Photos courtesy of Playdipity
Winters were long for Hingham sisters and stay-at-home moms Amanda Zani and Tamsin Garside. With few places to go with kids, and not many unscheduled entertainment options, the women often ended up stuck at home with little to do.
The quandary sparked an idea for the duo, who opened up their children’s play space – Playdipity - in Cohasset last month.
According to a release, Playdipity – a take on the words “play” and “serendipity” – is a gathering place for caregivers and children, and allows moms to bring their kids to a new place while at the same time interacting with their peers.
“We thought play and serendipity – spontaneously interacting with people, finding friends here, when you just want to go out and there are other kids to talk to,” Garside said in a phone interview.
The space, located at 132 Chief Justice Cushing Highway in Cohasset, features children- sized boats and cars, dress-up clothes, doll houses, play structures, and numerous other toys intended to spark the imagination.
Although they both live in Hingham, Garside with a 3-year-old son and Zani with her 2-and 4-year-old daughters, Cohasset seemed like the perfect settling point.
“We’re both living in Hingham, but Cohasset we thought was a good meeting point from Hingham, Hull, Scituate, Marshfield -- the areas that have a lot of staying-at-home parents, younger children, and a need for a space such as ours,” Garside said.
And even though the space has been open only since June 18, the business already is seeing success.
“We’ve had some great feedback from customers, a lot of repeat customers...and we’re happy with the response we’re receiving from people,” Garside said.
The business offers day passes for parents at $9 a day, or $64 for an eight-pass option. People can come in in the morning and go home for lunch, then return in the afternoon, or come multiple times a week for a few hours at a time.
The playroom is suitable for children up to age 5, and features an infant area for the younger children. The entire space is open, Garside said, which parents like because they can easily see their children.
“We want people to feel comfortable coming here, people to see it as their home away from home and come back week after week,” Garside said. “We’re hoping for [people to come in during] long winters and rainy days when you just need to get out of the house and have an activity to do.”
For more information, call 781-923-1749.