Mar 18, 2011

Boogie Babies

Living Social offered 6 visits to Boogie Babies in Rochester Hills for only $18, so I just had to try it out.  Wow, what a pleasant surprise.  First, I should say that the website does not showcase everything Boogie Babies has to offer.

Finding Boogie Babies was pretty easy. It is right off of Crooks road, north of M-59. They are tucked away in a building with many other businesses and when I saw all of their space, I was quite impressed.  Every room is brightly decorated, creating a welcoming and fun environment.

The owner greeted me as I walked in the door and I observed that the front lobby is set up for dance classes. There are even a couple of local businesses that have tables set up. The regular cost of admission is $7.00 for children age two and up and $5.00 for children under the age of two, but over 12 months.  Infants and parents are free.  Boogie Babies offers a 10 visit punch card for $50, making each visit only $5.  Additionally, if you enter after 2 p.m. the visit is only $5.

Upon entering, everyone is required to remove their shoes.  There are cubbies and coat hooks for easy storage. The cubbie area also serves as a cute little area for reading that is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main area.

The main area for the kids play is quite large. There is a gigantic chalkboard and craft area. Rosa just loves chalk, so she went over to draw on the board many times. The chalk and erasers are kept in adorable paint buckets so they are easily managed by any age. There is a long counter and tons of supplies for a wide variety of make and take projects or creating art.

Across the way from the arts and crafts area is the play kitchen which was stocked with all the goodies a kitchen would need. Play food, plates, cups, utensils, pots and more make this a great area for developing a child's creativity.  Rosa enjoyed pretending to cook food in the microwave and pushed the baby doll around in the stroller.

Going under the arch will lead you to the baby area, which seemed to be the main attraction for Rosa. At almost 21 months old, she was content to sit and explore all the blocks, toys and mirrors provided in the area.  The large soft blocks provide ample opportunity for little ones to work on their gross motor skills.  Rosa particularly enjoyed the jungle toy that has ramps for balls.  (which ironically we have at home).


Next to the baby area is the theater. There is always some kind of dancing video playing that encourages children to get moving in front of the big screen. Costumes, wigs and props add to the excitement and pretend play.  Rosa enjoyed dancing to a variety of tunes while other children had fun putting on princess costumes and colorful wigs.

Four computer stations are available with age appropriate learning games for young children. For older siblings, they have a Wii and PS3.  Rosa was a little too young to enjoy this section.  I tried logging her on to the computers a couple of times, but by the time the games came up she was off doing something else.

Lastly, there is a play structure that reaches the ceiling, with a large spiral slide for the older children.  At the top there is a tree house with monkey rings.  There is also a section for the infants and toddlers with stairs and a small slide.  In the toddler section there are a few puzzles that Rosa really enjoyed.

I really can't say enough good things about this place. The owner was super friendly and helpful. Everything was very clean and Rosa had so much fun. We can't wait to go back!!!  Hope to see you next time we are there.

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