I'm Jenna Chew; a parent, a wife, a Rochester City lover, and an educator with a passion for parent support and all forms of play!
For the better part of a decade I have been imaging, planning and designing a beautiful, safe space where young children (ages 0-7 years old) can participate in awesome, unstructured play. A space where children play while adults get to relax and socialize with each other! Now more than ever, parents are seeking out these types of family-friendly community environments; spaces just to PLAY! And while we have playgrounds and museums, the City of Rochester doesn't have an indoor playspace specifically for our youngest community members to get creative and imaginative while their parents are encouraged to take a seat and connect with one another.
Hippity Hip offers all of this, and more! Its a beautifully designed, bright, open space adorned with well-crafted play materials and toys that ignite creative thinking, illicit imaginative play and make it impossible for a child not to explore. Its a natural and peaceful environment but surely an engaging one! Its a welcoming space that supports parents and encourages parents to support one another.
Our open-play hours will run a few mornings a week with a sprinkle of afternoon open play time to meet a variety of family schedules. To make our space highly accessible to all families, we'll offer daily drop-in rates based on age (adults, babies in arms and children over age 7 are always free!), play pass punchcards, and monthly memberships.
But wait, there's even more! Hippity Hip is a celebration space too! We'll serve as a private party and special event venue when we're not holding open play. We'll provide a safe, open space for play, where the children and adults can relax and enjoy the party while we do all of the coordinating. We'll offer party bundles allowing you to customize your party however you would like. Think: ... personalized birthday banners, beautiful dessert tablescapes, customized party favors, themed crafts/activities, and extra special add-ons like live music, bubble parties, and yoga sessions!
And what's even cooler about Hippity Hip is that we'll be collaborating with local Rochester artisans to offer a fun variety of creative classes for kids AND adults! Its a true community space that will bring us together in many ways!
Doesn't this all sound amazing?! But here's the thing: none of this will be possible without your help! The funds collected through our campaign will go directly to the start-up costs of opening this wonderful community space. We've secured the PERFECT location in the South Wedge neighborhood, but to bring it to life, we'll need some stuff! :
Safe and sturdy lounge furniture for our parents and little people
Solid wood tables (big and small)
Cozy decor to help make the space feel like home
Well-crafted, durable toys and play materials to engage a multitude of ages
Supplies to help us craft the most unique and hip parties in the city
All the necessities to help us keep our shared space neat, clean and tidy
This is a space for the community but we need the support of the community to help us launch!
Risks and challenges
With any new business comes risks. Creating a space that is inviting to all families and folks is our mission, so spreading word to the community about our vision will be vital to our success. We're fully ready to put forth the effort, the time, and the love to bring this vision to fruition.
We truly believe that this space is an asset to our local Rochester community and will provide an experience unlike anything else in our city.
As our space opens and evolves, we'll continue to put forth the energy needed to ensure that what we're offering best meets the needs of our community. We'll learn and grow with all of the families that spend time with us.
Thank you for your loving support. We can't wait to see you at Hippity Hip soon!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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