Santa Claus unveiled a big present Friday morning at the Mall of Abilene; a new playground! KTXS was live as mall staff explained folks who vote on the theme will be entered to win a $300 mall gift card.
Everyone is welcome to vote on three potential themes; woodsie, jungle, or southwest.
The new play area will replace the existing soft play area in front of JC Penny.
The owners of the Mall of Abilene decided it was time the play area got a total makeover.
"The play area is old," said Laurie McAdams of the Mall of Abilene. "it gets used a lot. A lot. I mean, there will be any time of day, any day of the week, there are kiddos and families down there."
The layout and design of the area makes it an Abilene tot hot spot.
"It's one of the only indoor playgrounds that you can go to and it's a soft playground," McAdams said. "You've got the soft flooring, you've got the seating area where the parents can sit and watch the kids. It's sort of enclosed, so that way it's safe."
McAdams said another reason why the mall play area is so appealing is because it's in a controlled environment, making it a good play place option for hot or cold weather.
"It's a neat meeting place, it's a gathering place," she said.
McAdams said the new play area will be worth every penny of their investment.
"The decision on ownership's part to do this and invest in that in the long-term is a win-win for everybody," McAdams said. "For the community, for the mall, I mean, we're all in this together."
The best part of the deal is that the community gets a say in what the new area will look like.
"It's going to be a theme that the community picks," McAdams said.
The theme choices include Southwest, Woodsie or Jungle.
Voting will all take place online and went live Friday morning.
Here are the facts on how to vote:
All voting will take place on the mall's Facebook page.
You can vote once every 24 hours.
When you vote, you'll be entered to win a $300 mall gift card; if you refer a friend and they vote, you will receive two entries.
The winner of the gift card will be announced Dec. 20 and the mall will announce the winning theme on Christmas Eve.