Earlier last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Diana Normatov, the new owner of Cup O’ Fun Café, soon to be called Little Curious Explorers – Development and Enrichment Center. What happened to the previous owner you ask? Life happened. The lovely couple had to sell it quickly in order to relocate and support an ill family member. While we were all happy to see life breathed into the old Children’s Safari as it switched hands, I think the newest owner has a great line up for moms and children in our community and beyond.
“We want to bring to the community endless possibilities that cater to children’s development through fun and exploration,” says Diana who holds a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology, an M.S. in both Students with Disabilities and Early Childhood Education, birth to grade 2. “Our goal is to unsettle their minds, expand their limits, stimulate their intellects, and allow them to recognize of their own endless capabilities.”
I became excited just hearing about all of the details that will make Little Curious Explorers – Development and Enrichment Center stand out from other children’s play spaces. You can tell that Diana is truly passionate about the changes that are coming. I was prompted to learn more about her background and learned that she has an extensive background in special education including generating evaluation reports for students’ progress to support recommendations for student development; incorporating special learning strategies for learning disabled students; following an IEP, and more.
It’s more than just a play space and birthday party venue. To the naked eye, no physical changes have been made yet but they are in the works. However, there are a few things in store you must know about.
Be sure to check their monthly calendar or follow them on Facebook for special events and classes. Stop in for a lunch date with Spongebob, enjoy a Belly Dance Class (10 yrs+), make your own play-doh, and enjoy some arts and crafts. Wild & Wacky Monday’s in August offer special ½ priced discounts for the 2nd child. Some events require an RSVP and include Open Play.
3-Hour Enrichment Program (9 a.m. – 12 p.m./12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
What’s most exciting is that a 3-hour, 5-day enrichment program for children ages 2 – 4 years old will launch this September. Many moms are scrambling and looking for a program for their children right about now. Look no further! This program will encourage children to explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment through hand-on experiences and includes some of the classes listed below.
The class line-up is perfect for kids of all ages…. including you!
• Tutus and Tiaras: Walkers – 4 yrs – 30 mins.
• Music Together: Ages 0 – 5 yrs – 45 mins.
• Soccer Shots: Ages 2 – 3 yrs – 30 mins.; 3 – 5 yrs. – 40 mins.
• Bricks 4 Kidz: Ages 3 – 4 yrs – 45 mins.; 5 – 8 yrs 60 mins.; 9+ yrs – 60 mins.
• Belly dance: Ages 10 + 60 mins.
• Yoga: Ages 6 wks – crawling 45 mins.; crawler-18 mos 45 mins.; 18 mos – 4 yrs – 45mins;
Adults – 60 mins.
• Alef Bet Program: All ages 60 mins.
• Paper crafting/Jewelry Making: (ages 9 – 11 yrs. – 60 mins.; 12 – 18 – 60 mins.
• Zumba/Zumba Kids/Zumba Kids Jr./Zumbini (Ages 4+)
• T.Y.D.I. Kids Etiquette Program (Ages 7 yrs – 11 yrs; 12 yrs – 17 yrs – 60 mins)
• More classes coming this Fall!
Drop Off Programs
When you simply can’t find a sitter for date night, lunch with friends, or even a job interview, one option is to use their Mommy Time or Date Night Drop Off program. For 3-hours, your little one will enjoy creative play time, arts and crafts, a meal/snacks, and more.
Wait! There’s more! Special group play date discount available for 8+ children. Space rental available for dance rehearsals, auditions, performances, events, workshops, etc.
Where was this years ago when I needed it?
For rates and reservations to any of the programs listed above, please call Cup O’ Fun Café at (516) 872-2600 and don’t forget to tell them Valley Stream Mom sent you!
Cup O’ Fun Café
6 Rockaway Avenue
Valley Stream, NY
QOTD: What do you think about all of the new changes in store? Answer below and enter for a chance to win a free Open Play session or any calendar special event. Giveaway ends September 19th.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cup O’ Fun Café. I was compensated for this post, however all personal opinions are truly my own.
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