7,700 sq.-ft. indoor playground, OutSlide In, opening at Citadel Mall

Citadel Mall (File, WCIV)

Efforts to revamp the Citadel Mall into a destination for families continue. Mall officials announced Thursday plans to open OutSlide In, a new 7,700 sq.-ft. indoor playground.

The playground will be located in the Belk wing of the shopping center. It will offer multiple play activities and birthday party rooms for kids and families, mall representatives say.

The play areas will be divided into spots for toddlers (0-3 years), preschool and elementary-age children (3-8 years) and older children (8-12 years), according to a news release the mall provided.

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Among the attractions will be a "soft play" structure with slides, climbing obstacles, tunnels and bridges, as well as a 'mini city' designed to inspire "imagination play" for younger children, the mall says.

Developers Daniel and Jena Favors plan to use rotating themes at the playground to keep it "fresh and exciting" throughout the year, according to a press release.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Citadel Mall and offering an exciting new recreational space for local and traveling families," Jena Favors said in Thursday's news release. "As parents ourselves, we saw an opportunity to improve the indoor play experience, and continuously build upon it.

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Three party rooms will be available to rent for special occasions, the Favors say.

There also will be a café and lounge area with free wi-fi, coffee, drinks and snacks, allowing parents so they can relax while watching their kids, according to the Favors.

OutSlide In plans to open late Spring 2018.

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"We are excited to add Daniel and Jena's OutSlide In concept as a perfect complement to our mission of creating a place where people want to come for the experiences they can't get online," says Richard Davis, Managing Partner. "This fits in perfectly with the vision of our world class youth travel sports facility we will be breaking ground on in 2018. This concept, along with the newly opened FlipGym, are the perfect start to our transformation of this property."

FlipGym recently opened in an 11,000 sq.-ft. space next to Dillard's.

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