What do you want for your birthday present? I ask my toddler. Without hesitation, she requests a visit to her favorite indoor play gym. The next day, an email arrives from the gym, inviting my family to attend a carnival-themed camp session.
I don’t want to go, my son says. That is for babies. The party is for kids ages three to nine, I respond. That is you. When I show him the invitation, he grows visibly excited. On the day of the party, all three kids talk about it nonstop. And when they arrive and are greeted by friends, games and cotton candy? They do not want to leave when the party ends.
One year ago, my family attended the grand opening for a local playspace. I expected to find the usual padded walls and floors filled with activities. Instead, I found so much more. Friendship. Kindness. And above all? Community.
Every time I visit Urban Jungle Play, the kids and I see old friends and make new ones. All three of my children are challenged artistically, physically and mentally. From sand tables to special visits with organizations like Gate Hill Day Camp, we can never get enough of spending time there.
I am grateful to be able to bring my children – ages 9, 8 and 4 – to places where all three of them find joy.
Posted by Kathy Zucker, Founder on Friday, March 18, 2016
Kathy Zucker is an international social media Shorty Award winner, mother of three and a startup founder at companies including the Metro Moms Network®.