Dana Hale thought of having an indoor play space for children 6 years and younger after having her first child and realizing she didn’t have anywhere to take her that just catered to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
“I wanted a space where parents and caregivers could relax while watching their children and not have to worry about their safety,” Hale said. “Everything in Lovebug’s Playground was designed to create a soft, safe and clean space for young children to play. We have a playset, foam pieces for climbing, sliding and building, trampolines, imaginative play equipment, race cars, a roller coaster and much more.”
Hale had already implemented several safety procedures pre-COVID-19 since the area is for young children, including sanitizers, a slobber basket for toys that have been put in a child’s mouth, deep cleaning every evening and cleaning every two hours. Now during the pandemic, the playground will close between 1-2 p.m. for another deep clean, adults will wear masks, and temperature checks will be administered upon arrival.
“I’m also only allowing 20 percent capacity at the moment,” Hale said. “And, families can reserve the whole facility if they wish. I’ll have gloves, masks, wipes, and more available for parents/caregivers who need it. This way parents, too, can wipe down equipment if they would like, as you would at a gym. I’ve spaced the tables and chairs 6 feet apart, too, in the eating area. And, all the (nut-free) snacks and drinks I’m selling are individually packaged.”
Lovebug’s Playground opened Wednesday at 965 Pinemont Dr. #600 in the same center as Ploughman’s Deli and Marchese’s Kitchen. Contact the business at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit lovebugsplayground.com. The playground is also on Facebook and Instagram.
Brick and mortar for Tanoholics Anonymous, Feathers + Thorns
Jenni Ferrell has been offering sunless airbrush tanning, sunless products and candles through Tanoholics Anonymous as well as handmade jewelry under her Feathers + Thorns moniker. Now, both of these businesses will have a brick-and-mortar location at 2107 W. 43rd St., next to MytiBurger.
The plans now are for a soft opening in late July. Complimentary beverages, including soda, wine and coffee, will be available. The phone number is 832-303-0327.
Online coding classes for kids by FlameGrower
Heights resident Edward Ferguson, who owns FlameGrower Marketing, is the father of three children under 12, so he understands the need to keep kids engaged in meaningful activity over the summer.
Ferguson is launching online coding classes for elementary and early middle school children starting July 7. The virtual classes are small and offer individualized instruction. They will meet one time a week for four weeks. The three levels are: Scratch (Jr) 1 at 11 a.m. (ages 6-8), Scratch 2 at 9 a.m. (ages 7-10) and Roblox at 1 p.m. (ages 8-12).
“Since children are stuck at home, as a result of COVID-19, many people are still not attending camps but there still is a need for children to creatively express themselves,” Ferguson said. “Additionally, since it looks like computers will be taking a much larger presence in education than previous years, it’s good to keep our youth engaged with a fun educational alternative to watching videos and playing games.”
Visit https://courses.thewebpagesite.com for more information.
Virtual music lessons
Oak Forest Elementary School music teacher Tim McBreen is offering a 50 percent discount off of July/August virtual music lessons.
“I teach a wide range of instruments with nearly 10 years of experience teaching,” McBreen said. “If you are not interested in music lessons, you may donate them to anyone in need.”
Ages and instruments include kindergarten through fifth grade for beginner-intermediate piano and grades 3-7 for beginner-intermediate flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba and percussion/drums.
Contact McBreen at email@example.com or 281-900-5922.
Swim at Pengu
Pengu Swim School’s Swim Academy provides higher-level, competitive swimmers the opportunity to continue training and working on their skills all year long.
Pengu’s Swim Academy members benefit from an hour-long training session utilizing the entire pool, independent of other instructional classes. The instructor to swimmer ratio is one to eight – with instructors giving in-water, hands-on assistance – to allow for individualized attention to each swimmer’s technique and training. The swimmers are spread out among five lanes to ensure proper social distancing. The price of Swim Academy is the same as Pengu’s perpetual group lessons, $78 per month.
For those already part of Pengu’s Swim Academy, Pengu offers Fit by Swim. Fit by Swim was created to give those year-round swimmers an extra boost to their workouts. Swimmers who want to participate in additional workouts (without adding a new booking) each week may do so by using Pengu’s Fit by Swim program to book a “drop-in” lesson for $10 per class.
For more information, visit https://www.penguswimschool.com.
Urban Movement closes
Urban Movement, a fitness facility offering group classes and camps in parkour, free running and natural movement, has closed at 1718A W. 23rd St.
The business’ plan is to remain active with its web-based training platform, UMOVE Online (www.umoveonline.com). There are now more than 75 videos and more are on the way. It is $99 for the year.
“We’ll also remain involved in the local community by way of our participation in the annual Texas Winter (Parkour) Jam and maybe even some Monthly Jams,” said a company email. “When the time is right, we’ll explore restarting outdoor classes at places like Discovery Green and collaborating with other students, parents, schools and neighborhoods.”
Locally owned Third Coast pest control
Oak Forest resident Chris Seideman heads up Third Coast Pest Control.
“We are experts in the pest control field that you can trust,” he said. “With over 12 years of experience, there is not a scenario that we have not come across. Third Coast Home and Commercial Services has a proven process that combines low-impact conventional practices of pest control treatments with a method known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM).”
St. Rose annual festival goes virtual
Because of COVID-19 concerns, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community cancelled its in-person festival, originally scheduled on May 3, but is now working toward a virtual festival to be held Aug. 16. There will be customizable festival boxes, with dinners, drinks, festival T-shirts, etc. as well as an online auction.
If anyone has ideas or the ability to support the event, contact Emily Garcia, director of advancement and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SmartVault signs on at M-K-T
SmartVault, a company that provides cloud-based document storage solutions, recently signed a lease for 8,500 square feet of office space at the M-K-T adaptive reuse complex in the Heights.
According to Connect Texas, the company will relocate from its current space at 720 N. Post Oak Rd. to the complex at 600 N. Shepherd Dr. this coming fall. The company offers online document storage, secure file sharing and more. For information on the company, visit smartvault.com/.