Why are we doing this?
The ultimate aim of Kidzia is to bring the community together. Everyone has hopes and dreams with regards to how they would like life to be and finding more time to spend with family is just one example, however, life isn't always that easy. Kidzia plans to help a little by providing welcoming and inviting opportunities to be together.
Hastings, Bexhill, Battle and surrounding areas have suffered a lack of family friendly leisure facilities for quite some time. Hastings and Bexhill both have one main child friendly soft play centre, whereas Eastbourne has 4 or more. It is now time for us to get something new!
Kidzia is looking to expand on just offering 'soft play', with a play centre suitable for everybody in the community, young or old.
The plans include a soft play, a teenager pod, a learning/sensory zone and a cafe open to all. This will include designated play areas for children under 2, children 2 - 4, and children 4 - 12. A teenage pod for children 13 - 16 with a pool table, arcade machines and snacks. A learning area for those who home school and would like a change of scenery for both them and their child, this will include a sensory area with calm background music, lights, books, cushions, pens and paper to compliment your way of teaching and their way of understanding. After all, each and every one of us is unique!
Kidzia has personal experience with children with learning difficulties. Therefore, exclusive times will be allocated to those with special needs to enjoy Kidzia at their own pace, fully supported by their carers. This will include the sensory area and the soft play. One carer can enter for free.
One very important factor for Kidzia is cleanliness. Using Eco friendly cleaning products, Kidzia will outshine itself in the area of cleaning, with toilets that sparkle and remain that way for every visit! Kidzia will be providing large family and disabled toilets, so that you can attend to your child/children with a buggy or bags without a struggle to maneuver! Our kitchen will also be regularly checked for cleanliness and all staff working within the kitchen will have food hygiene certification.
And of course, there will be a party zone. Struggling to find a good party spot for your little ones or pre-teens? We know there is a shortage of choice! Parties at Kidzia will be very exclusive. The reason for this is holding a party at an open to the public venue can be chaotic for all involved. That includes the birthday child, their families and staff because not only are their children excited and full of energy, so are all the other children who are visiting the centre. We want each child's birthday to be a memorable one, therefore we will be offering very limited weekly slots for parties, and these will all be out of opening hours. Your child and their friends will share Kidzia with just one other party, offering fully attentive staff, a visit from Zia the zebra, a birthday cake and gifts to take home. More to come on this at a later date.
Food glorious food!
The cafe will be open to all customers of the playcentre and will offer hot and cold foods, drinks and puddings. Kidzia understands the importance of looking after our planet, after all we only have the one! The playcentre and cafe will be running a zero waste ethos with recycling facilities readily available near all eating areas, and minimizing its use of single use plastic. This will be achieved through sourcing raw local ingredients in bulk, with minimal plastic wrap, selling sweets/chocolate from reusable jars, served in sustainable paper bags and making sure all of our food purchases are considered for their impact on the environment.
Food will be ethically sourced wherever possible and the menu will cater to an array of dietary requirements including vegetarians and vegans. Items on our menu include homemade cake, sausage meat/vegan rolls, baked potatoes and paninis plus salads and plenty of healthy choices for your little ones.
So.. The question on your lips as a possible supporter, where will your money go?
The cost of unit rental is being funded by us. Here's a breakdown of the rest:
Refurbing a unit (if necessary) with plumbing, electrics, carpentry.
Installing family friendly toilets.
Fitting a kitchen with all necessary catering equipment.
The soft play equipment!
Pool table, sofas, arcades and a music system for the teen pod.
Sensory lighting for the learning room.
So what now?
We are openly asking for community support. The rewards for supporting this project will be marvelous (lots to give away to our supporters!) and the end result will be something to be proud of. By supporting us, you are giving back to your community, whilst also knowing you played a part in securing a new leisure facility for your children and theirs! We are not a charity, and this will be our family business, so we are not expecting you to give your support for free. That is why each donation you provide will have a generous reward to match it.
We give regular updates on our Facebook page, and will be keeping in touch with our supporters at all stages of the project. We honestly could not do this without you.
Lisa and Brendan