Learning Fun For Kids And Parents
Children crawl through the center tube of a play caterpillar, climb into a house constructed of cushioned mats and trek over a soft bridge at WeePlay and Learn.
Nothing makes Mary Melzack, president of WeePlay and Learn, happier than seeing tiny tots singing songs, playing and learning their ABCs and 123s. That’s one reason she started the company.
“As a parent, you want the best for your child,” says Melzack, the mother of four. “I did this as a mom and as something I wanted for myself.”
Located at Ward Warehouse, WeePlay and Learn has sessions for infants to 5-year-olds. Parents can participate in programs with their children, or drop off their children for other programs. They can come anytime once a week, or sign up for unlimited sessions led by a staff of three full-time and two part-time employees. There also are workouts for parents three times a week, presently yoga, Pilates, cardio burn and turbo kick-boxing.
“Parents love the social aspect,” says Melzack. “It becomes like a family.”
She even offers monthly haircuts for the children.
What spurred Melzack to start her company was her son David, who is now 8.
“I tried watching some of the TV shows with him and doing the activities, but that wasn’t enough,” she recalls. “I joined all kinds of play huis and museum activities, and I still wanted more.”
WeePlay and Learn opened in 2004 in Koko Marina and operated there for five years. She took a year off, then reopened in September 2008 in a 10,000-square-foot space on the second floor at Ward Warehouse. Before Melzack opened WeePlay and Learn, she worked as a shopping center developer for 20 years. Melzack acknowledges the support of her friends and family, especially husband Brian, a busy man himself who owns four Bestsellers Books and Music stores here on Oahu, and their four children: David; Arianna, 7; Georgina, 2, and Constadina, 1.
“I feel I’ve made a difference,” she says about those who have come through the programs.
Melzack is also getting set to launch a parent/child pre-school in January.
WeePlay and Learn is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 396-2100, or log onto weeplayandlearn.com.
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