Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Your Village STL Has a Stellar Play Space for Little Ones!

Your Village STL is a, "...supportive, inclusive space for expectant and new families to find support, community, play, education, health and wellness." Found in Chesterfield, Missouri, it provides health services covered by insurance including but not limited to pediatric sleep, speech, nutrition, OT, and more. It also has classes for parents ranging from prenatal education to support groups, play groups, and parent-and-me yoga. The way I heard of them, however, was how my wife and I saw they recently opened a play village for children in a Facebook group talking about fun places for kiddos!

The play village is just that, " indoor imaginary play space designed to promote a safe and stimulating environment for children to engage in active play, social interaction, and imaginative exploration while parents remain with [their] child." It is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 AM-1:00PM. Special events can sometimes be attended on other days or there might be private parties booked on those days. I took Gibson to the play village for the first time yesterday and he had a ton of fun! He wanted to crawl all around the infant space and was eager to interact with the other babies (and bigger kids) who were around. There was coffee and snacks available for purchase as well and the space was clean, organized, and had a nice warm & inviting feel. Gibson and I were the first to arrive before it got busy so I was able to snap some pictures of the lovely setup in the play village. Take a look:

Gibson loved exploring all the various toys and objects too. The nearby, "Yuck bucket," was nice to have provided as the boy loves to try and put toys in his mouth any chance he gets (I feel like almost all the shaky eggs ended up in the sanitary bucket by the time he was done with them). Here are some images of Gibson enjoying the space:

Your Village STL provides a bunch of great services to parents and I especially appreciate the delightful play village! We went for the first time yesterday (as I mentioned) but I expect we will be going there many more mornings after Clarkson is dropped off at school as Gibson had such a great experience! You can learn more about Your Village STl and all their services on their website and can book admission to the play village online too. They allow walk-ins but to guarantee a space for yourself it is always best to book ahead of time!

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