Imagine Play turns ONE this week! We can’t believe it’s been a over 365 days since our doors opened. We survived so many challenges this year, but we made it!
Our first year hurdles included pricing changes and continuously adding onto our policies. The kids surprise and challenge us with their creative playing everyday. The play area also has made major transformations. We have added many new toys since October of last year and we continue to add every month.
It’s been a learning experience for sure and although there has been some low moments it was still an amazing year nonetheless. We are so grateful for our community and all the friendly faces we have grown to love.
We hosted a couple of parties to celebrate our birthday this year. They were so much fun! Of course, our cupcake rainbow party was too cute!
The kids got their face painted, animal balloons and so much more.
We did a recap of all the fun special events in replacement to our hourly activities. The kids loved meeting all the characters.
We started with airplane making with Skye and continued with story time with our Ice Princess. The day later continued with a visit from Belle and ended with a Hula with Moana and a visit from Catboy.
Here’s a short video of all the birthday fun we had.
….and we answer all your questions including what’s to come in our 2nd year in our 1st year update video below.
We celebrated turning one this weekend. We love this super cute 1st birthday party idea we can up with for Imagine Play. It’s just a cupcake rainbow theme, but it’s perfect for any child turning any age. It’s colorful + magical = an awesome kids birthday.
This rainbow balloon arch turned out way cute!
The color scheme for this party was super vibrant. We decided to do a mixture of rainbow colors and not just the traditional.
Of course, what would a party be without some balloon arched in pastel metallic colors.
Some simple, but fun decor is making rainbow streamers. You can do it as a backdrop or just as wall decor. It looks great in pictures. It gave our lemonade stand new life.
The main attraction was cupcakes! We got cupcakes with plain white frosting and laid out sprinkles, m&ms, and icing for the kids to decorate and enjoy.
We’re obsessed with all the cute centerpieces for the table! The giant cupcake looks yummy.
Thanks for all the people that came to celebrate our rainbow cupcake party with us! It was so much fun.
Our semi private parties are perfect for families who want a small gathering. While not all our package include theme decorations you can add on a themed decor package to make the party a bit more festive. For this Trolls kids birthday party the themed package added some extra fun to their celebrations.
We started with some Trolls table coverings and we love setting the table because it really creates the party mood.
We added some Trolls centerpieces which included some rainbows which we loved. The party also included a themed banner, not pictured.
And because we love to surprise our party hosts, we added some cute handmade Trolls headbands. We know the kids loved those and it really completed the table decor.
If you are looking for a bit more, in the next room we did a themed unicorn party. It’s still one of our favorite themes to decorate. Our theme parties are perfect for hosts that want us to do all the decorating and entertainment. All you have to do is bring food. The most stress-free way to celebrate your child’s birthday.
One of the themes we love to decorate at Imagine Play is superhero because of all the colorful decor. We also like to tweak our superhero theme a bit to fit more of the kid’s favorite characters such as this Spiderman kids birthday party.
We used most of our standard decor such as our skyscraper centerpieces .
We added a little bit of spider man flare with plates, table coverings, banner and spiderman centerpieces.
Of course nothing is complete without some balloon arches. We chose spiderman colors for our beloved arches for this party.
One of our favorite things about this theme is those really cool backdrops! It really brings the superhero to life.
The birthday parents never disappoint with some cool graphic cookies and Spiderman cake.
You can buy some of the decor you have seen in this blog below:
Sweater weather is in the air, the leaves are changing colors and it’s almost time for trick or treating. We know the kids love visiting the pumpkin patch this time of the year, so we brought the pumpkin patch indoors. Your kids will love picking pumpkins in our pumpkin patch dramatic play area.
Our patch includes all different size pumpkins with some fun textured one for sensory. We especially love the stuffed pumpkins wrapped like a sweater.
The kids can pick pumpkins and roll it around on a wagon.
They can make friends with our scarecrows….
….or relax on some hay bales.
One of the things we love about the pumpkins is they are light enough for even the littlest of kids to carry. We can’t wait to see your kids enjoy our pumpkin patch in our pretend play area. Come visit us for open play soon.
Most of the items from our pumpkin patch was purchased from our local craft store this year, such as Joanns. However, you can purchase some similar items here:
Now that school in session and cold weather is approaching this is just a gentle reminder that Imagine Play does have an illness policy. Please help us protect our guests! To keep our facility as germ free as possible we ask that kids be kept home if they are not feeling well. The guidelines of our illness policy includes:
being on antibiotics for less than 48 hours.
has a fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion.
severe coughing (child gets red or blue in the face and makes high pitched whoop after cough)
yellowish skin or eyes
If your kids look physically ill you may be asked to join us on a different day.
To lessen the chance of your kids getting ill during this cold and flu season we suggest these helpful tips:
wash your hands as often as possible
carry hand sanitizer on you and use it before eating and before and after play.
get plenty of sleep, for kids sleep fights off illnesses the best
teach kids proper sneezing etiquette by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or elbow
We loved decorating this themed Wonder Woman party! We used a lot of inspiration from our superhero donut party and added a little bit of wonder woman flare such as the balloon arches in Wonder Woman colors.
Wonder Woman table coverings and plates were a must! One of the things we love about our themed parties is setting the table. It makes the room look complete and ready for a party.
We love the little border details on the birthday banner and chalkboard. Of course, gold party bags only made this party that much more super.
The table decor included some towering buildings.
The party even had a superhero photo backdrop. Can you spot Wonder Woman on it?
The backdrop was definitely kid approved!
To top it off the party parents bought the cutest Wonder Woman cake for a their 6 year old’s party.
We did many activities for this party such as bracelet making, obstacle course and face painting.
This party was a blast with all kinds of superheroes showing up. We can’t wait for the next one.
One of our favorite things to do here at Imagine Play is Sand Art! It’s a great activity to do with the kids because it keeps them engaged for quite a while and it’s awesome for all ages from toddlers to school age kids.
The best way to describe is it’s like painting with sand. At Imagine Play we have done summer, school, space, and sea themes, but you can get all types of scenes that matches any theme. Sand art comes in these sticker sheets and the kids peel off the top layer to expose the sticky surface and they pour their desired color sand over it. Spreading it around with their fingers helps cover the surface.
Kids love pouring the sand and shaking it off and the older kids create beautiful artwork with their scenes. The best part of this activity is there is no right and wrong way to paint. It can be as colorful as they want.
Sand Art can get messy quickly, so if you have younger ones it is best for it to be a supervised activity. We put the scenes on a tray so there is less sand spillage.
Each sand art package comes with a small package of sand, but we like to put our sand in bottles so the kids have an easier time pouring out the sand.
Sometimes we do sand art during open play. Come join us during open play hours, or if you want to try it at home. The best place to buy sand art is from oriental trading as they have the best selection of scenes, but we have also linked some below.
Our sad shopping area got a much needed upgrade this week. We got rid of the bulky wire shelving for a more clean look and received a whole new inventory of cute products to buy for your little one!
Of course, the essentials of all toys included some of our favorite Melissa and Doug items such as our best seller Dust, Sweep and Mop set, but the kid’s favorite Ice Cream Cone set.
Since opening we’ve only offer Melissa and Doug toys and while we love them, this upcoming year we wanted to offer a different variety of items as well. As you know, Imagine Play is very well known for our fun special events. We thought it would be complimentary if every month we offered some boutique items that corresponded with the season or our special events.
This month is obviously the time to get ready for trick or treating, so we found some stylish costumes that your kids would love. What we adore most about these costumes is that they are soft enough for every day wear too.
The Anna costume with the cape is our favorite, but many moms are loving the other styles too!
For boys we have the cutest Captain America costume. It’s like a little jogger and it’s super comfy! This is being modeled by one of favorite members. It’s great for the really little ones because it feels just like their every day clothes and with winter coming, it will keep them warm for their Halloween outings too.
In the upcoming months we are anxious for our Unicorn party and preparing for that we have a few unicorn items coming in. We plan to get more variety in when it gets closer to the Unicorn party. However, you can get a sneak peek in store now with these unicorn dresses!
They have already become a magical item! We hope to continue to provide more unique items in the months to come. Come pick up some of these items by stopping in for Open Play.