Huge storms made us change our plans on our 11th anniversary this week. We were headed to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, but seeing as how we couldn’t see a few feet in front of us, we made the mature choice to stop our driving and get off the highway. The girls were the ones who immediately okayed the switch because the rain was freaking them out too. We didn’t know about the Toronto flooding until later that day, but we drove through some huge puddles and flooded streets ourselves on our way to the mall.
Billy Beez is located upstairs by the food court. We never had much time in Niagara so it was never an option, but this was a something from nothing day and we knew we wanted our special day to be about the kids. After all, the culmination of our eleven years was the happiness that is our three little girls.
Since it was feeling like 30C upon wake up, the girls were in sandals and Adidas slides. We got socks and were excited to check out this playplace.
The cost is pricey, but worth the value and if we had something like this at our mall, you can be sure we would have a pass. Kids were about $16 with toddlers being $14. Adults were $4 for the first adult and $6 for the second. A 10 play pass is $130. They let us purchase a Family Pack for 4 at $40 and add the one adult. The price is Play All Day with re-entry so they scan you in and out. We left for lunch and came back.
This indoor venue is HUGE and with the greatest slides. Their structure interconnects with so many parts you can essentially travel from one end to the other of Billy Beez without touching the ground. They have amazing slides that you can go in with multiple people at the same time (side by side) including the Rainbow Slide and the Lava Slide. Their single person tube slides are SUPER fast and scary even for me! My toddler couldn’t do it alone so despite the rule (one slider at a time), my eldest had to hold her on her lap. Seriously, thrill seekers, you need to check this out
The toddler area was a bit small and I didn’t see the Beez reinforce rules. I’m sure the large plastic-coated foam shapes weren’t supposed to be sat on while kids went down the slide, but those parents probably should’ve said something. I was imagining the worst: kids flipping over the shape and twisting their necks. I couldn’t watch.
Their workers were quite friendly and eager to help. A parent pointed out to me a big wet spot that I nearly stepped in so I covered it with paper towel. My husband said that it could be pee and not water because he knew I would probably want to wipe it up. I grabbed a Bee and she quickly handled the situation with a smile.
One thing lacking was the snack area. Their cold section of the display was empty and not stocked with fruit cups and sandwiches as I imagined. They only had pizza to serve that day and some drinks. Perhaps their location to the food court is why they knew people would be fine if they didn’t provide a lot of food options. My husband just wanted a coffee.
We spent two hours playing there and honestly, if I had a book, the girls would’ve hung out all day. For a rainy day event, this was wonderful!