A new way to get kids moving and playing is coming to Acadiana on June 22, after a local mom decided to start a business to give Acadiana kids a safe a fun place to play called Kid's World Indoor Play Arena.

Eboni Celestine, opening Kid's World with her husband, Jermaine Celestine, said she was inspired to open the indoor play area while watching "Blippi," an online children's educational video series, with her daughters, Nayla, 7, and Londyn, 3, and saw all different types of play areas from around the world. "Why don't we have one of those here in Lafayette?" she said.

"I thought this would be amazing if we would have one of these for our kids to be able to play on here in Lafayette. It would be safe and fun for kids. So that's when my husband and I started doing research and working on this, but we didn't really get started until one day on the way to Texas he came up with the name and we just had to go for it," Eboni Celestine said.

Kid's World Indoor Play Arena, to open at 110 Production Drive, Suite 109, will have padded floors, a two-story, 1,700-square-feet play area with a ball pit, four slides, swings and a ball blaster on the second level that can shoot balls down to the ball pit. It will also be reinforced enough that parents weighing 250 pounds or less will be able to play on the equipment with their children. There will also be a second, smaller area for toddlers to play. It will be walled off to protect the younger children from being trampled by the bigger kids.

Eboni Celestine said another inspiration for her was that she grew up in the era of Discovery Zone and that some of her fondest memories were playing at the now defunct chain of play places that declared bankruptcy in 1998.  

The play arena will also have an eating area where parents can buy food sold on site. They will have Hunt's Brother's pizza and wings, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, Dippin' Dots ice cream and different flavors of lemonade. There are also two party rooms, one that can fit around 10 people and another that can fit 30-40 people.

Eboni Celestine said that because she's a social worker by trade and would want the same protections for her kids, along with the eating area being in easy view of the play area and padded floors, the windows looking into the play area will be covered by curtains.

"I definitely wanted to protect the privacy of our children and provide a safe environment for them. I wanted parents to be able to come here with their kids and just relax and not have to worry about their children's safety," Eboni Celestine. "We are not a drop-off facility at this point, but at some point we plan to offer summer camps where you can plan a drop off, but at this time a parent or guardian has to stay with their kids."

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