I always mourn a little when we lose a great indoor play space in Bergen County. RIP to Cutie Patooties in Englewood and Darla’s Porch in Allendale–my kids had great times in those spaces.
And now…the birth of The Big Playhouse in Westwood, NJ. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I first visited the space, located in a quaint strip of stores, just off the main drag in Westwood.
Even better, was the warm welcome by the owner, Larine Baratta and her manager. She formerly owned a Goddard School, so she knows what kids need these days: hands on play and imaginative spaces to create stories. In fact, the rooms she created are reflective of books that she wrote.
There is a barnyard from “Horsing Around in the Barnyard,” with a puppet theater, a village from “A Day in Our Little Village” and a main street-style area from “Meet Me at Main.” In the center of it all are cute tables and chairs so you can snack as if you are in the middle of an open air market. The “town” has a little doctor’s office, hair salon, grocery store and more!
Smiling characters from Baratta’s books undefined who also represent a diverse mix of cultural and ethnic backgrounds undefined adorn the walls of The Big Playhouse. That falls into the whole idea of encouraging kids to deal with people different from themselves. I just love that concept and bravo to her for being on the cutting edge.
- There is also a party suite which can accommodate 24 children.
- NO STROLLERS AND YOU MUST WEAR SOCKS.
- Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays through Saturdays.
- Sundays are reserved for private events only
I thought the prices were very reasonable. If you consider it turns out to be about $9/hour per child–you will definitely get your money’s worth! Sure, library programs may be free but you just can’t compare those to the worlds of opportunity this playspace offers in terms of play.
And, if you can get 4 other moms together you can have a weekday playdate for only $12.99 per child. That can’t be beat!
RATES FOR 2 HOUR VISIT:
Children Ages 13MOS-6YRS (FREE FOR UNDER 12months)
(FEE includes 1 FREE Admission for a PARENT/GUARDIAN OR GRANDPARENT; $7.99 each add’l parent)
$29.99 – Two Children
$41.99 – Three Children
$54.99 undefined Four Children
MOMS-MEETUP GROUPS PACKAGE:
Stay-at-home-moms and mom meetup groups during the hours of 10AM-12PM, Monday-Friday can bring their kids to our play center for a price that’s right! Membership discount are not allowed with MOMS-MEETUP discounts. Must have a party of 5 families or more.
- It’s just $12.99 for children 13 MOS and 6 YRS
With the weather cooling off and outdoor activity becoming prohibitive, you will be looking for a place indoors to let your kids unleash some steam. Well, you can’t go wrong with The Big Playhouse! Stop in and tell them MiraBest sent you!
Dec. 22nd.Tutus and Bowties Holiday Party. 11am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm.