Puzzles Fun Dome is located on Bluegrass Pkwy off of Blankenbaker just south of 64. We visited Puzzles on a rainy day looking for some indoor fun! My kids did have a lot of fun for several hours but I left having spent quite a bit more than if I would have gone to a comparable facility where they have hours of open play for just $5.
I paid $6.99 for each of my two children. My admission was free. We got there at 11am on a weekday, so the tickets were less expensive than if we had arrived after 2pm or went on a weekend (when they are $9.99). FYI: children under 1 are free and those between 1 and 2 years old are $5. We did not bring food as you are not allowed to bring your own food.
Right away, my children (2 and 4) ran off to explore. First, they headed for the bounce houses and slides. We played in these for a while and had a ton of fun. They had 2 bounce houses and 4 big slides. They also had a bouncy basketball court! Then, they went to the younger tot area where they have a climbing structure that has a slide as well as other toys for younger children. This area is gated off and has a bench for parents to sit while their kids play.
After playing in these two areas, my kids wanted to venture into the basketball court and mini-bowling area to check it out but these require paying extra fees so I kept them out of there. So, they headed to the arcade area where again, I denied their request for the coins and money that they needed to play the games but since they are young, they spent some time checking out all of the games even though we didn’t play them.
From there, we went to the counter labeled the Art Studio and I was disappointed. The website said they would have “fresh innovative activities” and all they had were copied coloring pages, crayons and markers. They did have scissors and water coloring sets but there was no little cups of water or supplies for actually painting or creating a craft. It did not keep my kids’ attention for long. Next to the Art Studio was the movie theater. This is a cute little theater where they were playing a Shrek movie tha
t day. You can pop in and relax for a while to take a break and my kids enjoyed that.
Before heading back to the play areas, we took a break for lunch. They have a concession area that sells standard lunch and dinner items like sandwiches, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, pizza, drinks, ice cream etc. We ordered one small pizza and one chicken nugget and tater tot kids meal that came with a drink (no free refills, that was an additional charge of 50 cents). It was right around $9. I chose not to order something for myself in order to save the money. The food took between 5 and 10 minutes to cook and then we went upstairs to eat at some picnic tables. The pizza and chicken meal were fine, my kids ate them but it was nothing spectacular. After lunch, we played some more in the bounce area and my son wanted to play mini-golf. Again, I denied his request since that would have been an extra $7 if they both played.
All in all, my kids did have a fun time at Puzzle Fun Dome for the 2.5 hours that we stayed there. However, it was costly for what we did and I pretty much went there for as cheap as I could. I went when the admission was the lowest ($14 for 2 kids) and ordered the minimum amount of food for my kids to eat, not even myself ($9) and I spent a good amount of energy saying “no” to all of the additional activities that would have ran our tab up to nearly $40 or more. They do have deals for games (like buy 2, get one free) sometimes and they have a family of four pass for $59.99 that’s good for 6 months (if you think you are going to go often). But, if you want to check it out, here’s my suggestion for being the most frugal: Eat lunch at home and head there at about 12:30-1pm. You will get in at the lower rate and not have to spend money for food! Or, better yet, let your kids earn their own money and save it up until they have around $25 and let them pay there own way for whatever they want to do or eat there.