Pamper and Play: I’m a fan

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beautiful quote on the wall at Pamper & Play

The Groupon I purchased for Pamper & Play is almost up, and I can definitely say I am a fan. My daughter is now over a year old, and my new-mom anxieties about leaving her with someone else have subsided. Every time I come here, I am grateful a place like this exists in my neighborhood.

I usually take the stroller, but today, I drove. Depending on what day and time you come, parking is sometimes a challenge. I try to park in the neighborhood, which has 2 hours free parking from 8-6, Monday – Friday (double-check the signs), but street cleaning Thursdays and Fridays on alternate sides of the road from 8am – 11am. There are also parking meters on Westwood Boulevard or Tennessee Avenue.

I always check the calendar on their website first, because there are events or activities happening and sometimes the space it’s rented out for a private event. The staff is excellent, and it’s not surprising to find the owner Carole and/or her husband working and caring for the children as well. So far, I’ve only done supervised play, which means they watch and play with your kid downstairs and you, the parent, can go upstairs to the lounge, use wi-fi, and relax.

There are several other offerings, some of them new, listed on the Pamper & Play website. During one of our previous visits, there was a band. On another visit, there was a bounce house! Because my daughter doesn’t have any siblings (and possibly won’t ever), I try to socialize her as much as possible. Playdates are great, but at Pamper & Play I get ME time, which is a luxury these days.

My daughter Aria in the ballpit at Pamper & Play

My daughter Aria in the ballpit at Pamper & Play

Below is their new pricelist, as of March 2014 (link and image from Pamper & Play’s Facebook page)