Ever since my family visited We Rock the Spectrum Columbus for the first time back in February, my son has been asking to return. He’s four-years-old (almost five), and he’s obsessed with his “new gym.” Case in point: he spent a busy two-and-a-half hours playing and exploring during our latest visit in late May 2018.
On a recent Saturday morning, Ms. Holly greeted us with a huge smile and friendly, “Hi friends!” when we visited for Open Play at 9am. My daughter (three-years-old) joined, too. To see her growth and independence since our last visit brought real joy and pride.
And that’s part of the beauty of We Rock the Spectrum Columbus: the entire gym fosters growth and independence in young children. There are easy physical challenges, like a trampoline or swings, that build to more difficult obstacles, like a rope ladder or zipline. My daughter began our visit afraid to do the zipline; within an hour, she was smiling and zip lining on her own. When we asked what her favorite part of the gym was, she gleefully said, “Zipline!”
We Rock the Spectrum also adds and changes equipment and toys regularly. My kids enjoyed new swings during the visit, and my son loved the make-believe veterinarians costume and toy set.
While the largest space centers on physical play, there are several smaller spaces for arts and crafts, make-believe, toys, puzzles, and trains. There’s also a “Calming Room,” a small space with low light, comfy pillows, headphones, and a few other sensory activities to help anyone who needs a moment alone. My son took advantage of the room after a long stretch of ziplining and playing games.
While both of our children are typically developing, my wife and I know that what’s good for a child with special needs is good for any child. The staff at We Rock the Spectrum agrees. Ms. Holly engaged positively with our children, giving praise for “good choices” and helping them conquer nervousness, either with physical challenges or with new friends. She also helped my kids put on costumes, she engaged with their make-believe play, and she loved talking with my daughter.
I could not be more impressed with Ms. Holly’s hands-on, positive care with my children and the other friends and families who showed up during our visit. Children of all ages and abilities can expect quality attention and appropriate care.
After two-and-a-half hours, my children were still going strong. But Mommy and Daddy were ready for lunch. (One of our favorite places in Columbus is only a few minutes away. If you haven’t been there, you’re missing out.) We left with happy, exhausted kids, though both told us that they wanted to go back soon.
We Rock the Spectrum Columbus offers much more than just a drop-in playspace. They offer birthday party packages, perfect for the family looking for an age- or developmentally-appropriate celebration. Ms. Holly explained that birthday parties have been especially popular–some families have already scheduled as far out as September.
Word has indeed spread about We Rock the Spectrum Columbus: one family was visiting from Dayton, and others have visited from as far as Lima. Ms. Holly mentioned that many families who come to Columbus for doctor’s appointments make it a point to stop and play at We Rock the Spectrum, creating a full day’s adventure for their child.
New to We Rock the Spectrum is We Rock Care, a service where parents can drop off children for up to three hours at a time. Depending on the child’s specific needs, prices range from $12-per-hour for typical care to $20-per-hour for one-on-one care.
Parents’ Night Out is also a big hit, with their most recent Friday night even selling out.
Daily Summer Programs are also available. Morning sessions run from 9am-12pm, and afternoon sessions run from 12:30pm-3:30pm. Snacks are included in every Summer Program.
We Rock the Spectrum Columbus is a perfect visit for families with children ages 1 to 12, especially those with children who have special needs. For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page. They also post great information on their Instagram feed.
You can read about my family’s initial visit to We Rock the Spectrum Columbus here.
Want to speak to someone at We Rock the Spectrum Columbus? Give them a call at 614-396-8773.