When the weather starts to get frightful, it’s nice to have a few options for indoor play and entertainment to keep the kids active, the parents sane and everyone entertained. Offering an assortment of structured and drop-in options for young children, as well as fitness and childcare options for adults, Just Ducky Yonge Kids is not just an indoor playground, it’s a family centre.
Drop-in Indoor Playground
Just Ducky is known primarily for its drop-in indoor play facilities. Best suited to children from 0 to 5 years, the bright, clean indoor play area offers a variety of stimulating play experiences that include sensory mats, ball pits, climbers and more. Not a huge space, the clear sight lines will make you feel comfortable supervising you children. Indoor stroller parking is an added bonus. Drop-in hours are Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 5:30, Friday 9:30 to 3:00, and Saturday mornings (November to May only) from 9:00 to 11:00. Admission is $10 per child with $6 for an additional sibling. Passes are also available.
Art, Cooking and Fitness classes
If you’re looking for something more structured for your child, children’s programming is offered from Monday to Friday and includes cooking, art, dance, and martial arts classes at various age levels. Parent and tot classes are offered to Little Ducks (ages 12 to 36 months), while Big Duck (ages 3 to 5) and Mighty Duck (ages 6 to 8 ) classes are offered as drop-off classes. Classes are by registration and run for 7 or 8 weeks.
With the support of their shop next door, The Duck Stops Here, Just Ducky is a full-service party facility as well. The Just Ducky staff facilitate the party, so all you have to do is show up. Three party packages – Duck Pond, Duck Puddle, Puddle Jumping Brunch – offer party goers the run of the facility at varying price points.
The adult fitness classes make Just Ducky an all-round family centre. Here, parents can enjoy a little physical activity, including yoga, spinning and mom and baby fitness. Classes are offered daytime and evening at competitive prices. For an additional $6, childcare is provided on site. Call ahead to reserve a spot.
Sometimes you just need a couple of hours to run some errands or you want to have some grown-up time with your partner. That’s why Just Ducky offers Drop and Shop and Drop and Dine services.
For children 18 months to 6 years, Drop and Shop is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 12:00 and 3:00 and 5:00. Included is supervised playtime, snacks and refreshments. Call to reserve with payment at least 48 hours before the date.
Drop and Dine gives you a chance to enjoy dinner out between 6:00 and 8:30 while your children are treated to dinner, music and art activities, and supervised play time. Popular with older children, the staff will cater the activities to suit the children’s age level. Drop and Dine is available the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Registration is required with 48 hours notice.
Just Ducky Yonge Kids
3300 Yonge Street, Toronto 416-488-3825