BY TERESA HAMMOND
As temperatures drop and outside play becomes a bit less abundant, parents of young children need not worry.
Thanks to the vision and passion of new business owner Michelle Giarratani, there is now a viable option for play dates and child interaction beyond pre-school or in home play dates. In late October, Giarratani opened Let’s Play, an indoor play facility geared toward children from one to seven years of age.
“Our toys are geared towards fine motor skills, education through role playing,” she said of Let’s Play at 1449 East F Street, Suite 103D, just adjacent to Save Mart in Oakdale. “Little kids love to mimic their parents and it helps to force their socialization in a really fun, great way.”
The previous stay at home mom shared it was her love for children as a whole, as well as her desire to work while remaining with her own children, Adam, 3 and Brooke, 18 months which sparked the business.
“I love kids,” she said. “I just wanted to bring my kids to work with me.”
The layout and variety of the play space was inspired by children’s museums throughout the Bay Area, as well as similar locations in the Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas areas. Let’s Play is not a daycare facility, however it does host “drop off” events on occasion.
Utilizing her inspiration, play structures including a “Man Cave,” play house and market were built in the location for children to role play, pretend and interact with one another.
“It’s a little town back there that the kids seem to like,” she stated. “Then we have the rock wall and awesome slide so the kids can just play.”
Giarratani hosts Date Night events for parents, two Saturdays a month. Reservations for children must be made in advance to account for proper staffing.
“I love the idea of giving moms a place they can go on a play date that’s just fun and they don’t have to worry about the kids as much,” she shared of the day in and day out business.
Let’s Play is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Sunday. Birthday parties are also available week nights as well as Saturdays, with a variety of offerings for a tailor-made party.
For additional information and rate information contact Let’s Play at (209) 764-3983 or find them at Let’s Play on Facebook and Instagram.