Mysteries of Toddlerhood Solved Completely at The Playroom Valley

toddlers demystifiedYou guys should have been there. At a sold-out event, we got to hear from the experts on the dark depths of toddlerhood weirdness. And okay, so maybe we didn’t exactly solve every wacky potty problem ever to befall a two-year-old, but we did have a heck of a good time.

If you guys haven’t brought your littles to The Playroom Valley, you should get there today. It’s the cleanest, funnest spot in Sherman Oaks to bring the under five crowd (and let the moms make mom friends!). And the prices are amazing! They even do these themed parties that will make your birthday girl or boy totally giddy.

Our kids were blown away by the bright, open play space, the little roller coaster, and the endless list of pretend play opportunities. We hardly heard from them the whole time we were there, because they were too busy having fun to bother with moms at all. Another win for The Playroom.

xoxo,

Ana & Dani

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We Rock the Spectrum Really Rocks

March 6, 2014

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You guys are missing out if you’ve never been to We Rock the Spectrum with your kids. And if you have a child with autism or other special needs, you’re really, really missing out. This is a space where kids of all ages and abilities can get together and swing, pretend, climb, slide, and run around without having to apologize or feel even the slightest bit out of place.

We tried it out for our recent Mommytrain sing-along play date, and we will most definitely be back. The staff knows exactly how to help kids come out of their shells. Little ones learn self-reliance, positive social interactions, and self-confidence, while moms get to hang back and let them run free for a while. They even provide these super clever arts and crafts activities. And there’s a zip line!

It’s pretty much the most ingenious combination of inclusion, affirmation, and fun you can find anywhere. And if you want the ultimate proof that WRTS gets the Mommytrain stamp of approval… Guess where Sophie wants to have her next birthday? Yup.

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Get Ready for Playdate Nirvana

June 20, 2013

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Forget the planned activities, the crying, the stress of chasing your toddler around as she tries to bite your girlfriend’s son on the ankle. This is a whole new kind of playdate. The kind you don’t have to supervise. Imagine… you drop your kids off in the cozy indoor playground on the bottom floor, and you leave the room. It’s okay, because there are trained, background­checked, kid­loving staff down there who will make sure your tot not only keeps his teeth off his neighbor, but has a great time, too.

Meanwhile, you head upstairs to the place of mommy legend: The Lounge. The quiet, wifi equipped, coffee lounge, with easy chairs and a mysterious lack of whining, plus adult company with other moms who will laugh at your lost diaper story and cry with you over the loss of your bikini belly. These moms are here for the exact same reasons you are, fun for the kids and restoration for the mamas. This is the beauty of Pamper & Play. And that is not all. Oh, no, that is not all.
There is also Parents’ Night Out, when you get to drive away from the building and do whatever the heck you want for four hours. Hit the spa. Date your husband. Buy groceries the way you used to, with an unchewed list and unbroken concentration. Whatever floats your boat.

The kids will be busy learning yoga or art or science, eating pizza, or doing crafts and water play outside, while you do what you despaired of ever doing again­­ take care of you. Even if you don’t want to travel so far away from your urchins, there happens to be a lovely salon one door down, where you can get your hair cut in peace by a real stylist, which is about 45 times better than a four­year­old with safety scissors.
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How did Pamper & Play happen? Owner Carole Cablk noticed a common thread in local supervised play venues. The kids may have been having a blast, but the moms… not so much. Often they had no place to sit except for the front sidewalk or a hard bench, where they whipped out their smart phones and took advantage of the downtime as best they could. Suddenly the need became obvious­­ a place where moms could feel welcome and nurtured and comfortable enough to make friends at the same time their kids did. A place with cushions and caffeine and wifi. And Carole could make the best use of her natural love of kids by building the most safe, fun, nurturing indoor playground in West L.A.

So there you have it. No excuses for that impending breakdown that you’ve felt coming on slowly for weeks now. Head it off with a mommy­friendly playdate, class, or party at Pamper & Play. No one will bite. Not even your kid.

xox,

Ana & Daniela

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