Makutu’s (Ma-coo-two’s) Island, one of Arizona’s largest indoor play places, is a trip into fantasy and adventure for children of all ages and a perfect way to beat the Arizona heat. Designed with a tropical theme, Makutu’s is a lush, exciting indoor “island” with a roaring waterfall, towering trees, and mysterious caves.Makutu's Island Offers Polynesian Dancing for ChildrenPolynesian Dance Program for Kids Returns to Makutu's Island - Ahwatukee.comMakutu's Voted 20 Cool Indoor Places for Kids by the Arizona Republic
The centerpiece of Makutu’s Island is its 25-foot indoor old oak tree. Filled with tunnels, tubes, mole-holes, fire-poles and slides, the magnificent tree offers hours of fun and adventure. Around the tree’s perimeter, guests will find animals carved within its extensive roots and a comical three-animal totem pole. Within the majestic tree, the “banana” slide is a sure thrill as it starts 25 feet into the air and winds more than 35 feet around the outside of the tree to its base.
After exploring the tree, many of Makutu’s guests find themselves in one of the three adjoining play structures including the Blue Fantasy Tree, Pirates Cove and Palm Slide. Less rigorous than the old oak tree, these areas are perfect for the less-experienced island traveler and include tunnels, caves and a zip-line.
In addition to Makutu’s main four play areas, the island also offers its smaller guests a special toddlers area. Oscar’s Lagoon is a slower placed environment of Makutu’s smallest “castaways.” In the Lagoon, toddlers will enjoy three small slides and soft foam blocks.
Things start to heat up on Makutu’s Island within The Inferno -- a fiery volcano that is home to the island’s video arcade. Within The Inferno, children can try their luck on a selection of some of the “hottest” games available.
Makutu’s Island is also proud to offer the Jungle Jamboree Theatre which is home to storytelling, crafts and educational venues. The theatre is currently featuring, “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” a hands-on discovery into Polynesian music and island dancing. When it is time for lunch or a snack, The Under-the-Sea Café, provides a full menu with many family favorites, all within a fanciful undersea-themed environment.
Makutu’s Island is a perfect spot for birthdays and boasts six private party rooms. Personalized service and convenience are at the heart of having a birthday at Makutu’s Island. Guests are greeted at the front door and the party begins at The Party Pier. Parties include one hour of play and one hour in a private party room.
Makutu means “magic” in the Polynesian language of Maori -- the indigenous people of New Zealand. But in Arizona, Makutu is also a fun-loving jaguar cub and “king” of this mythical island of fun. Join Makutu and his friends: Kiki, the koala bear; Oscar, the crocodile ; and Captain Max, the parrot, for an island adventure sure to be remembered. Makutu’s Island is open every day, with extended summer hours.