Let me start out by saying that I don’t work at Kid Station, and they are not paying me to write this. Based on how gushy I’m guessing this review is going to come out some people may think just that. I’m also going to use photos from their Facebook page, since I can’t seem to find time to take photos when I’m there!
We don’t have family in town, and our kids are not old enough to be home alone, so if my husband and I want to do something together this is our option – and it’s a good one. You pay $10/year to register your family and fill out some forms. Once that’s done you can just show up, or call ahead to reserve a spot (which is wise to do if you’re going during a peak time – especially around holidays). They care for kids ages 12 months to 10 years. Drop off one kid and it’s $9/hour, two kids are $11.50/hour, three kids or more are $14/hour. There is no minimum stay and they do offer discounts. You can pre-pay and get up to 20% off, and in the past year they have twice offered 50% off, so if you’re a frequent customer like we are these discounts can help a lot.
You can’t just walk into Kid Station, you have to be buzzed in, and once you’re inside there is a half-door and a reception area between you and the kids. Employees are scattered through the area and wear Kid Station t-shirts, so it’s easy to know who is in charge. Once you log into the computer and register your kids (enter an estimated pick-up time and provide the number of the cubby where you’re storing their shoes, etc.) the name badges get printed off, slap them on your kids and they are off – and I do mean that – they GO!
The area near the door has a large climbing structure with a train to play in and a slide, plus a train they can ride and an air hockey table (that my husband and I really want to play with when we go there!).
Past the train is a toddler area that can be closed off with a half door. There is a changing area, lots of toys and a TV. If it’s busy they close the door to keep the big kids out.
Across from the toddler area there are several tables and cabinets. This is where the kids have snacks or meals (you can send a meal or have them buy one), do crafts, and play with various toys.
Lastly there is a good sized room with a Wii and bean bags, so there is space to relax and watch a movie or get up and jump around to a dance or other active game.
The employees are friendly and attentive, my kids leave happy, and my husband and I get to spend some adult time together.
579 Erin Drive
Memphis, TN 38117