The first thing Fannie Zhong noticed when she visited Yellowknife was how many children were in town. The second thing she noticed was that they didn't have an indoor playground.
Now, after six months living in Yellowknife, Zhong is filling this gap with the creation of My World. The indoor playground will be housed at Old Airport Road's Diamond Field Industrial Plaza. The plaza already hosts the Bella Dance Academy, a popular spot for dancers of all ages.
Right now, Zhong said, she and her husband – and business partner Eric Liu – are in planning mode. They want to keep the exact design of the playground secret until December 1. What she can say is the space will be equipped with slides and play tools.
"There will be equipment like slides and many projectors," she said. "I will put some ocean pictures on the floor, and kids can see many fish running on the floor, and they can use tools to catch the fish. That's just one example."
It doesn't look like much, but soon this room will be transformed into a children's indoor playground. Emelie Peacock/Cabin Radio
Parents will be able to bring their child for a two-hour play session for $30. Zhong and Liu hope to open before Christmas, she said.
A similar style playground is located in Richmond, said Zhong.
A former art teacher who says she loves children, Zhong comes to her new business with experience managing her family's shipping management company.