An Inside Look At The New Duran Place For Kids In Oakville!

There’s a new sand box in town, and it’s not at your local playground!

Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the new Duran Place For Kids, as part of our Travelling Tots program.  Owned and operated by a local Oakville family, this unique play centre is based out of a beautifully restored commercial school in downtown Oakville.

The owners, Claudio Duran and Tina De Crisci, know a thing or two about children. They have five children, they are foster parents and Tina is an elementary teacher.

The previously mentioned sand box, is actually an entire room filled with Sandtastik sand!

Venture a few steps into the next room and your little one’s imagination can run wild with these life size building blocks.

The best part?  There’s a comfortable sitting lounge in between the two rooms where families can relax with a complementary coffee while surfing the free wi-fi (that is, if you can tear yourself away from playing yourself!)

The bottom floor reminds me of a modern wooden ski lounge – it’s currently being used for the centre’s variety of art programs – both for children and adults.  The space can also be rented for adult parties/meetings.  Liquor licenses available!

The middle floor is set up for music lessons.

The beautiful upper floor is filled with natural light via the original windows.  Families can enjoy a variety of activities up here like Salsa Tots, Yoga, ballet, Hip Hop, and Kickboxing.

A short flight of stairs up and you’re on the 1,300 square foot rooftop.  The owners are toying with a number of ideas as to how to use what is soon to be the most popular floor.  From a summer green space to create art, to a mini ice rink in the winter – the possibilities are only limited by the wild imagination.  Rumour has it that the roof top also boasts prime seating for the Oakville Santa Claus parade!

You’re sure to be delighted by all kinds of other surprises throughout the building, including beautiful artwork and 5 mini fairy doors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each floor is available to rent for parties, as each floor is equipped with its own kitchenette and washroom.  The only thing to be mindful of is that the rooms are only accessible via stairs – grandfathered in its use since major renovations in 2000.

There are a few parking spots onsite and some are also available on the street.  Entry fees for play are just $10/child.  Have fun exploring this amazing new addition to Oakville!

Since the girls are still young enough that I can pick the party themes, we went with a throw back to my childhood: Cabbage Patch Kids! The focal point of the party was the cupcakes.DSC_0737I made the cupcakes the day before the party. Chocolate cream cheese frosting topped with little cabbages made out of green fondant. Some of them had cabbage patch kids on them, all made out of fondant.DSC_0700

I thought it would be cute to make a stand for them, as if it was a Cabbage Patch garden.DSC_0636I covered two cutting boards in white wrapping paper and then stacked them on top of each other to give the extra height in the middle. Using mini popsicle sticks, I built a fence around the boards.

DSC_0720Continuing with the theme, Cabbage Patch Kids stickers were added to everything – water bottles, cups, goody bags etc. Below is homemade play dough, in matching colours to the party, that was in the goody bags.DSC_0645DSC_0815Old and new Cabbage Patch Kids!

-Megan

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