Indoor playground spurs childhood delight

by Kyle Mandapat
Stripes Guam

Getting physical just got sweeter for kids since the opening of Lollipop Playground in the Micronesia Mall late last year.

Lollipop is an indoor playground and is located on the second floor of the Macy's Children wing of the shopping center, just around the corner from the food court.

According to Lollipop's Mallary Ferrer, kids have tons of fun when enjoying the many different sections of the playground.

“The kids absolutely love the ball pit, the zip line, the trampoline and the giant slide,” recalls Ferrer.

Ferrer says that the playground is open to both children and adults who pay the entrance fee and meet a few other admission requirements.

“It is at least four dollars for a half hour of play, and everyone needs to be wearing socks while on the playground,” she explained. She also noted that adult supervision of each child is required at all times.

When coming to Lollipop, the first step is to check in with the front attendant and to make payment. Once that is done, you have total access to the equipment.

Seven year old Athena Blas was getting her face painted while spending time at Lollipop with her parents and was having a ball. “Playing on the [equipment] is really fun, my favorite part is sliding down the big slide,” exclaimed Blas.

Janice Wagner is happy that her kids have something to look forward to while shopping with her now.

“Honestly speaking, I like that now my kids have something to look forward to while they are out running errands with me,” said Wagner. “This is a fun thing for them to do after helping Mommy take care of some stuff.”

Wagner thinks that the opening of Lollipop is a sign of the times.

“This just goes to show how people's priorities are changing. We want our kids to be more active,” adds Wagner. “I don't want my kids' faces glued to the TV and this is a safe and fun alternative.”

Amy Clemente agrees.

“This is my son's first time here, and he's enjoying it,” said Clemente. “It seems to be really fun for him.”

For Gerald Castillo it all comes down to one thing, economics.

“Now a days, there are not a lot of things you can do for fun with your kids that doesn't cost you a lot of money,” explained Castillo. “The rates here are affordable, and the kids have fun.”

The main structure in Lollipop features two levels of activities, including two ball pits, a soft stair case to climb, the giant slide, zip line, and trampoline.

There are also other loose pieces around the main structure including a kitchen playset, several toy houses and more.

Lollipop Playground is open Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Sunday. New admissions are not allowed 30 minutes prior to closing.

For more information, call 632-1001 or visit

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