We had a great trip to Orlando to see the IAAPA convention. There are so many exhibitors there it can be overwhelming, but we did a good job of finding the vendors we wanted to talk to about our new place. This convention has everything you could imagine for an entertainment center; bull rides, soft play elements, translucent merry-go-rounds, roller coaster cars, the latest video games, and of course, people who build houses and towns just like we will have in our new play center! We were so excited to see the little play houses in person and picturing our little friends enjoying them. We really can’t wait to get the new place up and running but there is so much to do before then.
This was a grocery store idea from one company. It’s about 2x larger than they normally build, but it’s great for show. Judging by the Keureg machine, I think they were actually using it as a small office during the show too.
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While we will be closed for play, you can still come and get your piece of IA.
All this week you can come in and claim your piece of Imagination Avenue! I will be there from 11am to 3pm to sell everything off “Yard Sale” style.
We still have a lot of Melissa & Doug and Little Adventures toys as well in our merchandise area to sell at 45% off!!!
It is with both sadness and excitement that we are making this announcement that Imagination Avenue will be closing its doors on Monday, November 9th. While we really enjoy being a part of this community, it’s time for us to start the next iteration of Imagination Avenue in a new location.
3 years ago, we bought Imagination Avenue and became the 5th owners of this wonderful play center. Over that time we’ve gotten to know many of you and watched your children grow over the years. We’ve watched kids go from crawling up the stairs to the Space Center, to running through the town playing tag with new friends they’ve made. Moms with a bump return with children that now know us by name. Some have even sang their own songs about Imagination Avenue.
We’ve enjoyed being a part of the community so much and would like to think that we’ve made Imagination Avenue an experience that your children will remember fondly. However, the efforts we’ve made to make Imagination Avenue a special place has not been without its challenges. After meeting with a consultant, we’ve determined that because our lease ends this month, the best course of action would be to close this location and re-open in a new one.
We would like to thank each of you for supporting Imagination Avenue and trusting us with your business. We’ve enjoyed the friendships we’ve made there and watching your little ones grow over the years. Our hope is that we will see you again in our new location once we have it opened.
If you would like to keep track of our progress with the new location, we will be posting updates to our website and Facebook.