Makutu's Island play place reopens


by Tami Hoey

Video report by Heidi Goitia

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 12:52 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Ready, set, play! After closing its doors for major renovations, a popular indoor play place in Chandler has now reopened.

Makutu's Island is back in business and under new ownership. The company had its soft opening last weekend, and plans a formal grand reopening in August.

More than a half a million dollars was invested in new features and safety upgrades to the 20,000-square-foot attraction, located on Ray Road just east of I-10 in Chandler,

A husband and wife team purchased the center, adding safety features, hiring 40 new employees, and sprucing up the attractions.

"We did a lot of remodeling," says owner Kiran Vedantam. "We added a lot of new safety features. We added new netting for the kids, so that everybody's safe. We have also remodeled the kitchen."

There are four main play areas, including a 25-foot oak tree filled with tunnels, tubes, mole-holes and slides.

There's also a new bungee jump attraction that kids are loving!  "It's a bungee that lets kids go 25 feet up in the air," he says. "That is our biggest attraction so far."

In addition to Makutu’s main four play areas, the island also offers its smaller guests a special toddlers area. Oscar’s Lagoon is a slower placed environment.  In the Lagoon, toddlers will enjoy three small slides and soft foam blocks.

Kids can also play in The Inferno -- a fiery volcano that is home to the island’s video arcade. You can also check out shows and presentations at the Jungle Jamboree Theatre which is home to storytelling, crafts and educational venues.

The theatre is currently featuring, “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” a hands-on discovery into Polynesian music and island dancing.

When the kiddos get hungry, The Under the Sea Café, provides a full menu with many family favorites, all within a undersea-themed  environment.

Makutu’s Island has six private party rooms. Parties include one hour of play and one hour in a private party room.

Makutu's Island Information:

6919 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226

$10 per child, plus tax
FREE for Adult with a child
$5 for additional adult, plus tax