A Wise Choice for Indoor Play

Note: We were very sad to learn Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center closed in June 2014. For more play spaces in the area, try Greenlight Studio in Portland or The Rumpus Room in Brunswick. 

There are several indoor play spaces popping up in Southern Maine these days, and we are thrilled by the prospects. Although, we must admit, we’re a little biased when it comes to the Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center in Westbrook. Our friend, Marina Waisman, is the co-owner, which makes us instant devotees, but it’s clear that this play space is a labor of love.

Who wouldn’t love painting in this cool craft area?

Waisman, who is also a young mother, found a bright, open space at the Dana Warp Mill and made it her own. Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center offers something for every child aged 0-5. There are several, thoughtfully designed activity rooms, which include dolls, dress up and construction play, plus an infant’s play space, kitchen and crafts area. Cute Potato #2, who is a conductor in the making, loved the Melissa & Dog train table, and his sister spent a lot of time scaling the Cedar Works playground.

The train table is perfect for wanna-be conductors.

There’s also plenty of seating for parents, and the generous space makes it easy to keep an eye on two active kiddos at once. Staff members are seated in various areas and are on hand to help. One staffer kindly pointed out the whereabouts of CP#2 while I was setting up lunch in the snack room (yes, they have that, too).

The kitchen play area has tea sets, play food, aprons and more fun accessories.

While the kids were busy playing, I was taking notes on all of the dreamy toys Peek-a-Boo offers. I spotted a wooden tree house play set from Melissa & Doug, Green Toys kitchen accessories, connecting butterflies from Hearth Song plus decorative mobiles from Land of Nod.

We stayed for a few hours and paid just $4.00 each, which is welcome price for families on a budget. And bonus! The center is open 7 days a week. Now, if only someone could open a coffee shop next door….

Want to win family passes to the Peek-A-Boo Children’s Center?
Tell us your favorite rainy day, family activity, and we’ll select two winners at random. Contest ends Friday, March 5. Winners will be announced, Sunday, March 7. Good luck!

The Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center
Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge Street
Suite 206, Westbrook

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  1. One of our favorite things to do on rainy days is to have an indoor picnic. We bring out the beach blankets and lay them out on the carpet and have lunch and watch a movie!

  2. Our favorite rainy day activity is getting out our little pop-up tent and setting it up in the living room. From there, the possibilities are endless! We can lie on our backs and look up at the “stars”, have a picnic, bring in our favorite blankies and have a sleepover, or frantically jump inside to hide from the big, scary bear (a.k.a. Daddy 🙂 ). For us, it’s making memories and just another opportunity to spend some quality time together during these baby and toddler-raising days that fly by way too quickly.

  3. We can’t wait to try this place, very exciting! Our favorite rainy day activity is to get all dressed up in our rain gear and head outside to play anyway! Mud pies, worms, dancing, splashing……..all fun!

  4. One of our favorite rainy day activities is to go to L.L. Bean. It’s free and the kids always seem to have fun. The fish, the clock, and now the new children’s department has a few fun things too.

  5. Our favorite rainy day activity is to build a fort with blankets and pillows. We take flashlights and books and read…9 times out of 10 the girls fall asleep on their sleeping bags…so much fun!!!

  6. I’m with Colleen – unless it’s truly horrible we brave the rain (with the weathershield on the BOB for my little one) and head outside to walk and play!

    And not for nothing but there IS a coffeeshop close to Peekaboo — the French Press Eatery, on Main Street. Delicious food, fresh made donuts… and a cute little area for kids. I work there but am not overly biased, I swear 😉

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      So glad you told us about the French Press Eatery. We can’t wait to check it out!

  7. We love it when it rains. My daughter likes to quickly get on her shoes, roll up her pants and run out side. She gets so excited being able to jump in the mud puddles, getting all wet. Once we get good and wet, we go inside, get into out jammies and make hot cocoa. Hot cocoa is her favorite. 🙂

  8. On rainy days we hunker down in the house, pull out some special toys that we tuck away for “rainy days” and get in some extra cuddles to keep warm.

  9. On rainy days we always bake something and have a tea party (tea for me, hot chocolate for them!).

    We LOVE the Peekaboo Center – such a welcome addition to Westbrook!

  10. Summer rain storms are our favorite, we got plenty last summer! We put our bathing suites on and dance in the rain, pretending are Fairies in a Secrete garden. Tons of fun and wards fear of storms.

  11. Our rainy day activity is scrapbooking! My daughter is only 17 months old and her idea of scrapbooking is going through all the photos and picking out all her grandparent’s faces and her auntie’s and uncle’s faces and repeating all their names over and over! Then she rearranges all the pictures and carries them around and brings them to her bedroom. She’ll even take the pictures with her to her big-girl bed and make me climb in there with her to read the photo faces her favorite bed time stories. I love her so much.

  12. My wee one is approaching two and he hates being cooped up on a rainy day. Some favorites he loves right now are playing “hide and seek tag” in the downstairs which is an open design with our staircase in the center. After expelling all that energy, we spread comfy blankets and soft pillows on the floor to have cuddle time and in inside picnic for snacks while we watch his favorite DVD- the best of Sesame Street 40th anniversary.

  13. Our favorite rainy-day activity depends on whether it is warm or cold. If it’s relatively warm and rainy, we are outside – mud puddles are the star attraction, followed by a long warm bath or a cup of cooca. If it’s cold and rainy (lots of those recently), we climb the ladder into our attic, where there is more open space to run around and special toys they don’t see every day – sometimes even the tricycle is there. If we just have to get out of the house, the Curtis Library in Brunswick has a great kids room and the Student Center at Bowdoin has lots of ramps and open space for exploring.

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