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“Close your eyes and picture a kid’s ideal place to play. Does it have places to climb? Spots to jump without getting hurt? Slides? Caves? A rope course?

If your kid’s utopia includes any – or all – of those things, it’s a safe bet they’re going to love Funtopia, Glenview’s newest indoor play place.

As the pictures make clear, Funtopia gives a whole new meaning to the words “climbing gym.” Gone are the boring faux-rock walls, replaced by a beanstalk, dinosaur skeleton, tire ladder and more. My nephews were big fans of the huge spider web cargo net (although it gave me traumatizing flashbacks to elementary gym class), which they were allowed to climb in tandem. They also spent a remarkable amount of time building – and jumping off – their own “walls” made up of large, brightly colored bricks. The “fun walls” are the heart of Funtopia, and provide some enjoyable exercise, especially for competitive or challenge-oriented kids.

There are also add-ons for the more adventurous at heart: the free drop slide (basically designed for fun Instagram videos) and the 20-foot jump. Older kids (48” and up) will also enjoy the Rope Course challenge, which lets them navigate sliding platforms, wobbly logs and swinging tires. …”