By Michelle Talsma Everson

Damian and Carly Bass have four boys, so they know what it’s like to need a safe place where kids can get their wiggles out while adults take a breather.

This is why the local couple plan to open a Luv 2 Play location at The Shops at Norterra.
The family-friendly indoor playground and entertainment center will open its doors to customers later this month, or in early November, Damian Bass says. The new business has been in the works for a couple of years, but was recently put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Norterra Luv 2 Play locale will cater to children from babies through age 12. It will feature: a large toddler play structure, a large play structure for older children, 25 arcade games where players can earn prizes, a full kitchen, and party rooms.

“It’s all indoors and air conditioned,” Bass says. “It’s a great place for the kids to have some fun while the parents have coffee and use the WiFi.”

Bass says that, while pricing is still in the works, only the children pay—parents and caregivers will be free to come in and participate. He notes that admission will be affordable for families. He is particularly excited about the ability to have birthday parties of all sizes—and local families can even rent the entire facility out for private events.

With COVID-19 precautions still a concern now and into the future, Bass shares that they will use all of the recommended safety precautions necessary. This includes requiring masks, limiting the number of people in the space, heightened cleaning protocols, and encouraging social distancing.

“The Shops at Norterra are located in a quickly growing part of the Valley and we’re happy to keep up with that growth,” says YAM Properties Director of Real Estate Dan Dahl. “Luv 2 Play brings a another family-friendly element to the open air lifestyle and shopping center.”

To keep updated on the exact opening date and Luv 2 Play’s progress as the finishing touches are added, follow them on Facebook @luv2playnorterra.