It is amazing how quickly time flies. Just three years ago a good friend called me, “Krista, you have to take Jack to this great new place called Hopscotch’s. It’s just for kids, from crawling up to age six”. Well, Jack was on the cusp of crawling so off we went on a Friday evening. And, she was right. It was amazing.
There was a special section for crawlers, which included crawling spaces and many stimulating toys. In the section for big kids, there was a huge jungle gym complete with slides. There was a bouncy house that was enclosed. There was a playhouse complete with a stove and sink. All in all, it was a very nice place to take the kids. The staff was very friendly and helpful. These were the first owners and there have been two new owners since. The second owners made huge improvements with their hours. It was such a nice place to go when I was restless and needed to get out and have adult conversation.
Being able to have Jack play with others in a comfortable, safe environment is a huge reason I have continued going to Hopscotch’s all these years. During the months that I was pregnant with twins, I was too tired to run after Jack at the park. At Hopscotch’s, I knew that was he wasn’t going anywhere. I also knew that I could take him home clean.
And when the girls were born, I was able to take Jack to Hopscotch’s and still take care of the girls. Taking Jack to the park would have been impossible, trying to pay attention to him and my newborn twins. I knew at Hopscotch’s the fellow moms would help keep an eye on Jack for me. I could ask Ana, an employee, to watch a baby while I went and changed the other baby. And, when I was nursing, Ana would often play puzzles with Jack.
Fast forward to the girls’ first birthday; we celebrated at Hopscotch’s. How wonderful was it to see them enjoy it as much as Jack! And I used part of the girls’ birthday money to buy a monthly membership. We sure used it. Monthly memberships are $30 for one kid, $55 for two, and $75 for three. It was worth every penny compared to the $7 fee for one visit. And, what I really like about the membership is that I don’t feel cheated if I only take them for an hour or so. Whenever I paid the $7, I felt they needed to stay at least three hours to get my money’s worth.
Other key factors of Hopscotch’s include a wonderful eating area and parents are encouraged to bring lunches and snacks. However, if you forget, there are snacks for sale.
Well, Jack will be turning four this November and this is his first “just friends” birthday party, and wouldn’t you know we are having it at Hopscotch’s. And, while it has changed ownership yet again, it really seems to be thriving. So, I wish them well and will continue to support Hopscotch’s by taking my kiddos there. Maybe we should plan a Hopscotch’s date soon with all our little ones!
Hopscotch’s Playplace is located in the Scottsville Square Shopping Center, across from Greenwood Mall. http://www.hopscotchsplayplace.com
Krista, mom to fraternal twin girls, age 16 months, and son, almost 4 years