Effective today Wednesday October 16 North Star Mall opened a new play area for young children up to five years old. The new Tot Lot is sponsored by Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and designed by Center Stage Productions. It is a safe area for children to play in and is open during regular mall hours.
Drought conditions in San Antonio led to water restrictions that resulted in the closure of the fountain in front of JC Penney. This led to an opportunity to create an educationally centered play area for children that includes bold primary colors, letters, numbers, shapes and interactive sounds.
The area consists of a Kids Clubhouse which can be accessed through a tunnel tube. There are also soft foam numbers and letters as well as brightly colored arches for children to crawl on or under. A musical ABC slide plays scales in ascending or descending order. There is even a theatre section with a flat screen television and beanbag chairs and soft bench seating.
Some of the interactive features include:
- A pathfinder pegs maze game
- A wavy “funhouse“ mirror
- The magic hands touch-activated image creator
- A bubble window
Children’s safety is a major concern and that includes carpeting to give them a soft landing and soft foam padding on the play areas that are specifically made for kids. More importantly each play pieces is coated with naturally antimicrobial urethanes to inhibit the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.
Where: North Star Mall
7400 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78216
Mall hours are 10a.m. to 9p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6p.m. on Sundays.
Source: Evie Reichel/EGR Communications