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Monkey Mountain Offers Both Play and Childcare

By Heather Stewart

August 30, 2013

Park City — Monkey Mountain started out as a fun place for parents to bring their children to play. Just two and a half years later, it’s still a fun place to play—but it now encompasses drop-off daycare services, summer camps, playschool and special events.

Monkey Mountain opened its doors in Park City in December 2010. It was created by owner Sarah Carter, who lives in Park City, and was disappointed with the opportunities for her young children to engage in active play.

“They were living in town and they had young twins,” said Jennifer Sinclair, operations/business manager for Monkey Mountain. “She realized there wasn’t much to do to keep kids active, particularly when the weather was bad.”

Monkey Mountain features a large, four-tier play structure with a slide, as well as big, colorful animals that children can climb and slide on. It also has a softer play area for toddlers and a parents’ lounge with free wi-fi and flat-screen televisions.

It is also a state-licensed childcare facility, so parents can drop off their children on an hourly basis. That alone makes it a unique venue in a state where hourly drop-off daycare is a rarity.

Sinclair said Monkey Mountain is a great fit for the Park City community, which boasts a variety of adult activities—shopping on Main Street or at the outlets, visiting the Olympic Park, skiing and other winter sports—that are not always appropriate for young children.

The company has developed relationships with local hotels and resorts in an effort to reach out to tourists and let them know drop-off childcare is available in Park City. “It also spreads by word of mouth,” said Sinclair. “Tourists come and find us, then they go home and tell their friends.”

Some local clients use Monkey Mountain as their primary childcare facility, said Sinclair. Its summer camps have become increasingly popular; each themed camp includes field trips or other outdoor adventures.

“We really pride ourselves on promoting active minds and bodies,” said Sinclair. Monkey Mountain incorporates structured activities, like arts and crafts, into the play each hour. “We do more than have kids mindlessly play.”

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