Imagine a place you can go to relax, sip on some coffee or tea, and play with your little one’s in a modern, fun, and comfortable atmosphere. Guess, what? This place actually exists, and it’s here in Jacksonville. Located near the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and San Pablo Road, a mother’s (and baby’s) dream come true awaits. When you walk in, you’re greeted with a smile by the awesome staff that learns your child’s name faster than you can remember theirs. Inspired by Montessori and Waldorf education principles, Bay & Bee has created a wonderful play environment. They have an indoor climbing area, an awesome train table, kitchen, store, dress up clothes, art table, and a huge collection of unique toys.
Their motto is “Play Hard, Nap Hard” and that’s exactly what we do. The play center is designed for infants, babies, toddlers and their parents or care givers. They are currently open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, and Weekends, 9am-1pm. Admission is membership based but first time visitors are welcome to try it out free of charge.
I decided to get a membership here because my little one was climbing the walls at home. We’ve done a lot of activities around town, so it was time for something new. I wish I would have signed up while hubby was deployed because it would have been a great way to connect with other moms. I’ve met so many great people there in just a few short weeks. They also have a month to month option where you can freeze your membership for months at a time depending on your schedule. I like having that flexibility.
If you’re a mom with multiple little ones, there are places to sit and nurse your baby comfortably while your toddler plays. Or, there are bouncers and pillows for infants to sit in while you play with your toddlers. For me, I can actually sit and relax while playing with my son; something that is often hard for me to do at home, because I’m easily distracted by work or everyday household activities.
Plus, they have classes included for free with your membership like Mommy and Me Yoga, essential oils, baby wearing, and cloth diapering. Birthday parties are included in the annual membership. They offer a military discount of 10% off membership which sweetened the appeal even more for me. Check it out!
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