Soft Playground Opens at Oakdale Mall

By Bill Webster

May 3, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Parents, you may NOT think twice about bringing your kids along the next time you want to go shopping.

This morning, The Oakdale Mall unveiled its new kids playground called "SOFT PLAY."

It's a play area for kids is gaining momentum in malls across the country.

The Oakdale Mall thought it would be a great idea to join in on the fun.

The play area is geared toward children ages 8 and under.

It's 42 inches tall.

"We know mothers come in and children get a little rambunctious, and they don't want to stay in the stroller, so this gives the mom a chance to come in let the kids run around then hopefully ready to do some more shopping," said Nancy Phillips, Marketing Director at the Oakdale Mall.

Constructing the playground took about 3 days, and was built with safe cushion pads.

Kids are required to take their shoes off while in the "Soft Play."