Lil' Monkeys Indoor Playgrounds Inc.

Lil' Monkeys Indoor Playground

in Burlington, Ontario knows your child wants to have fun and explore - and it offers many safe and stimulating activities within its award-winning indoor facility.

The play facility is designed for kids aged 0 to 12, and is 15,000 sq. ft. of children's entertainment spread across five levels. Inside you'll find a number of fun things to do for kids of all ages, from super slides, a punch forest, rock climbing wall, enclosed basketball court, air hockey, full arcade, and so much more!

Along with a full arcade featuring new games, your little ones can also enjoy new features such as the Eyeplay Interactive Floor, as well as making their own furry friends through Teddy Mountain. If your little one likes to be in the spotlight, there's even a centre stage for young entertainers.

There's also a toddler section that offers age-appropriate play for younger kids, as well as a treat for parents - a relaxing lounge that offers a complimentary cup of tea or coffee while you watch your children play, with free wifi also available. You can also take advantage of the library on site to read a story together!

While the facility welcomes drop-ins (frequent player

passes and yearly memberships

are also available), Lil' Monkeys is also an ideal option for children's birthday parties of all sizes, and you can also

book your party online

for your convenience! Party options include pizza, tokens, refillable fountain drinks for adults, mascots, extra invitations, and more! You can also inquire about day camps, corporate bookings, holiday parties, and other special occasions.

You can have a virtual look inside the facility thanks to the

online photo gallery

, and read

what clients are saying

! Also be sure to see how

many awards

Lil' Monkeys has collected over the years.

The facility is wheelchair accessible, and is open seven days a week. To find out more, call 905-632-4200,

send an email

, like the

Facebook page

, or drop by in person at 3250 Harvester Road (Unit #5) in Burlington.

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Hundreds of Parents Demand Refunds From Absolutely Awful' Fortnite Festival in Norwich
Hundreds of parents have demanded refunds after visiting a Fortnite festival that was branded "absolutely awful".Visitors to the two-day Fortnite Live event at Norfolk showground near Norfolk were forced to queue for hours to enter the site on Saturday.And once inside, parents said the computer game-themed event was a "shambles", with depressing attractions and a shortage of staff.Organisers Exciting Events had billed the festival as the "ultimate Fortnite Battle Royale" with "crazy competitions, awesome activities... and much more".Visitors were charged up to £22 for a ticket and a further £20 each for wristbands to take part in the attractions.Justine Petersen, 44, from Bradwell, Norfolk, travelled 25 miles to the event with husband Martin and their nine-year-old son Richard, after paying about £40 for tickets.She said: "We queued for about 45 minutes to get through the gates, then joined another queue to get wristbands."After having waited another hour, the family decided to walk around to see what was on offer.MORE: 'Killer' illegal car seats on sale for just £8 on eBay and Amazon MORE: 27-year-old appears in court accused of killing three pensionersShe said: "There was a climbing wall that could only fit about four kids on it, the sort of thing you would only see at a school fete."Another attraction included on an itinerary handed to families was the "Cave Experience".Mrs Petersen said: "It was some sort of truck with a tarpaulin over the sides, then they had stuck a grey plastic slide on the back."It wasn't even slippery. The kids were using their arms to push themselves down it."In front of that there was a merchandise stall. There were baseball caps with cannabis leaf logos on them."She added: "We then went to the main building. There was a big inflatable llama with a crowd barrier around it, pushed against a wall."The main stage where they were meant to be having a dance competition was tiny."Mrs Petersen said there was also a "Dusty Diner", a location from the game where players can collect resources.She said: "It was two or three tables and a couple of ladies with tea urns and they had three or four cakes in front of them."Everything had a massive queue. There were thousands of people and only about six things to do."The disappointed family left within an hour.Mrs Petersen said: "There were children upset everywhere. There was not a single person who seemed to be happy about what they saw. It was horrendous."@EDP24 fortnite live event. 1 climbing wall between 3000 children. 4 go karts between the same amount, nobody dressed up as characters, people still queuing 2hrs after gates open. Absolutely awful #fortnite #fortnitelive #OfficalMarcSmith (@marc0835) February 16, 2019Liam Buddle, 32, went with his three sons Tyler, nine, Riley, six, and Dylan, also aged six.The father-of-three said he paid £67.50 for tickets and a further £15 on tokens that could be used for the activities.The supermarket manager from Norwich said: "For me, the big disappointment was the lack of entertainment and the dreary look of the place."There was really nothing to do there and the things that were were there were of a poor standard for the money we spent."A lot of things were either not open or just completely not there. My children love Fortnite and after half an hour they were disappointed and wanted to leave."Event organiser Shaun Lord said the long queues were a result of staffing issues and claimed it had been a "fantastic show".Writing on their Facebook page, the organisers said that "so many happy children have enjoyed a great day at Fortnite Live Norwich today".They added: "However, these happy visitors have been accompanied by a mixed bag of feedback with the queues wearing thin on some visitor's patience and we sincerely apologise to those visitors who gave feedback regarding the queues."
2021 07 11
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