Indoor Events Meant For Little Adventurers
A couple of weeks ago Poppy and I attended a 510 Families + Close5 App event at We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley. We haven’t been to an indoor play space since probably a year ago at a friend’s birthday party. It’s nice to know that there are places we can go to let out some energy and not feel enclosed or stuffy–this place beamed with energy for any kid looking to have a little customized adventure in open space. I knew this would be the perfect time to break away from our normal outdoor excursions and have some organized fun indoors. Melissa from iCarian Photography was also present, providing mini photo sessions with the parents and kids who attended. We signed up for a session and had a blast taking some photos outside in front of a bright blue metal wall.
This was our very first time doing any kind of professional photos (we do what I imagine most parents do and collect a million photos on our phones including the ones in this post) and I must say it was refreshing and an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Melissa captured such tenderness from Poppy which was a treat seeing from my perspective. When you first come in We Rock The Spectrum, there is a variety of art supplies, unique games and crafts, and other quirky items you could buy before entering in the “no-shoe” zone. There was a rock wall, trampolines, hanging swings from the ceilings, a zip line, and so much more. It is definitely not like most indoor play spaces and everything an indoor play space is–there were multiple rooms with different things to do and lots of kids and parents. Off to one side rooms was a break area meant for snacks and birthday parties. Close5 was there hosting some giveaways geared for toddlers. When you signed up for free account, you bid $0 on each giveaway item for a chance to win.
This was great because this gave us parents a chance to sit a moment (really a little break to nibble on half-eaten snacks our kids abandoned) and relax. Plum Organics provided some yummy cheddar dinos which Poppy loves over goldfish now and hooray because they’re packed with sneaky vitamins. I also checked out the app and loved how easy it was to use.
2 hours was the perfect pre-nap time and my little one was pooped when we got home. I was grateful that she had just as much fun being indoors as she does outdoors. While we crave our time outside, I admit I enjoyed not having to plan anything and pack a ton of gear into my truck–I think Poppy liked just being able to explore on her own and socialize a bit too. For more 510 Families event updates and other local, kid-friendly activities, visit their website. The cost for these events from our experience so far is an affordable $5-$7 and includes a goody bag for your little one and snacks as well as the drop in time to play. Do you have a favorite indoor playspace your little adventurers like to go? How does switching up to a new activity benefit you and your kids? Let me know below in the comments as I’m always open to hearing what other parents have to say.