In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
With a room full of toys and no time constraints, Toddle Town & More is designed to give kids an outlet for their energy and creativity. Visitors aged 6 and younger explore age-appropriate playgrounds and don dress-up clothes in an open, safe environment, while parents observe with the help of numerous mirrors. The space is open Monday–Friday for unlimited drop-in play, ensuring sessions can fit into the busiest of schedules. A calendar of supervised programs, such as preschool, play groups, and music classes, offer little ones additional chances to learn social skills and introductory guitar solos. Toddle Town & More caters to the allergy-sensitive, and parents are asked to refrain from packing peanut products in their child's lunch bags.
The clothing connoisseurs at Hardee Bros. Dry Cleaners cleanse and mend garments and household items with a full roster of services. A thorough dry-cleaning process tackles stains on shirts ($2.45) and pants ($6.10) while banishing freshly squeezed football juice from soiled sports coats ($7.60). Dingy area rugs and drapes can be spruced up and returned to their domestic perches spot-free. With repair services, mending mavens can fix broken zippers or use alterations to shorten an overly long jean hem or let out the seams to make room for secret squirt-gun holsters.