Q: Why do your play periods have a start and stop time?
A: We have limited space in order to maintain the integrity of our programming. Our capacity also helps us with Covid safety measures and maintaining a consistent cleaning protocol.
Q: Can I just show up when a play period is starting or do I have to book in advance?
A:You can for sure show up when a play period is beginning however, you run the risk of our space being filled up during any given play period. We strongly recommend you book your playtime in advance. Don’t have access to a computer, smart phone, or internet? No worries- call us and we’ll book your time for you!
Q: Why do you close your space for 15 minutes in between play periods?
A:We close our space for 15 minutes in between each play period so that we can, vacuum, reset the space and play invitations as well as wipe down surfaces and spray all playthings with the non-toxic cleaner Force of Nature, which is EPA approved and proven to fight against Covid-19.
Q: What makes you unique and sets you apart from other play spaces aka what am I paying for?
A: What makes us unique is our dedication to being so! Anyone can open a play space, fill it with nice things and call it a day... But what inspires us is to go beyond that and think about how our space for families can impact our community. We’d like to pose the question: “How can we create a space where curiosity is encouraged, play is valued, and all feel welcome?” How will we do that? As “aspiring allies'' we understand that we will continuously be defining how State of Play practices inclusivity. One of the ways we practice this is with our Inclusive Library: Our commitment to having a collection of inclusive books is crucial for our mission to inspire awareness in all the families who visit us. Books are a wonderful way to involve children in the important conversations that are happening in our world in developmentally appropriate ways. Scaffolding/Supporting For Clients (little and big ones): Not everyone has the instinct for play- or maybe they’ve grown up and forgotten how to. Some children have limited access or experience with open-ended materials. Our educators act as floaters around the space, supporting in our art studio, and gently observing and noticing if friends need assistance in understanding how to interact with our invitations by posing questions, adding materials, or teaching our curriculum. Classes, Offerings, and Stations: Our classes and offerings shift periodically and often so that there’s something new to discover when you visit!
Q: I am having a hard time affording your experience. Is there anything I can do about it?
A: We believe that ALL children deserve access to high quality creative experiences. Through our Equitable Access Program we have established a scholarship fund in order to provide free or discounted play with those who would like to participate in our program. We are working with local nonprofits, pairing Open Play passes with members of our community who have young children. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to learn more.
Q: My child is 18 months old and your space is geared toward ages 0-6. Can she play with everything at State of Play? How can a 6 year old play with things an 18 month old likes?
A: The great part about our offerings is that not only do we frequently change them but they work within a child’s zone of proximal development. This means our materials could be in your child’s developmental phase or be slightly beyond it , allowing them somewhere to grow into. The beauty of open-ended materials is that a wide age range of children can use the same material in a variety of different ways. Remember, to play and to explore means to also take risks- please be aware, there are some choking hazards in our space especially in and around our sensory bins.
Q: Tell me about your preschool. When is it, who is it for, and how do I apply?
A: Our preschool is a 3 day a week, half or full day program occurring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am-1pm or 9am-3pm for 3 to 5 year old children who are potty trained. Click the preschool section on our homepage to find out how to apply. We are currently accepting applications for the ‘22-’23 and ‘23-’24 school year.
Q: How many children and teachers are in your preschool? We cap our class size at 15 children. There are 3 highly skilled educators in our multiage class of 3 - 5 year olds.
Know before you go:
We recommend booking in advance. We are a shoe free facility (must wear socks in the space - grippy socks recommended), parent/caregiver accompaniment- no drop off, geared toward ages 0-6, children and grown-ups should wear clothes that can get messy, To play and to explore means to also take risks- BE AWARE, there are some choking hazards especially in and near our sensory bins.