We are the Perez Family: Claudia (mom), Daniel (dad) and Sienna (daughter).
Thank you for your interest, here is a little bit of our story and why we have decided to dedicate our life to this new venture.
We focus on the parents experience as much as the child. Our ambiance has been designed to inspire in a calm setting. We aspire to encourage parents to invest in our future with intentional parenting and we want to guide you along your journey by providing positive information and cherished experiences.
The Millennial generation is the largest generation by population size in U.S. history. According to Dr. Kathleen Gerson, sociology professor at New York University and author of The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family, one of the biggest misconceptions about parenting today is that parents are less devoted than parents were decades ago. “The research shows this is not the case,” says Gerson. Even though many families now have two working parents, “the fact is that parents today are spending more time with their children than parents did in the 1950s.”
Millennial parents are a lot more involved in their children’s life and that includes planning extra curricular activities and scheduling free time with their children. The Millennial generation loves to schedule their time. Gerson says, “Free time increasingly is something you have to carve out. For many middle class families, it involves scheduling activities such as play dates."
Millennials are parenting different than other generations; they are using the Internet for researching the best products for their children and for parenting advice. According to a Baby Center stat, millennial moms spend on average about $13,000 per year on their child. In addition, Millennial parents are the highest users of social media, 90% of Millennial parents use social media, as opposed to 44% Gen-Xers and 35% Baby Boomers. The Play Date will collaborate with local artists on displaying art installations and photo-ops seasonally so family and friends will have a designated space for photos they can post on social media to share their experience at the Play Date.
According to the Pew Research Center, the number of stay-at-home moms is on the rise. At The Play Date we offer several classes that focus on first time moms, this gives the chance for moms to create a network and support group of other moms during this life changing time. The classes will guide moms through life’s most precious moments and the milestones ahead. It is important to The Play Date to build a sense of community between parents in order to inspire and support, while focusing on the children and their early development and learning opportunities.
The Play Date values are what inspire us and what we want to offer our community.
1. Play – Playing inspires curiosity and creativity, which develops our children’s imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, emotional strength. Play is important for healthy brain development. Through play children socialize and learn to be self-reliant at the same time. It gives them the chance to be independent, in a do it yourself (no helicopter parenting) kind of way.
2. Connect – Connecting with our children is really the core of intentional parenting. It is essential that we read and talk to our children right away. Reading stimulates a child’s imagination and expands their understanding of the world. This will develop their language and listening skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, learning words and most importantly hearing our voice. Playing music and singing to our children is also a great way to connect by expressing feelings and telling stories. Music helps our children with coordination and movement, developing their motor skills, and improving overall wellbeing by creating happiness and relaxation.
3. Wander – Wandering or shall we say exploring is important for our children because it empowers them to be curious about the world and care about our environment and other cultures. By wandering they are able to attain important motor skills like pulling up, crawling, standing, walking, climbing and running. Sensory play stimulates a child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.
Wandering is one of the first steps in learning about objects, how things work and problem solving. This is also part of daily physical activity, children should get both structured/adult-led and unstructured/free play daily.
4. Care – Caring for our children and for our own self is essential in healthy development. As a parent it is important we invest in our body and mind so we can better attend to our children. This is key in intentional parenting, we need to make sure we are eating well, getting enough sleep, doing physical and mental activity so we can continue to grow and learn. Don’t forget brush your children’s teeth twice a day and put on sunscreen.
Healthy eating can prevent diseases and is important in establishing early eating habits. It is important children and parents have a well
balanced diet, it improves mood and boosts energy, which helps lead a longer happier life. Bedtime routines are important to establish from the beginning because children thrive on routine. This will help a child sleep better, which directly impacts their mental and physical development.
Daniel and I grew up in the city of Downey, we attended elementary and middle school together. After graduating from USC I moved to Los Angeles and spent about 10 years in the corporate world as a Fashion Buyer. Daniel started his own business, Ink Head Design & Prints, which focuses on Screen Printing, Embroidery and Promotional Products.
In 2015 we got married on our 10 year anniversary and a year later we were expecting our first child. We decided to move back to Downey, to be close by our parents, since we knew that it would take a village.
In 2017 Sienna was born and it was the moment that changed my life forever. It brought so much meaning to my life, I wanted to make a big impact in her life, I wanted to set her up for the best life she could live. I started reading to her right away and researched local mommy and me classes, but there were far from few. I had to drive around to different cities to take different mommy and me classes or to have a play date with other friends. The cities with the best options were Culver City and Pasadena, both about 40+ minutes from Downey, which is a rough drive with a baby.
In 2018 we decided we would create a space for our community, I saw the impact these classes and opportunities had on Sienna. I wanted to offer this opportunity to all children. According to "Zero to Three" a child's brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three years old, producing more than a million neural connections each second. This is a crucial time in their life, why wouldn't there be a space that is for them that will nourish this development. We had a vision and we started saving, with our hard work and determination, the stars aligned and we got the keys in October. Daniel and I working full time, built and created the space ourselves. Daniel made most of the furniture like the reception desks, cubbies and the peg board, a true mom & pop operation.
In 2019 we opened our doors and it has been so rewarding to meet the parents and children in our community and to hear their concerns and ideas. We have so many ideas for what we want to do with the space and all of the classes & workshops we want to offer, but it has been really hard to self fund. We need your help to keep going! The goal is for several communities to be able to enjoy the space, we want to work with local artists on installations, bring toys from around the world that will help with development, offer more classes, stay open later and every day! We need your help to make this happen.
Here are a few of the amazing gifts you will receive if you donate towards a better future.
We can't wait to have the funds to continue our project and all of the great ideas we want to implement. Projects we are budgeting and goals are below, help us reach them!
We also want to stay open later for working parents during the week and open on Mondays! Currently we close at 6p and are closed on Mondays.
Risks and challenges
Honestly our biggest challenge is the funding!
We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to create this space, with our creative and innovative resources we got this up and running. However, it is still not to where we want it, we are like 60% there. We need your help to cover the remaining 40% to get the Play Date where it should be at 100%!
We have budgeted and were VERY conservative because we need the funds and as you can already see we are resourceful, doing a lot of the work and building ourselves.
We hope you can join us on our journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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