Power of Play in Wilmington NC

Children's play center in Wilmington NC As you can see from the images above and below, Power of Play is more than just an indoor playground for kids, it’s a fun zone full of toys and detailed areas designed for imaginative play. Kids love it. Enough said. But what you may not have considered is how much you’ll love it too!
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5 Reasons You’re Going to LOVE Power of Play as Much as Your Kids Do

  1. They offer open play 7 days a week!
    Are the kids tearing up the inside of your house? It doesn’t matter what day it is, Power of Play is open (with exception of some major holidays–check their site)! Let the kids run, slide, play and go wild–meanwhile enjoy the fact that your house won’t look like a tornado tore through it.
  2. You can drop your kids off!
    Need some “me” time? Go ahead and drop those kiddies off ! Let them have a blast at Power of Play while you go get your sanity back. Check out the Drop-n-Go details here!
  3. Power of Play is an awesome birthday venue!
    Save yourself a lot of work and gain some popularity for your kid at the same time! A birthday party at Power of Play includes two large scale jungle gyms, PlayNation play sets, climbing walls, tire swings, trike track, see-saws and multiple imagination stations! Plus, they offer Birthday Party Packages that include a party host, drinks and food options.  Check out their birthday party info here!
  4. There is a snack bar! 
    Don’t worry about packing tons of food and snacks! Power of Play has lunch and snack time under control! They’ll order Papa Johns pizza and have it delivered right to you so you don’t have to fuss with getting the kids in and out of the car more than necessary. Their snack bar also offers a variety of drinks including juice boxes, Tum-E Yummies, water, apple juice, chocolate and strawberry milk. You can also pick from a variety of snacks including goldfish, chips, Nutella, Ritz Crackers, fruit snacks, muffins and more.
  5. They have a Melissa & Doug toy shop!
    Need to do some toy shopping for a kids birthday coming up? Shop while your kids play! Melissa & Doug is a designer and manufacturer of high-quality toys. Shop a unique selection of puzzles, art kits, and games for children of all ages and skill levels.

lots of toys to play with at Power of Play

Jessica Daniel Owner of Power of Play in Wilmington NC

Jessica Daniel, Owner of Power of Play in Wilmington, NC

Power of Play owners, Armand and Jessica Daniel, moved to Wilmington in 2002 and opened Playnation of Wilmington some years later. In 2011, Playnation merged with Power of Play to create the fantastic family-serving business you see today.  Power of Play has been open since 2004, and has evolved to include more active play with indoor swing sets, slides, see-saws and more! The Playnation of Wilmington side of their business offers quality-crafted swing sets and installation, accessories, playground turf, putting greens and synthetic turf options.  They offer their services to residential and commercial applications!

trike track and costume castle at Power of Play
Power of Play is located at:
Wilmington, NC 28411
Phone: 910-332-1660
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-3pm open play during traditional school calendar (10am-6pm for after school and drop in care), Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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