened in Lasalle in December, there is another option open to families. Parc du Soleil, located on Newman Blvd. (in the same strip mall as Toys R Us and Giggles), has two play areas: one for those up to the age of 3 and another for 3 and up. The one for older kids has three slides, a mini-trampoline (surrounded by protective netting) and a climbing structure.
It was started by three Lasalle mothers who felt that there weren’t enough indoor play centres for kids. They felt that their borough would be a great central location for families coming from the West End, West Island or even from downtown (it is easily accessible by Angrignon metro). The centre is 3,345 square feet and can accommodate approximately 70 kids at one time.
The owners say the two most important factors for them are maintaining a clean environment and serving healthy food. When I first noticed that the kids go down a slide and end up in a pit of plastic balls, I was a bit concerned about how they would be able to keep this area clean. So I asked management. It turns out that they are very vigilant; every morning, the staff uses an ultraviolet sterilizing light that kills bacteria and, once a week, a professional cleaning crew removes all the balls, cleans the pit and washes each ball individually.
As for food, they serve Paninis, fruit and freshly-squeezed orange, apple, carrot and other types of juice. Admission is $8.95 plus tax for kids – no charge for accompanying adults. I found the price very affordable; it is a great way to spend a couple of hours relaxing over coffee while the kids keep active and have fun.
The centre also has two party rooms and offers four birthday party packages. The basic one costs $219 plus tax, which includes: 10 kids, two hours of play time, one hour for a private party room, six helium balloons, three litres of freshly squeezed juice, two bowls of popcorn, a personalized birthday cake, 10 cups of coffee for adults, all the tableware, set up and clean up by staff and a free admission ticket for the birthday child.