There is nothing worse than cold weather and a young child or children, in my case. I’m convinced the scenario is designed to make all parents lose what little sanity we have left. All winter long I fantasize about what it would be like to pack my crew up and take up residence in Florida or California. I’m just not cut out for frigid temps. I cringe thinking about having to go to the same indoor play area on repeat all winter, so my boys don’t tear my house apart. (Well that happens anyways, but that’s a whole different topic).
We already have a membership to almost every family option in Richmond, but the one place I hadn’t explored yet was Romp n’ Roll. I know, embarrassing, considering its 4 minutes from my house. We grabbed our socks, donned our most comfy apparel, hopped in the Camry (HA, I wish it was this easy. Let’s be real I chased them around the house as I worked up a sweat like I ran to China and back) and headed to Busy Street!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the front desk staff who had name tags created and was ready to check our family in. I was a little nervous because Palmer (my 3-year-old) was headed into a Silly Science class on his own. I prepped him beforehand and told him that he was going to a big boy class on his own, so he was PUMPED. He didn’t hesitate or look back when he heard the welcome song that the teachers use welcoming the children to class. Off he went, and Grayson and I were greeted a few minutes later into his Toddler Tunes class with other 10-24-month-olds. First impressions are critical for me, and we were off to a fabulous start with the smiling faces and cheerful demeanor.
Grayson was welcomed to the toddler group and introduced as a new friend. We met Rompy, the dog mascot, and began by singing and then reading a short story and talking about the weekly theme, Farm Animals. We entered the gym for a structured 45-minute combination of free play, bubble dancing, parachute fun, and singing. The activities were engaging, fun, and interactive. There was a schedule, a plan, and a purpose to all things we did with the kids. I LOVED that the teacher was also prompting parents on how to engage with their children as well (social worker mom over here was swooning by this point). I was impressed that parents are involved in this class and play alongside their child. We ended the class by singing a goodbye song and telling Rompy we would see him soon! Earning a stamp for putting shoes back on was the perfect way to encourage the children to assist with that final task before heading out of the door. Or in my case, football hold carrying Palmer out of the door because he loved it so much he was refusing to leave! (Worst mom ever when I told him we did, in fact, have to go home and couldn’t remain at Romp n’ Roll all day!)
We have now attended Silly Science, Pirates, Open Gym, Arts and Crafts, and Toddler Tunes, classes. We have LOVED, and I mean LOVED every single one. Scheduling class is easy through the Mind-Body App or website, which reserves a space for your child. I got a little choked up (No surprise there for those that know me) being able to have 45 minutes with one on one time with Grayson. All parents and caregivers who manage multiple children will understand that it’s hard to get one on one time with each child. I needed that time to have no phone, no distractions and just be there 100% for him mentally and physically. Moms of multiples, don’t despair, there are daily options with corresponding classes for siblings. This is what sealed the deal for us. The art classes are great because its one less mess you have to clean up. The items are provided, the fun occurs, and you get to go home without a new masterpiece on your kitchen wall or without the family pet getting a new colorful stripe added to their fur coat.
So, here we are a little over 1 month later – members of another RVA family establishment and happy as can be. In addition to amazing classes where you can be present with your kids there are times during the week where children, age 2-5 can be dropped off for a fun class while adults can run errands, shop, get a mani/pedi, wander the aisles of Target (every mom’s dream!) or heck, go take a nap! (You’ve earned it!) Romp N Roll also offers Kids Night Out class with pizza and evening fun for date nights for parents as well as camps during school holidays. You are not locked into an annual contract either! When we factored in this added benefit, coupled with sibling discount, and the ability for a nanny to bring boys to class at no extra cost it was a no-brainer.
Calling all parents, caregivers, grandparents, friends and shoppers – as we enter the holiday season and our homes become overcrowded with loud, annoying, plastic toys made in other countries that our children will play with for 5 seconds and then end up in a bag for Goodwill – check out Romp n’ Roll for a gift card or a month membership for a loved one. For my friends across the river in the West End, don’t despair there’s a location close by to you as well! Promise its worth every penny! Rompy and the Smith Crew are ready to play!
Are you Romp n’ Roll lovers? Have you tried out a free class yet? If not, schedule your free intro class here. See you soon!