By Chris Bavender
A place for kids to play while moms grab a cup of coffee, chat with friends or simply catch up on email will open Jan. 21. The Little Village Playroom at 9850 N. Michigan Road bills itself as a “weekday refuge.” It’s the brainchild of Amy Sample, a mom trying to find balance in her life.
“I tried the stay-at-home mom thing, and that did not work for me, but I knew I didn’t want to go back to the full-time career thing, either,” she said. “So, I created a marketing company, hired other work-from-home moms, took my children to meetings with me, introduced them to the world of juggling it all and still had guilt about not having balance in my life.”
Trips to attractions for the kids took a chunk out of the day, so Sample realized something closer to home was needed.
“(I needed a place) to just drop in for an hour when the kids needed a quick outlet for energy before heading to Costco or home from Target,” she said. “Something that didn’t need to be an all-day trip, just a little break.”
And so, The Little Village Playroom was born.
“It literally ‘takes a village,’ and that’s what we want to create, a community,” Sample said. “Our staff will be fully immersed in play time, fostering imagination and arts through painting, crafting, dancing, singing, reading, movement and hands-on activities.”
Scheduled activities such as kids yoga, story times, arts and crafts, dance parties and live music will be available, as well as unscheduled activities to keep little ones busy. The facility will have 1,900 square feet of play space in the main playroom, a party room and an activity room.
“Caregivers will find a place where, I hope, they can relax and take a step back for a minute,” Sample said. “In our cafe area within the playroom, we will have free Wi-Fi, free coffee, a take one/leave one adult library and a community of moms, dads, nannies and grandparents.”
Caregivers can drop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations can be made online or pre-paid passes are available at a discount. A membership program for a monthly fee is available and includes free or discounted family night-out events, unlimited visits during the week and unlimited coffee.
On weekends, The Little Village Playroom will become “birthday party central.”
“Birthdays are the best day ever. Seriously, there is no other ‘holiday’ that is all about you,” Sample said. “My parents never spared a thing when it came to a birthday party. From costumes, to games, to crafts, to decorations, it was themed and personalized all about the birthday girl or boy. So, The Little Village Playroom will be specializing in themed, personalized birthdays. We offer full-service planning and execution.”
For more, visit thelittlevillageplayroom.com.