A Space to Play
Our play space is designed to engage young children. We carefully select each item with the developmental needs of children from birth through kindergarten in mind. Some toys encourage children to imagine, play pretend, or create. Some encourage cognitive development through design and problem-solving. Some encourage physical development through big movement and active play. We have a special area for infants, and a space just for art. We especially focus on toys that allow for open-ended play and avoid electronic toys.
In our play space, your child might find structures that let them climb, slide, and jump. They might find toys to ride, dress-up clothing to wear, building supplies, large vehicles, baby dolls, or a train table. They might find a dollhouse to explore, books to read, musical instruments to play, puzzles to solve, or a kitchen with pretend food to cook.
Infants and toddlers under age two will enjoy a special area just for them. This section of the space is surrounded by a gate to allow these youngest players to explore, safely separated from the more rambunctious older children. This section is designed for the tiniest babies, rollers, crawlers, and new walkers.
Our space also includes an eating area with kid-sized tables and chairs. Our kitchen has a sink, microwave, refrigerator, and Keurig for use by members and visitors. We stock coffee and a variety of kid-friendly snacks that can be purchased for a nominal fee.
Our play space is always changing and evolving! Our toys get a lot of love, and the normal wear-and-tear adds up. We phase out old, worn-out, and broken items to make room for exciting new toys. The space already looks a little bit different from these photos, but hopefully they give you an idea of what to expect.
Currently, our play space is CLOSED due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The very nature of a play space in which babies and very young children share toys means that germs spread easily, and we have to be very mindful of how and when we reopen.
When we do reopen, you can expect to see some changes to the play space as a way to reduce the spread of illness. There may be more empty space to promote physical distancing. Small toys or those with many pieces may be removed. Such toys are easily mouthed and frequently touched and passed between children. We are likely to have more of a focus on gross motor play and large toys that can be quickly and easily sanitized throughout the day. Even if things look a little different, though, our goal is the same as always: to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate space for young children to play.
Play Space Rules
When you play at the PTLL, we ask that you follow a few simple rules in order to keep things safe and enjoyable for everyone:
Supervise your child at all times. Remind them to play gently and take turns.
Be kind, considerate, and polite to other children and their grown-ups.
Respect the volunteers on duty if they ask you to do (or refrain from doing) something.
Keep all food/drink in the kitchen and eating area. Do not leave food unattended and clean up the table/floor when finished. (Thanks for helping to keep our friends with food allergies safe!)
Accompany your child to the bathroom and leave it clean for others.
Before you leave, please spend at least 10 minutes helping your child clean up toys.
Any toy that has been in a child's mouth must be placed in a blue "dirty toys" bucket! If your child's mouth has touched an object too large for the bucket, please alert a volunteer so that it can be sanitized.