Inspired by their three children, Lisa and Andy Curwin decided to create a youth center that would offer kids entertainment and education under the same roof. An elevated climbing structure dominates the multihued, easy-to-monitor space that eventually sprang from the Curwins' collective imagination. All its slides lead to the center of the building, allowing parents to keep an eye on multiple children while sitting at brightly colored tables and getting pinkies in shape for upcoming tea parties. The room is packed with plenty of other play-ready games and equipment—bounce houses where youngsters can burn off energy and break through the space-time continuum; skee-ball and basketball stations that boost hand-eye coordination and churn out redeemable prize tickets; and skate and tricycle rinks where tykes can establish new recess allegiances. Kango reinforces its play center with a full-service academy that provides programs for young children from infants to kindergartners and ensures visitors stay properly fueled and hydrated by stocking a snack bar with burgers, fries, fruit, and sweets.
The Jewish Community Center of Rochester nourishes the local community with cultural enrichment and diverse programming that promotes health, fosters a love of learning, and offers opportunities to socialize for Jewish and non-Jewish people of all ages. The center provides health and fitness programs for people of all ages complemented by wellness services such as expert nutrition advice. The center also serves as an educational resource, with classes such as new-parent programs that prepare couples for the responsibilities and complex explanations of the solar system that babies demand. The center?s camps cater to youth of all ages with traditional summer activities such as swimming.
From their seats in the Glengarry Inn, diners can evaluate golfers’ early swings, thanks to a view of the Eagle Vale Golf Course’s first tee. When merged with the dining room's stately bookcases and roaring fireplace, these lush green views add a multisensory experience to the kitchen's cuts of Atlantic salmon, veal, and lobster that mingle with the smoky aromas of brick-oven pizza. On Fridays and Saturdays, musicians enrich the chatter of diners with live tunes inspired by the surroundings of the golf course, the aroma of gourmet meals, and the clash of contrasting plaids.
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.
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.