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"Bringing back the art of pretending, one family at a time!"
That is the motto of Let's Pretend, an inspiring hands on play center. We had the pleasure of visiting last week after I had discovered their Facebook page. I had been hearing the name Let's Pretend from others who had visited and reported back that their kids had a blast! We planned a play date with some of E's best friends to occupy the morning using our imaginations.
E spent most of her time in Grayson's Grocery Corner shopping for food and Griff's All American Diner serving it to us. I really wanted to watch her create in Kennedi's Center for the Arts which had the most organized art supplies (with recycled materials, yay!). Kids are encouraged to use as many supplies as they'd like to complete their projects. I was quite excited about the sock puppet area, but E decided to paint a picture (PINK, of course) then was content to sing Twinkle, Twinkle with her friends on the stage, complete with working microphone! I laughed and cheered so much at their performance!
Let's Pretend is located in Middletown. The business was the dream of Kerri and Rick who took the leap and made it a reality in January. Kerri discovered when her oldest son was young that there was a need for local places for families to learn through play together. The facility is divided into awesome themed rooms, named after the owners' four children, including those listed above as well as Carter Grammar School, G Brothers Construction Company, and Nana's Nursery for the littlest pretenders. There is also a post office where E enjoyed using a date stamp and real stamp pad. 123 Main Street is a pretend house complete with two closet sized bedrooms, one for the boys and one for the girls.
E's little buddy X loved the train table and sand table!
Admission is $7 per person (adults and children) because adults are encouraged to pretend along with their child. Visitors are allowed to bring snacks. It is evident that Kerri and Rick put their hearts and love for kids into every detail of the facility. Kerri was a pleasure to talk to so I look forward to continuing to get to know such an influential mom in the early childhood business in our community!
Not only did Let's Pretend donate 6 admissions for our raffle prizes, but they also agreed to be our first Still Playing School giveaway! To enter, leave a comment telling us which play area you think your child would enjoy most. Entries close Sunday at midnight and a random comment will be selected to win one FREE admission to Let's Pretend!