Kids Oasis, an Indoor Playground, May Be Coming to Downtown Stillwater

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An indoor kids playground is coming to downtown Stillwater.

The Stillwater Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a proposal by John and Kelly Daly to create Kids Oasis, an indoor playground and small events center, in the space at 120 South Main Street next door to their toy store Gammy and Gumpy’s.

The idea is to have walk-in and open playtime during the weekday and Saturday mornings and rental space during the afternoons and on Sundays.

“We need something like this in Stillwater,” John Daly said. “There’s no reason parents and families should have to leave Stillwater during the winter to have their kid’s party in Woodbury, Hudson or Oakdale.”

The idea is to build various town-themed building facades inside the Main Street space that house creative exploration, John said. The areas will include a play restaurant, grocery store, post office, zoo and train depot, allowing kids to pretend to cook, serve others, learn about different fields and use their imagination to encourage creative thinking and reasoning skills.

The various play areas will house a couple of inflatables that can hold 4-6 younger kids at a time. The back end of the space would have three spaces used to host events, parent meetup groups and birthday parties.

The Dalys plan to partner with local businesses like QuickFire Pizza, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop and Candyland for catering.

Kids Oasis will have open play time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Kids Oasis would be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The Dalys anticipate the majority of the Kids Oasis business to happen during the winter months, so parking won’t be an issue.

That said, the Parking Commission will take the proposal up this week.

“Stillwater is fortunate enough to have Teddy Bear Park,  the best outdoor park available for children under 8 years old,” John said. “This would compliment those same families that would visit the park on rainy days and during the colder winter months.”

If all goes well, the Dalys hope to open Kids Oasis in January.

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