As the assortment of kid's activity places around Needham continues to change, I was excited to learn more about Kidville in Wellesley. They recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Rugged Bear in Wellesley Square. There is a mix of studio space for classes, a large gym, plus a small retail assortment. While your kids are in class, you can pick up a couple of birthday presents!
Our first stop was at the Rockin' Railroad. This is one of their signature classes and it's offered for a wide range of ages, up to age 5. I attended a class with a mix of ages, which is great for a parent looking for an option for siblings. My little guy enjoyed the variety of the class, including puppets, dancing, story time, drums and bubbles. The music was a little loud to start, but seemed fine once everyone warmed up a little. I liked the space where the class was held, there is one well placed window that allows natural light in from the entryway. It made if feel less box-like than some other music classes I have attended.
Next up was a test run at the open gym, along with 15 other families from my Parent Talk Playgroup. The gym is average size and we filled the room with all the littles and moms together. Thankfully no one ran into each other as there were enough activity stations to keep kids separate. The long trampoline was probably the biggest hit.
You do need to be a member to use the open gym. However, there will be some "Shop and Play" events happening where if you spend $20 in the retail boutique, you can play for free. Follow the Kidville Wellesley Facebook page to get updates on when the events are available.
Kidville offers a variety of classes including Rockin' Railroad, sports-oriented classes like baseball, dance, gymnastics and soccer, and art classes. The sessions are longer than most of the other area programs, 16 weeks. The summer session starts May 6th and runs until August 19th. On average, it's about $30/class session making it slightly more expensive than other local competitors. (Specifically Music Together across the street and LINX.) The class size however will be smaller, which may be better for some children.
Overall I enjoyed our little adventure at Kidville. The space feels very fresh and fun and it's totally deceiving to see how far back the space goes. Kidville also offers birthday party packages that make it easy for family and friends to just show up and enjoy the event. A hair salon is coming soon, but I can't guarentee your child will want to get out of the adorable airplane chair after their hair cut is done!
About the Author
Emily Roach is the writer/owner of Random Recycling, a blog focused on green living for modern families. She lives in Needham with her husband, two children, and is expecting baby number-three this summer. She loves to cook, garden and spend time at the beach. Kidville allowed complimentary access to their location to help facilitate this review. All opinions shared here are my own.