The Wiggle Room Grand Opening and Touch a Truck Event

Before we get into this years Touch a Truck and Grand Opening info, we’d really love to thank our community for all of your input and interest in The Wiggle Room. You’re the reason why we do what we do. All of your feedback and suggestions combined, of course, with your patronage really make The Wiggle Room feel like we are integrating with our community and that we are providing a great place for all of our little ones play safely and for parents to be comfortable and social and meet new people!

That being said, we are moving right along with this years Touch a Truck event! We have some really great Trucks and some really great entertainment scheduled for families of all ages! Let start with the Entertainment: We have the most amazing balloon artist you’ll ever see. What kid doesn’t love balloons (until they pop of course)? You probably CAN’T stump this guy. Go ahead, try!

We’ve also got an awesome face painter as well. My kids are finally old enough to sit still through getting their face painted so I think FINALLY we can join the rest of the world and ENJOY the face painter!

The DJ will be there to make sure your family dances and wiggles.

Raffle

All of our vendors are providing a prize valued at at least $10. We will raffle off multiple prizes every 30 minutes and raffle off our grand prize which is 3 FREE months to one lucky family as well!

Sponsors

Here is a little bit about our sponsors. They really are one of the reasons why we were able to put this wonderful event on. Learn more about them below. They are all local and truly amazing places!

The Pediatric Group

For 40 years, the Pediatric Group has maintained a reputation for excellence in pediatric care. Our award-winning providers offer your children expert, comprehensive care. We are committed to developing compassionate and trusted relationships with our families in a warm and friendly environment. To learn more, please visit www.pediatricgroup.com.

Mama Angelas Italian Bistro

Our recipes have been time tested throughout our family’s generations. Enjoy made-from-scratch specialties that even we continue to enjoy…just like Mamma Angela used to make! Pizza and pasta in a multitude of mouthwatering combinations from zesty marinara to creamy garlic sauce and plenty of fresh veggies and meats. Enjoy the warm hospitality of Italian food culture. Dine with friends and family in our comfortable dining room or host your next event in our spacious private party room. Check us out at www.mammaas.com

Righttime Medical Care

Righttime Medical Care provides compassionate, trustworthy urgent care every day of the year at its 15 urgent care locations in Maryland. Caring for patients of all ages for more than 25 years, Righttime is open 365 days a year and welcomes walk-in patients anytime, while also offering same-day appointments online or by phone. Convenient services include x-rays, laboratory testing, concussion care, patient portal and electronic health records. For more information, please visit www.myrighttime.com.

Vendors

Tons of really great vendors are coming to the Touch a Truck as well! We got local businesses from all walks of commerce for your shopping pleasure. Each one will have some kind of activity for your kiddos to partake. The full list of vendors will be released on the next blog post.

The touch a truck is finally upon us!

Tomorrow (September 24, 2017) marks the first annual Touch a truck at The Wiggle Room. We have some really great trucks and vendors all confirmed. It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day! Below is a list of Trucks and Vendors all confirmed but before we get into that, here is a little about our sponsors:

Sponsors

Our sponsors really are one of the reasons why we were able to put this wonderful event on. Learn more about them below. They are all local and truly amazing places!

The Pediatric Group

For 40 years, the Pediatric Group has maintained a reputation for excellence in pediatric care. Our award-winning providers offer your children expert, comprehensive care. We are committed to developing compassionate and trusted relationships with our families in a warm and friendly environment. To learn more, please visit www.pediatricgroup.com.

Mama Angelas Italian Bistro

Our recipes have been time tested throughout our family’s generations. Enjoy made-from-scratch specialties that even we continue to enjoy…just like Mamma Angela used to make! Pizza and pasta in a multitude of mouthwatering combinations from zesty marinara to creamy garlic sauce and plenty of fresh veggies and meats. Enjoy the warm hospitality of Italian food culture. Dine with friends and family in our comfortable dining room or host your next event in our spacious private party room. Check us out at www.mammaas.com

Righttime Medical Care

Righttime Medical Care provides compassionate, trustworthy urgent care every day of the year at its 15 urgent care locations in Maryland. Caring for patients of all ages for more than 25 years, Righttime is open 365 days a year and welcomes walk-in patients anytime, while also offering same-day appointments online or by phone. Convenient services include x-rays, laboratory testing, concussion care, patient portal and electronic health records. For more information, please visit www.myrighttime.com.

Primrose School of Gambrills

The Primrose School of Gambrills is excited to be joining the Grand Opening of the Wiggle Room! The Primrose School of Gambrill’s vision is to deliver the best and most trusted early education and care for children and families across America.  Our exclusive early learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from Teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion.   We are thrilled to announce we started our school year with a new Private Kindergarten program. please visit www.primeroseschools.com

Trucks

Roofing Truck from American Remodeling Corp.
Large Yellow School Bus from Smith Bus Service, LLC
Ice Pop Trolley from Cumberstone Ice Pops
Large Pick-Up Truck from Truckin 4 Troops
Fire Truck from Arundel Volunteer Fire Department
Concrete Mixer Truck from Chaney Enterprises
Mini-Bus from Primrose School of Gambrills
Mini-Bus from Voung’s Martial Arts
Mission BBQ Truck
Ambulance from Lifestar Ambulance
Food Truck from Funnel Fare
Fashion Truck from LuLaRoe

Vendors

Vocal Studio of Ari Stern
Babywearing International of Southern Maryland
Crofton Is Kind
It Works!
Allstate Insurance with Greg Chappell
Young Living Essential Oils with Jen Dawkins
Lyon Cub Crafts
Little Adventurers Apparel
LuLaRoe with Lyndsey Lewis Overstreet
Lularoe Karrah St. Cyr
Juice Plus
Lip Shimmer by Jenn
New York Life with Ivone Keenan
Cultural Care Au Pair
Usborne Books & More
Once Upon a Child – Gambrills, MD
Squirly Girly Boutique
DōTERRA Essential Oils
Higgins and Friends Pet Sitting, LLC
Magnabilities
Dot Dot Smile Lori Weitzel
Scentsy
Origami Owl
Thirty-One Bags and Gifts with Amanda Beach Fields
Lacey Loo’s BOWtique
Paparazzi
LuLaroe Lori Listman
Honey Bee Photography with Megan Martineau
Bubbles Productions – Face Painting
Party Pac Entertainment – Balloon Twisting
Rockin Tunes DJ’s with Ed Davino

Policy Updates and Lessons Learned

So! We got through our first two weeks wonderfully. As we went, we learned some lessons and things that will work best for our wigglers and their families. So, going forward here are two main policies we are changing/enacting:

  1. Sock Policy: We are changing the socks for everybody requirement, to just the adults. We are seeing a few kids slipping on the vinyl floor and having a little trouble getting up the ramp on the play structure. Also, many of our wiggler parents were asking for this policy to change. So, no socks for the kiddos was the solution! Today was the first day of the new policy and we already are seeing how much easier it is for the kids to climb the ramp up to the play structure and not pull a Tom Cruise on the vinyl.
  2. Amount of Entrants (infants don’t count as an entrant): So, I’m not sure how many of you came to The Wiggle Room this past Saturday, but we hit capacity. Our capacity is 99 and we unfortunately had to turn people away and make some people wait (although not long, we would still not like to make people wait). What we learned from this experience is that there were more than double the amount of adults/guests in here than there were children. Now, when we were dreaming up The Wiggle Room, we were thinking so hard about how to make parents comfortable, that we didn’t anticipate the amount of guests that one family would bring. There were some families that brought extended family in like 4-5 guests per family. Aside from the use of the seating, coffee and amenities, this obviously isn’t good if this prevents another Wiggler family from entering. So what we are going to do about this is put a limit on the number of guests allowed in per family. We are going to allow 2 non paying entrants in per family and charge $5 per entrant after that. So if mom and dad bring grandma and granddad that would be 4 non paying entrants and would need to pay $5 each for the additional 2 entrants (infants don’t count as an entrant). Now, we are also going to completely deny entrance to more than two adults/guests during peak times and at a time The Wiggle Room feels is a peak time. Those times usually are, but not limited to, rainy/cold/cruddy weekends.I hope everyone understands these new policy changes. We are learning as we go and we welcome any and all feedback on whatever you feel needs to be addressed, improved upon or works so well you couldn’t have done it better yourself :). Thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to you coming to see us!

We’re Open!

The Wiggle Room finally opened (yay!) on August 21st. Our opening day was celebrated with a solar eclipse party including solar sunglasses given out to our first 20 customers and ice cream! Thank you to our first open-play customers!

 

At The Wiggle Room, we believe kids should play on your schedule. We offer open play all day, stay as long as you want and feel free to leave and come back as often as you’d like. Our coffee bar is stocked as well as our fruit bowl (both free!).  We also have a party room equipped with toddler tables, fridge and sink at your disposal (no pun intended especially since the sink doesn’t have a garbage disposal, haha!).

There’s plenty of amenities for parents including a quiet room where nursing mamas can feed their little ones or use it as a space to calm an overly-excited child. It’s furnished with a Momaroo and a changing table for your convenience. Our parent’s lounge includes super comfy chairs, a hightop table and another Momaroo.

We offer several ways to get in the door. Either buy a daily pass, multi-day pass or a membership. Memberships include weekly story and music time, discount on birthday parties and discount on events.

Open Play Hours:
M-F        9a-7p
S-S        9a-1p
Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Pricing:
Memberships
$64/mo 1 Child
$89/mo Family

Daily Rate
$12 1st Sibling
$7 each Additional

Passes
$55 5 Passes
$100 10 Passes
$135 15 Passes

 

Grand Opening! The Wiggle Room’s grand opening is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th 10a-2p rain or shine. Get the kiddos ready to Touch A Truck!! There’s going to be a DJ, face painter, balloon artist and vendors for the parents. It’s all FREE!!

 

Classes are starting soon. First up music time and story time, both are free for our members and available with a daily rate entry for non-members. All classes are first come first served, limited attendees available so get there early. Here’s the September schedule for Music and Story Time:

Music:

Monday 9/11 10:30 am

Monday 9/18  10:30 am

Story Time:

Tuesday 9/5  5:30pm (2 & under 5:30; 3 & over 6:00)

Thursday 9/7 9:30am (2 & under 9:30; 3 & over 10:00)

Tuesday 9/12  5:30pm (2 & under 5:30; 3 & over 6:00)

Thursday 9/14 9:30am (2 & under 9:30; 3 & over 10:00)

Tuesday 9/19  5:30pm (2 & under 5:30; 3 & over 6:00)

Thursday 9/21 9:30am (2 & under 9:30; 3 & over 10:00)

Tuesday 9/26  5:30pm (2 & under 5:30; 3 & over 6:00)

Thursday 9/28 9:30am (2 & under 9:30; 3 & over 10:00)

 

Who’s ready to dance and sing with their kids? Zumbini is coming to The Wiggle Room! A free trial class will be available for Saturday, September 16th at 9:15am. Be on the lookout on how to sign up.

Thinking of booking a birthday party? We’ve got you covered with four packages ranging from pizza to bounce house options. Check out our birthday page for more information and to book.

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Opening date and pricing update… update

We are working hard to get The Wiggle Room open and have some fantastic news…we PASSED our final inspection!!! That means we’ll be opening our doors soon. We have our soft opening planned for family and friends (by invitation only) on August 19th and we’re planning to open our doors to the public on August 21st, so mark your calendars! The Grand Opening will be in September and we are planning a great event for everybody. Keep your eyes open for that announcement.

 

We participated in the Stuff the Bus event to provide school supplies to underprivileged kids this upcoming school year.  If you made it to the event at Chick-fil-A at Waugh Chapel then you saw Gary make his first ever appearance. Here he is with Louie and the Chick-fil-A cow:

 

 

Thank you to the nearly 200 people who responded to our latest poll. We learned a lot from your responses.

 

Pricing

We are excited to announce that we have adjusted our pricing model based on many factors including, in large part, your feedback.. We based our other pricing model on some super conservative numbers, this was before we realized how excited the people in our community would be for our little establishment. So we’ve adjusted our attendance projections a little to allow for more attendance than we initially thought.  Here is what we’ve come up with:

 

Daily rate – $12/first child, $7/per sibling

Monthly memberships – $64 first child, $89 per family (unlimited siblings aged 5 and under)

Play passes – 5 pack $55, 10 pack $100, 15 pack $135

Classes – We are going to be offering a plethora of different classes. Based in part from your suggestions, we are planning to offer classes like, Speech Therapy, Baby Sign, Art, Science, Dance, Zumbini (zoomba for toddlers) and much more. We will have a suggestion box at the front for you to add your own class suggestions in.

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We need your help again!

Don’t forget to fill out the survey at the bottom of the page!

We appreciate everyone’s feedback to help us make The Wiggle Room a part of our community. As parents of 3 kids under age 4 (3 months, 2 years, 3 years), we designed the Wiggle Room for what we would like to see as parents. We have taken our kids to nearly every type of activity under the sun in order to keep them active, and of course, keep ourselves sane. One of the things we found at these places is they are targeted only to the kids; which is great for them, but sucks for us. We were STRESSED OUT trying to keep an eye on them making sure they weren’t getting trampled by bigger kids or getting lost. Most had no place to sit, much less a place to nurse. Trying to get to a class as our toddler decides to have a meltdown walking out the door or decides to take an extra long nap was a NIGHTMARE.

The Wiggle Room is designed with parents in mind, and frankly, as the focus. It’s specific to ages 0-5 years old children so no big kids running over little kids. It’s large enough to have enough activities (large building blocks, library, crafts, kitchen…) to stay occupied for hours, yet small enough such that you can easily see & access your kids when needed. We believe that our children can learn, be entertained and burn off energy without sacrificing our own comfort.

The classes that we will offer (and we will offer them!) will be about everything and anything. It will have something for the kids, and for the parents. We’ll have speech therapy classes and we’ll have science classes. The endless possibilities of classes is….. endless. If you want a class, let us know. We’ll try to get one together for you!

 

So here’s what we got for parents:

We have a crawler’s corner physically separated from the “bigger” kid area and has its own seating area. It has sight lines to the “bigger” kid area for those parents with crawlers and runners.

Our main parent’s lounge has clear sight lines to the main play area and has comfortable seating with no obstructions such that you can easily get to your kids when needed. The chairs are big enough to accommodate your handbag, diaper bag or whatever and the arm rests are wide enough for a laptop or tablet.

We have a quiet room centrally located in the space for moms who prefer privacy while feeding or if a child needs a break to calm down. It’s equipped with two gliders, a Momaroo and a changing table.

We’re offering free fruit for the kids to hedge off hangry’ness and free coffee for the sleep deprived parents.

You Said It, We Did It: per our earlier poll, our hours accommodate stay-at-home families as well as working families. Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm; Sat – Sun 9am – 1pm. Birthday Parties Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Here’s what we have planned for the kiddos:

In addition to the play structure, play house, pretend kitchen, large building blocks, train, library, crafts… We also have:

Weekly scavenger hunt: every week a new scavenger hunt will be available for your little to practice identifying and locating items throughout the Wiggle Room. This is perfect for awareness, problem solving, shape and color identification.

Weekly story time: a story will be read to your littles in our Library nook to help inspire imagination. Provided weekday mornings and possibly other times depending on demand.

Weekly music time: Julia will engage your littles with song, dance and instruments. Provided weekday mornings and possibly other times depending on demand.

 

Monthly movie morning: Once a month we’ll show a movie related to our theme. Provided weekend morning

Monthly theme: every month we will have a new theme and our scavenger hunt, story time, music time, arts and crafts and movie will relate to the theme.

Events: every month we will have a special event related to the theme

Monthly date night: drop your little off for 1.5 hours of play while you enjoy dinner at Mama Angela’s (right next door!). Provided weeknight

How to get in the door:

Memberships (monthly, prepaid, pass packs, annual)

Daily

Memberships Include the following:

Story Time

Music with Julia

Movie Morning

Discount on Date Night

Discount on Birthday Parties

Unlimited daily entry to open play

 

Wiggle Room Progress

Hi Future Wigglers!

Gary the octopus here. I’m here to give you the 411 on the upcoming Wiggle Room. Also to tell you about job opportunities and a VERY important coffee update below. If you missed the first couple newsletters, you should check out our Facebook page and give them a look! So for this blog post, I’m going to pick up where I left off.

Paint

So, as of today, we have 12 paint samples on the wall. Thats right, 12 (thankfully I’ve got 8 arms so it went fairly quickly)! Let me tell you, it is HARD to pick paint. Like, really hard. Luckily, after some insight from my human friends, we’ve landed on a color for the main area. We are planing on keeping the color on the walls light and neutral-ish and then adding color in decorations and toys.

Carpet and Vinyl

We’ve ordered the carpet and the vinyl plank and once drywall and paint are finished, that will go down. Then the fun begins with putting the toys together! Luckily, Mike is pretty handy so it should go pretty smooth (contrary to what his wife is saying).

Job Opportunities

We are starting the hiring process in about 1-2 weeks of the date of this post. We are looking for both full and part time people. We want people that are energetic, happy and love customer service. We’ll make an announcement in about 2 weeks about how to apply. So look out for that.

Coffee

Then, there’s the coffee machine…. UGH! You know, things are much easier under the sea. There is WAY less Health Department bureaucracy there. So the issue is this, my coffee loving human friends, we want to provide a gourmet coffee experience for our parents… for FREE! You, the parents, are what we based our business around.  We want you to be able to come here, let your children have an enormous amount of fun all the while, you’re able to relax, work, read and have a gourmet cup of Joe.

So, here’s the rub: The Health Department is requiring a food service license if we plan to have any dairy. Which, of course, your gourmet cups of coffee, lattes, macchiatos or whatever you drink will have in it! So, why not just go get a food service license you ask? Well, that’s the easy part. The hard part is all the infrastructure required to have the license.

(I’m going to be real with you here for a minute) In order for us to have milk in a machine there are several things the county is requiring which are: a commercially rated Super Automatic Espresso Machine that is NSF rated or equivalent, a 3 compartment sink in the back for ware washing (like the parts to the machine and the mugs), a hand sink near the three compartment sink so that we can wash our hands after washing the dishes, a grease trap under the three compartment sink (to catch the ‘grease’ or milk fat from the milk we’ll be washing off the parts and mugs), a commercial cold storage refrigerator (which really isn’t that big of a deal), the architect needs to submit new plans with all the modifications to the county and a partridge in a pear tree…

So, ok what if we have a machine that doesn’t have milk? Like a super heavy duty Keurig? Then we don’t need a food service license at all! In fact, we don’t need to have anything from the county. As long as we have shelf stable creamers and K-Cup pod type coffee then we don’t need anything. The only problem with that, is that it isn’t very gourmet. That doesn’t really scream high end coffee and that is exactly the opposite of what we want.

So here’s the biggest shock. (I’m going to get real with you again) The price difference between the two. So the first option with the gourmet coffee and all the Health Department regulations will cost us about $16,000 which includes a $7,000 coffee machine. Wait, What!? $7K for a freakin coffee machine? Just get a cheaper one! Been down there… Still down there… We can’t get anything cheaper than that because there isn’t any commercially approved self serve Super Automatic Espresso Machines cheaper than that. That literally is the cheapest one we found. The super heavy duty Keurig? About $650. No infrastructure. No grease trap. No Health Department.

So what are you going to do? Well, thats the $16,000 question (see what I did there?). What we are more than likely going to do, is just do it. We believe in The Wiggle Room so much and it’s customers that we are going to do it and know that you, the parent, will LOVE it!

 

 

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2225-G Defense Hwy.

Crofton, MD 21114

Mon-Thu: 9a-5p

Friday: 9a-7p

Sa, Su: 9a-1p

Birthdays occur after 1pm on weekends