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Seesaw Center

on November 5, 2013

First, I apologize for the infrequency of my posts lately.  We have had a series of colds and illnesses that have kept us home for a couple weeks!  But we’re back on our feet (for now, at least) and I’ve got some great material planned for this fall and winter!

Today I’m excited to share our recent experience playing at the Seesaw Center.  The Seesaw Center in Castle Shannon is one of our favorite indoor play destinations for a cold or yucky day.  This is a great indoor play space for children from birth to age 5.  The Seesaw Center is open seasonally, October-April, from 9:30-3:00 on weekdays, with evening hours 5:00-8:00 on Tuesdays and Thursday, and 9:30-12:30 on Saturday.  The cost is $5/child over the age of 6 months old for a day of play, but you may purchase a 5 pass card for $20 or a family membership for $75.  You must stay with your child (no drop off), and there is a coffee station for parents who need it!

There are so many different play areas for children of different ages and with different interest!  I won’t be able to describe everything the center has to offer, because every time we go we find something new, but I hope to give a good overview.

Recently my daughter has become very interested in dolls and playing pretend, so this season we’ve spent a lot of time in the dramatic play section.  There are baby dolls, clothes for dressing up, puppets and a puppet theater, a cash register, play phones, and so much more!  It’s sweet to watch the little ones pretending to be little mommies and daddies!  We never visited this section last year, so it’s cool for me to see my little girl growing up and becoming interested in new things.  And I REALLY love going to places like the Seesaw Center because otherwise she wouldn’t have access to so many new toys and activities, which helps me when it’s time for holiday shopping because I know the things she is (and isn’t) interested in.

baby areaMoving on, my little guy really loved that there was a space just for babies!  There’s a small gated area with toys for prewalkers to enjoy without having to fight with the bigger kids.  My son is 10 months old now, and enjoyed other parts of the center, too, but this was a good spot that was just for him.

 

infant/toddler play areaAdjacent to the baby area is an area with toys that both of my kids enjoy, like Little People, stacking cutes, activity cubes, and more.  This is a great spot for kids of multiple ages, and again, a great way for kids to explore with different kinds of toys from what they have at home.  My son liked the bubble mirror, and how funny his sweet little face looked in it!

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Also in this area is a music section, with a little piano, drums, cymbals, bells, keyboards…pretty much anything that makes noise!  Obviously, a very popular spot.

 

 

 

For active players, there are balls and basketball hoops, all kinds of ride-on toys, and two play structures to climb on and slide down.  A favorite spot is the castle, where children enjoy popping up in the tower and locking the door to keep dragons out (no worries, mommy and daddy dragons can see in through the open top).

A puzzle and block corner is a nice place to calm down a little bit.  There’s a nice selection of books over there, too, to take a break from all the playing.  Also in this section is a fishing game that I was surprised my daughter enjoyed, as it took more refined fine motor skills than I thought she had!  The volunteer working the front desk told me that even when that game is broken, it’s still one of the most popular things in the center!  (The fish spin around opening their mouths while the kids use plastic fishing poles to try to catch them.)

There’s so much more to the center…a rice table, Duplo building stations on the walls, a Plinko-style ball maze, a tool bench, every truck you can imagine, train tables, car tables…and more!  This is a favorite meet up place for our moms group, and a great place to go when you need to get out of the house but don’t know what to do.

The Seesaw Center has frequent events, too, like the Halloween party last week and a librarian who comes to read.  Check out their Facebook page to keep up with what they’re doing!

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