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A McDonald's PlayPlace with the 1996 eyebrow exterior design.

McDonald's Playplace (also known as McPlayPlace for short) is an indoor or outdoor playground for children ages 3-9. It was located inside most McDonald's restaurants around the world until 2020, when all PlayPlaces in restaurants located in the United States were closed due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining PlayPlaces reopened after COVID-19, however, only for most of them to be either removed or innovated.


The first PlayPlace with the familiar crawl-tube design with ball pits and slides was introduced in 1987 in the USA, with many more being constructed soon after. They were found in restaurants located in suburban areas, some big cities and several small towns.

Most PlayPlaces used to feature McDonaldland characters, who could be found inside some games in the tubes, as background characters in some areas, or on seats for a children's birthday party. In some PlayPlaces, a video game area could be found and varied from classic console systems such as Nintendo (Nintendo 64 or GameCube), PlayStation, and Xbox (especially the one in Metro restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland, which used to be McDonald's from its opening in 1993 until 2009, but the screen has since malfunctioned, making it broken and out-of-order). Ronald benches were also be found in select McDonald's PlayPlaces.

As of 2011, the indoor McDonald's PlayPlaces updated their play structures to better and safer play equipment with safe steps and slides. Most of them also removed the controversial spider climbers, also known as the "swinging pendulums of death". They now also have new modern touch screen kids games, but they are only for the indoor McDonald's PlayPlaces. See the examples of the new style McDonald's PlayPlaces here.