Necessity is the mother of invention ~ Plato
As the mother of two small children, I found myself in one dirty, plastic, and cold play park after the next. I tried the typical story hours and then watched my children roll and giggle hysterically on the floor while other children sat quietly on their parents’ laps.
I read other parents’ confessions about how they get through this wonderfully overwhelming stage of parenting on one blog page after the next. However, in person, it seemed that we had all glued on our “everything is fine” face and determined to trudge along.
That all changed in February 2016. After being stuck in the house for 5 DAYS during a storm that dumped 3 feet of snow at our doorsteps, I made my way to the mall and thanked the heavens that I could grab a cup of coffee and watch my babies play and jump and scream to their heart’s content…outside of my living room. It was sardine-packed with at least 20 other parents beaming with the same gratitude.
And then I thought, What if I could host a “meet up spot” for parents? A space that would cater to our toddler lifestyle while offering up fancy amenities (coffee, please!) that could care less if I was wearing yesterday’s clothing. You know, a place for us!”
From that day on, Play Date Junction set out to serve the educational and recreational needs of children while shamelessly providing parents with a comfortable environment to enjoy their children.
Here is how we unapologetically cater to our caregivers:
1. We support your parenting routines:
Are you potty training? No problem! We have reward boxes filled with stickers and other prizes so you can continue your celebration while hanging out at Play Date Junction. Are you working on listening and following directions? We have a basket with time out mats (move them wherever you would like) and calm down jars. We even offer a quiet reading and snuggle corner for when the stimulation becomes too overwhelming. We get it!
2. We understand that you are either starting or ditching a diet:
Play Date Junction provides a selection of healthy and child-friendly choices for snacks and/or meals. However, if you are ditching your diet for the day, we also offer rich, calorie-laden pastries to make the “slip” worth it. Your choice! We see the need for both!
3. Coffee is your REAL best friend:
Got it! We always have a pot of freshly brewed coffee waiting for you. Our coffee bar offers plenty of creamer and coffee syrup choices. Oh, we have tea service as well. Indulge!
4. We understand that you want options for feeding/nursing your little one:
Play Date Junction is a pro-nursing company, so parents are NOT required to use the nursing suite. However, if you would like a little pampering, feel free to head into our nursing suite for a little relaxation. Think soft lighting, comfy couches, and aromatherapy. Say yes to all of that!
5. We understand that you don’t always want to rush:
Do you want to stretch your play time out until nap time? Understood! Your admission fee covers unlimited, single-entry open play. That means that we are not going to kick you out after 30 minutes. Nope! Come in and let the kids move from the cedar recreational equipment to the Imagination Village to the art center and so on as long as you would like. Stay a while!
*Play times may be limited during holidays and days where the weather is extremely cold, hot, or rainy.
There is more but we have to keep some surprises! Play Date Junction is truly a place for both caregivers and children. Come and check us out!