If you’re a parent to a cartoon-loving kid, you’re likely well acquainted with the oinktastic adventures of Peppa Pig. This week, the star swine of the long-running British TV show (which first debuted in 2004!) opened her first U.S. home at Grapevine Mills Shopping Center. We got a look at the indoor play space before its official opening – read on for our many reasons why your family can’t miss Peppa Pig World of Play.
Jumping off the screen and joining Peppa at her second-ever indoor experience (one other World of Play is located in Shanghai, meaning that North Texans are enjoying pretty exclusive access to the beloved Brit boar!) are Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, Miss Rabbit and the whole gang. The 14,000-square-foot experience offers 14 unique play zones—nine are wheelchair-accessible areas—based off of popular settings from the show, including Danny Dog’s garage, Mr. Zebra’s post van, Miss Rabbit’s taxi and Peppa’s own home, treehouse and family car. Oh, and of course, mud puddles.
When you first enter World of Play, you and the kiddos will take a “ride” on a bus with Miss Rabbit—she’s the one who will guide you into Peppa’s neck of the woods. After a few rounds of sing-alongs and play-alongs, you get off the bus and pass through a photo-op area where your family can pose with the posse before embarking on your oinktastic good time.
The 14 play areas vividly bring to life different scenes and settings from episodes of the animated show. Roll by Danny Dog’s garage, where your kids can ride tricycles through a car wash (don’t fret Mom, no real suds included) or fill up at the gas station. Munchkins will love to crawl through an obstacle course at Rebecca Rabbit’s Underground Adventure. If they still have some excess energy to burn off, head to Peppa’s treehouse and George’s fort for some playground games and make sure to check out George’s Dinosaur Discovery—made especially plushy for the most excitable of littles.
Kids with more sensory sensitivities will love joining Granny Pig to explore the sensory garden, which is outfitted with different textures to touch and feel—finally, a place where they are supposed to touch everything! From the soft turf-like material on the car wash to the long carpet “hay” in the hen house, your little ones will enjoy feeling different textures all around them.
Of course, these imaginative zones are no matches to the real crowd pleaser (and Peppa’s favorite): the Muddy Puddles. Kids can jump around on the “mud” carpet with the whole Pig family on screen in front of them—as your littles bounce, Peppa and crew bounce along too!
Joining the thrills of activity and sensory zones, Peppa’s World of Play features multiple puzzles to engage kids to use their brainpower. (At the preview, kids gravitated to the Sensory Garden’s moveable puzzles and the larger-than-life sorting game at Mr. Zebra’s Post Van).
Need a break? Snag a beanbag chair in the wheelchair-accessible Theater and enjoy free screenings of (what else?) Peppa Pig the show, or refuel at the Campervan picnic-style café.
We advise that Mom and Dad pack a day’s worth of gear before visiting Peppa’s home in Grapevine Mills. There is simply so much to do for kiddos that your family will easily spend the whole day there. (Not to mention the many other family-friendly amenities in the mall such as LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium!)
When the time eventually comes to call it a day for the World of Play, make a pit stop in the gift shop—there is plenty of Peppa Pig merchandise to keep your children as happy and cheerful as the little piggy herself.