After asking if we could have permission to take pictures of the children's play area, we were given an escorted tour with a very helpful lady who was able to sufficiently answer all of my questions.
|security locked door - green button on wall opens door|
(as always, click images to enlarge)
When you bring your potty-trained children (able to use the washroom completely by themselves) to Småland, they enter through a double lockdown door system. That means when one door is open, another door cannot open at the same time. This ensures that a miniature escape artist has a really hard time getting out on their own. If Mom drops off a child, Mom must pick that child up. This ensures that children only leave when secure. The child is then given a numbered smock/bib which must be worn the entire time in Småland. Each smock/bib has a security tag on it which will sound off an alarm should the child leave the area.
|numbered and tagged for security|
|bins for coats/shoes and washroom entrance|
There are size restrictions in the play area. The ball pit is only for the smaller children, this means that they won't get squashed by an exuberant older child.
|Winnipeg's ballroom holds 15,000 balls|
There is a TV (in the cloud) that plays children's shows facing a great seating area filled with plush pillows.
There is a large general area for play, with large play structures and even a play kitchen. Children won't be bored here, and Mom won't need to worry either.
In case you have littles that aren't potty-trained or not willing to leave your sight, then there are also small play stop areas throughout the store to keep them busy.
Finally, there are great children friendly features in the IKEA Restaurant & Café. Play area, high chairs, plastic cutlery and microwaves for bottle warming etc. A family friendly place to shop!
In case you're curious about other IKEA standards and protocols etc., I found this document.