IT’S A PLAY­FUL PLACE TO BE

North Amer­ica’s first at­trac­tion based on the pop­u­lar “Peppa Pig” tele­vi­sion se­ries for chil­dren will open in North Texas in Fe­bru­ary.

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY CARLA JIMENEZ [email protected]­gram.com

If you have a kid who’s ob­sessed with the “Peppa Pig” tele­vi­sion show, you might want to mark your cal­en­dar.

The very first Peppa Pig World of Play in the United States will be open­ing at Grapevine Mills Mall in Fe­bru­ary in a 14,000 square-foot space ded­i­cated to the world of Peppa Pig. There are 14 ar­eas in­side the world of play, and each is de­signed ex­actly like a place in the show: there’s Peppa Pig’s house, there’s a su­per­mar­ket, there’s even muddy pud­dles. The at­trac­tion is de­signed to bring chil­dren in­side Peppa’s world, so they can in­ter­act with her and her friends.

For those un­aware of Peppa Pig, you’ve prob­a­bly seen her — she’s the British, an­i­mated pig with a head shaped like a whis­tle. And de­spite be­ing from Eng­land, she’s some­thing of a celebrity for young chil­dren.

And she some­times has her funny mo­ments for adults.

Con­struc­tion for the Peppa Pig World of Play started in July of last year. The in­door at­trac­tion is op­er­ated by Mer­lin En­ter­tain­ments, which also op­er­ates the Le­goland Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter and the Sea Life Grapevine Aquar­ium, both of which al­ready re­side in Grapevine Mills.

In fact, that was part of the rea­son Mer­lin chose to open the first U.S. Peppa Pig World of Play in Grapevine.

“(Le­goland and Sea Life) do ab­so­lutely amaz­ing there, and we have a great re­la­tion­ship with the city of Grapevine,” Ty­rone Carl­ton, the at­trac­tion man­ager. “We thought the first one should def­i­nitely be here in the DFW metro­plex.”

The at­trac­tion is geared to­ward chil­dren 8 and un­der. The space will be avail­able for birth­days, and it will also have a gift shop with Peppa Pigth­emed mer­chan­dise. Ad­mis­sion will be $20 for chil­dren and $5 or $10 for adults, de­pend­ing on the time of year. Carla Jimenez: 817-390-7330, @car­lam_jimenez

Cour­tesy

Peppa Pig World of Play will open in Grapevine Mills Mall in Fe­bru­ary. The in­door at­trac­tion will be 14,000 square feet with dif­fer­ent ar­eas from the TV show.

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