Moga Mania: Active living for children area

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The owners of Moga Mania, Ashley and Ovi Moga, are excited to have been able to reopen their business in February after two years of closure and multiple starts and stops in 2021/2022.

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At the beginning of the pandemic, this business, like many others, had to shut its doors. Moga Mania had opened in September of 2019, and area children and parents had begun to enjoy the indoor playground and all of its activities. With the restrictions lifted, Moga Mania is having a great start, picking up where they left off with more improvements and bookings.

Recently, the Mogas initiated a Tot Time pop-up on April 11 and 13 from 9 am to noon. This event was greeted eagerly by the attending children and parents.

Ashley said, “The minute I announced it (Tot Time), I was surprised at the demand and positive response from the community. It was very well received. A lot of first time moms were eager to socialize their children. ”

Patrons can look forward to their children having access to a multi-level framework, fully sided for safety with mesh. In this structure are tunnels, climbing features, swings and much more. As well, available for playing are air hockey, games and floor toys. Adults have not been forgotten, there is a comfortable seating area adjacent to a floor play area, and tables and chairs at Café Moga, all with excellent views of the playground, well lit and attractive.

Neighboring business, A Little Bit of Everything, donated an Easter gift basket for the winner of a coloring contest hosted by Moga Mania. Included in the prize was a variety of chocolates, bubbles, toys and candy. Everyone was encouraged to drop by Moga Mania to pick up a coloring contest sheet and to submit it by April 13.

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At the same time as the contest submission was the opportunity to join in on the Tot Time. Ashley shared that they love doing business with A Little Bit of Everything, and to place your order with the store for an Easter basket.

The Mogas both work as nurses, have three children and are residents of Espanola. They were looking for a business opportunity that would allow them time to be with their children and would benefit youngsters in Spain. After visiting indoor playgrounds and doing their research the couple decided to open Moga Mania. The business accommodates up to 50 children and a total capacity of up to 150, including children.

The cost of entry for one child also allows one adult to enter free, if two adults want to go in with one child, there is a minimal fee for the additional person.

Since its reopening, the location has been busy. They are booking birthdays and other celebrations. You can reserve a three-hour time slot for use of the playground and party room, complete with party themes such as Peppa Pig, Jurassic Park, zombies, Frozen, Batman and almost anything else in which your child is interested. Available party packages are basic, extra, deluxe, and laser tag. Laser tag parties are a big favorite with added inflatable structures and glow-in-the-dark features, some adults have expressed interest, but it is still in the consideration stage.

Of note to caregivers to special needs children, a low sensory time is available. This would include lowered lighting, a quiet relaxed atmosphere and a reduced limit of spots. Further to accessibility, there are many activities available for children of limited mobility and caregivers are welcome to accompany their child onto the other levels. Since reopening, bookings have been brisk with social bubble birthdays, daycare and school classes. Currently, there are no drop-in times available until May when Moga Mania will be fully open to drop-in weekend playtimes. To reserve a spot contact Moga Mania at 705-936-6642 or message them on Facebook.

Photo by Jacqueline RivetOwner Ashley Moga (left) and employee Serena Golden sit inside a cubby hole beside the bouncy ball pit.  Some of the activities at Moga Mania include slides, climbing and bouncing features.  All are designed to encourage children to have fun while becoming physically active.
Photo by Jacqueline RivetOwner Ashley Moga (left) and employee Serena Golden sit inside a cubby hole beside the bouncy ball pit. Some of the activities at Moga Mania include slides, climbing and bouncing features. All are designed to encourage children to have fun while becoming physically active.

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