Ashleigh Hill longed for a gathering place where her two daughters could play freely as she catches up with her mom friends over a cup of coffee. Over the last few years, Hill, of Hatfield, visited a few kid-friendly indoor play spots, but none were exactly what she had in mind.

So, she created her own 13,000-square-foot “imagination-based” play area for kids ranging from crawling infants up to 10 years old. She held a grand opening recently for The Barn Yard, her Collegeville-based idea-turned-business and has sold out of daily play passes most days since.

“It was born out of us not wanting to chase the kids all the time,” Hill said. “We focused more on making it as relaxing as it can be with kids while still watching them.”