My children (ages 9 to 1) were lost inside a magical jungle treehouse minutes after entering Makutu’s Island. Just looking around at the colorful treetops and animals made me want to run and play. Tunnels, slides, and an arcade entertained us for over two hours. We had a great afternoon exploring this indoor playground.
The main attraction of Makutu’s Island is a group of adjoining play structures. Treehouses and caves are connected by bridges and tunnels high above the ground. 35-foot long slides wind adventurers from the fourth level down to the tree roots. According to my 7-year-old, the slides feel like roller coasters. Down at the bottom of the tree, my boys imagined they were searching for jungle treasure as they crawled through tunnels under one tree’s roots. Rope ladders, fire-poles, and zip-lines inside the play structures thoroughly entertained and exhausted the kids.
The toddler’s section offered little more than the rest of the play area. There are some small slides that were fun for my one-year-old. A gate separates “Oscar’s Lagoon” from the rest of the play area, but did not stop older kids from coming inside to play. Inside the gated play zone, a few soft foam climbers, blocks, and mats were thrown across the floor. This area was small and crowded. My one-year-old preferred crawling around between the large play structures.
A large volcano high in one corner enchanted my 5-year-old who wondered how they got a volcano in the wall. My 9-year-old was enticed by the arcade beneath it. She reported that several of the games were in poor condition, but she did have fun. Most games distribute tickets that can then be redeemed for a large variety of prizes. You do have to purchase tokens in addition to your entrance free. There are also a couple rides that require tokens.
No outside food is allowed but there is a café where food can be purchased. Prices seemed comparable to chain restaurants (about $4 for kid’s meals).
Bottom-Line: Makutu’s Island provides energy burning fun. This is a refreshing and unique playground to visit during the hot summer months. The price seems a little steep for what you get, especially considering the additional costs of arcade games and rides, but adults are free. I would recommend this indoor play space kids ages 3-9 who love to climb and slide.
Tips: Go online to MakutusIsland.com to fill out a waiver before you go. It will save you time during check-in. Socks are required for play so make sure everyone has them. If parents want to climb with kids, they will need them too.
Disclosure: I received complementary admission to Makutu’s Island for the purpose of review but the opinions expressed are completely my own.
This is a great place to bring your energetic kids! They will run and play and have fun and will probably not want to leave! The inside of this place is a giant treehouse with rope bridges and huge twisty slides.
Very important! Make sure your kids wear pants and long sleeves to avoid "road rash" from going down the slides over and over. Also, socks are required.
Outside food and drinks are not allowed and you may only have a birthday party with gifts here if you reserve it through Makutu's Island. (though we went for our child's birthday and did cake and presents at home). There is a small cafeteria where you can pay high prices for crummy food if you really want to. At least they had smucker's pb&j's and juice boxes.
Watch your kids well if they go up the tree with the firehouse pole in it. Inside is not well lit (not really lit at all) and I watched 2 kids fall from about 6 feet up when they did not see the hole where you can slide down the firepole (one was my own and thankfully he was unhurt - the other kid needed stitches). So do use caution or only let older children go up in this treehouse. The other treehouse is fine and I even went up it several times with my children and went down the slide with them.
They have a mini zipline here and a great fish aquarium that toddlers love. Also, video games and prizes.
Overall a fun place to spend an afternoon. Check the website for discounts. Join the kids club for half off the first time you go.