Fire Zone — The Perfect Play Space for Your Little Firefighter

So…let’s get real for a second. We have been to a LOT of play spaces. There might be one or two in the Chicagoland area that we haven’t visited, but that’s mainly because I didn’t hear rave reviews about it and because, after six years of parenting, I am totally burnt out on play spaces. That is, until I found a suburban gem that doesn’t JUST let my kids burn off their energy. You see, there is a play space staffed with kind, thoughtful, and patient firefighters that empower kids with fire safety skills so that they know what to do when something IS ACTUALLY BURNING. Like their clothes. Or our house. It’s basically a budding fire fighter’s dream…and it is just a short car ride away: The FireZone in Schaumburg.

Plan Ahead

First and foremost, I must note that the FireZone has a VERY limited open play schedule. So before you even mention anything about fire to your kiddos, be sure to thoroughly check when Fire Zone is open to the general public via their online calendar.

 

Once you have found a time that works for you, snatch up some of the great deals that are often offered on discount sites such as Groupon (check out this current deal). I guarantee that after you and your family enjoy a few hours playing together, you will be planning a birthday party at this unique venue—and there’s a Groupon for that, too!

What to Expect

As is usual at most play spaces, you will need to fill out a waiver before your kids can play. It is a bit time consuming and can be challenging if you have a grabby hand kiddo (there are toys for sale all over the main entrance), so fill out the waiver online before hand if possible. Also, be sure to pack socks and comfortable clothes since there are many opportunities for your little firefighter to climb, jump, slide, and race through the play space.

 

Before entering any of the play structures, I recommend that you and your kids head to the back of the FireZone to get geared up in hats and fire fighter coats so they can really get in on the role playing fun. After donning fire fighter gear, there is so much fun to choose from!

Highlights include:

  • Ambulance
  • Fire Truck
  • Fire Boat
  • Fire Pole
  • Climbing Structure
  • Firefighter learning stations

As a parent, one of my favorite parts about the FireZone is that it is a fire fighter owned and operated business and that these helpful folks lead mini sessions throughout open play that not only teach kids about heroic things firefighters do, but they also teach kids what they should do in the event of a fire. Clearly, the Fire Zone is a space not just for playing, but also for learning and exploring. After visiting one weekday afternoon, my family and I came up with a fire escape route plan and I am oh so grateful that they inspired us to create something that we never thought to do before.

 

And for those planning ahead, check out their winter break camps!

It is evident that the FireZone stands apart in terms of unique play spaces that encourage learning and exploration, but if you are looking for other great indoor play spaces, here are my recommendations.

 
Happy Playing!
Amanda
 
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Comments

  1. Tim B says

    This is such a great idea and really well done. The layout looks incredible! My kids would have loved to have visited this place when they were in its age range.

  2. Roch says

    Checking out the calendar should be the first move to anyone planning to visit. Groupon deals are always a huge bonus for those who are on a tight budget.

  3. Jeanette says

    I have been to a place in like this when my son was little. It is such a cute idea and I know the kids love it. My son did not want to leave when it was time to go because there was so much to do there.

  4. Claudia Krusch says

    I would love to be able to go to The FireZone in Schaumburg with my Son. I think it is fantastic to have a place where the kids can have fun and learn about fire safety.

    • Amanda says

      My kids learned so much and had such a great time. Makes the Fire Zone stand apart from all of the other play spaces that seem to be a dime a dozen.

  5. sara says

    This is such a cute playspace! When my oldest son was young we had a similar place near our house. My son loved to go there and play and he dreamed of being a firefighter because of it!

  6. adriana says

    Aww this looks like such a fun spot for kids to play! I love that they can also learn about something so important too – fire safety – while playing!

  7. Amy says

    Next time I am in the Chicago area, I am going to have to check this place out. It looks like so much fun. I grew up in Addison but live in NC now. Spent a lot of time with friends in Schaumburg!

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