BY ANGELINA MARTIN

ANGElINA MARTIN/209 business journal
Birthday boy Talen Valenzuela is all smiles as he comes down the slide at Kidz Time Indoor Playground on Tuesday afternoon.

Turlock has plenty of public parks for children to play in, but as temperatures rise, Turlock’s newest playpark is ready to welcome kids for a fun, air-conditioned visit.

“There isn’t much for younger kids in Turlock to do other than the park, but when it’s too hot or even when it rains, where can you take your crawler or toddler?” Kidz Time Indoor Playground owner Jesica Karam said.

Aa parents of two, Jesica and her husband Web Karam decided to answer this question for themselves when they opened their indoor playground in May. They had seen the idea years ago while traveling out of state, she said, and after the birth of their second child decided to provide an indoor play option for kids in Turlock.

“I thought it was not only a great idea that lets kids socialize, but that lets moms socialize as well,” Jesica said.

Supervised by their parents, children ages infant through seven can play on the 2,000 square foot playground at Kidz Time, which features a larger play structure for older children, a small, soft play area for those who may just be learning to walk and a “crawler” area for smaller babies. Activity tables and toys can also keep children busy while their parents sip on complimentary coffee, or adults can join in on the fun and enter the play place if they’d like.

“When it’s full in here, I love seeing all of those happy faces running around,” Jesica said. “I know all of the hard work has paid off when I see that.”

In addition to public playtime, the space can also be rented for private events like birthday parties or other gatherings, Jesica said, and once a week the playground hosts “Sensory Sunday” for children with autism. During Sensory Sunday, the playground is transformed into a quiet and calm space where children with autism can play without fear of overstimulation.

“An organization for children with autism reached out and gave us the idea,” Jesica said. “It’s very important to those families and I know they have been appreciative of it.”

Pricing for Kidz Time Indoor Playground is $5 for individual “crawlers” and $10 for individual children above the age of infant. For two children, the cost is $16, for three the cost is $21 and for four the cost is $24.

Name of business:
Kidz Time Indoor Playground

Type of business:
Indoor playground and party venue

Location:
809 W. Hawkeye Ave., Turlock

Hours:
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Contact information:
209-330-9933

Specialty:
Temperature controlled playtime