Chelsea Treehouse’s New Location Review

This fall Chelsea Treehouse moved to a new location and reopened on Wednesday November 23, 2011. The new location is more convenient from Ann Arbor as it is closer to I-94, although it lacks the charm of being in downtown Chelsea.

I had purchased the Groupon deal in November for 5 Treehouse passes. It was due to expire January 31, 2012. Upon arrival I discovered that the Groupons have been extended until February 11, 2012. The expiration was extended since they re-opened a few weeks later than they originally planned.

from TheChelseaTreehouse.com

We had not been to Chelsea Treehouse since 2008, so I don’t have a great memory of the details. Much of the structure is unchanged. They have added a ball room with basketball hoops, a goal area and lots of balls. The slides are very fast with many of the kids flying off the ends. There were quite a few adults on the play structure with their kids. I don’t typically see this many adults on a play structure, so it must be fairly easy for the adults to navigate. The little kids area was pretty small with a few toys and blocks made of gym mats. It is great for 1 and 2 year olds. The small play structure at Jungle Java provides a more active play area for the 2 and 3 year olds.

The Chelsea Treehouse was packed when we arrived. We came after the end of morning kindergarten and my children were not the oldest in attendance. There must be a few schools in the area that have already been released for the holidays (or kids from other areas visiting family).

The food was fair. My daughter opted for the “dinosaur” chicken nuggets and commented that they were actually Mickey Mouse shaped. Her friend had the hot dog. The kids meals just came with the sandwich for $3. The drink and any sides were priced separately. Compared to Jungle Java whose kids meals include a drink and a side, $3 seemed expensive for what you received. I added a Pu-Pu platter with fruit ($5), two chocolate milks, a soda, and a taco salad for me. My taco salad was fine, but nothing special. I was disappointed that the tortillas strips seemed to be Doritos as opposed to tortilla strips. I don’t typically care for Doritos, so this was a disappointment. The sodas included free refills. Next time, I might plan to have lunch before we go and only purchase snacks.

Finally, the WiFi. I came prepared to do work on my laptop. They have WiFi and I was able to connect to their network, but was not able to get an internet connection. I did not inquire as to the status of the internet connection. I think the problem may have been with my laptop as I had trouble connecting when I returned home again. Instead of posting blog posts, I wrote them offline and will post when I get home. They do offer a lot of comfortable love seats and arm chairs. Definitely a more comfortable environment than tables. My daughter and her friend were content eating on the floor at the coffee table in front of the sofa I was on rather than at a table.

Personally, I don’t feel that the Chelsea Treehouse is very different from Jungle Java which is local to Ann Arbor. For us, I don’t feel it is worth the longer drive without the Groupon. However, if you have younger children who will want you to accompany them up the play structure it may be worth the drive.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I purchased the Groupon when it was available in November. All opinions are 100% mine.

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