Yolonda Tyler loved spending time with her daughter Amaya, but she found it near impossible to find a place with age-appropriate equipment and an inviting atmosphere for grownups. Undeterred, Yolonda took matters into her own finger-paint-covered hands and opened Amaya Papaya, a business dedicated to and named after her daughter. Here, she and her staff help kids from birth to 5 years old bond with their parents, interact socially, and build cognitive skills.
Wrapped in bright-green walls, the play lounge sets the stage for laughter and fun activities. Seven themed areas fend off boredom, with a creativity corner allowing kids to color and a construction corner letting them design cost-effective skyscrapers out of wooden blocks. Comfy seats relax parents as their children play with toys that help build skills such as spatial awareness.
Yolonda's staff also leads classes for both parents and adults, such as story time and CPR training. To keep things fresh, they constantly rotate toys and pull out their etch-a-sketches to plan special events such as meetings with children's authors.