Ode to Studio Grow in Berkeley

In a seven-day span, I will admit to visiting Cafe PriPri, Tumble & Tea, Studio Grow, Habitot, and the kindergym at the Berkeley YMCA. Why did I do that? Did I do it for you, dear anonymous reader? Did I do it for myself or my son? No, I did it because Whitney asked me to and sometimes I still like that. :-) I’ll be reporting back on all my opinions and findings in the next two weeks.

When I open the door to your Studio Grow play space, the angels sing… “ahhhhh” (can you hear it?). The place is frickin’ beautiful and makes me wish that I were three years old again and could really kick back and enjoy myself (rather than a thirty-three-year-old pregnant woman chasing around an inexplicably sobbing 18-month old).

What I really love:

  • It’s so big and spacious, with so many stations and opportunities for fun (balls, keyboards, water tables, doll houses, etc!)
  • The stations invite imaginative play experiences with appealing, simple, well-organized toys and/or manipulatives.
  • It’s clean and bright (even on a gray day) with handy Purell dispensers at every turn
  • There’s a place for snacks and nobody’s making me deal with a two-drink minimum
  • There are regularly-scheduled multi-cultural fun activities (although to be honest, that’s not much of a differentiator in Berkeley, and Holden can’t sit still long enough to enjoy himself)

What I really don’t love:

  • The price – even with the volume discount packages, I can’t afford the place. Additional adults all cost more money. I feel like I just need to go to the depths of Habitot because it’s already paid for the year.
  • It’s so big and fun, I never get to hang out with the friends who meet me there

Bottom line: Awesome for special occasions, when somebody treats me to admission, or if I have a full day to kill

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RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on 510families.com or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.

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