The rain is back in Vancouver and it looks like it is hear to stay. My daughter is very high energy and on our days off together, I am always looking for places we can go, where she can explore, play and learn. In the summer there are a lot of options outside. In the fall/winter I am on the hunt for indoor play areas, preferably one near a coffee shop!
There is a new indoor play room that has recently opened its doors on Main Street called Bambini’s Playroom. This is there opening week and right now admission is free. Zara and I visited Bambini’s Playroom today and here is our review.
First Impressions: We were greeted at the door by one of the owners, Amy. Amy is a mom of two, with 10 years of childcare experience. She took time to talk to every parent and child walking in the door. She has a positive energy about her and you can tell that this is her passion project.
The space: The space is fairly spacious and very welcoming. There is an arts table set up with paint and paper for kids to use. There is another table set up with alphabets and a train/track set. The current theme of the room is ‘Camping’ and they have a tent with felt campfire logs set up for the kids to explore. Amy explained to me that the theme will change based on seasons. They are working on a fall season set up next. The space is also available for rent for birthday parties.
How it works: The Playroom is designed for ages 0 to 5 years. Kids are welcome to explore, play and learn with parent/adult participation. Amy, the owner engages with kids and helps them play and learn. Amy also runs a circle time for the last 20 mins before closing.
Hours: Currently the hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 2 pm to 4 pm. Sat 9am to 11 am( this Sat, Sept 30 is 10 am to 12pm)
Fees: As this is their opening week, all admissions are at no charge. Tomorrow is the last day. Generally fees are $12 per drop in. Or you can get a pass for 10 sessions for $90. Birthday rental prices are available on their Facebook page.
Verdict: I love supporting local businesses. Bambini’s is a one of a kind play room for this area. It is a good respite from the rainy weather and I felt that my daughter was fairly interested in the toys and activities. She actually did not want to leave. I also like the fact that there is a caregiver on the floor, engaging with the children. The circle time was awesome and had the children pretty focused.
I like that there is a age restriction. I have found some of other play areas that I have been to, that I always have to watch out for Zara to not be rail roaded by an older child.
My favorite thing about Bambini’s Playroom is Amy, the owner. She has a way with kids and the parents. She makes you feel right at home. I will definitely be back!
And yes there is a Matchstick coffee pretty close by for us mommas who need the caffeine fix. 🙂
The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty rainy. So go ahead and visit Bambini’s Playroom on 4879 Main St. And don’t forget to take advantage of tomorrow, Saturday Sept 30th’s, free admission. Have a fun weekend!
Please note this is not a sponsored post. I am not paid by or affiliated with Bambini’s Playroom. All opinions in this post are based on my personal experience. However, Amy is aware that I will be writing this piece, so feel free to comment and share your experience, suggestions and I will pass them along to her.