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Mom opens playroom for kids

Some of the inspiration behind Masick's vision came from visiting local business, but she said the hands-on nature at the Saratoga Children's Museum really appealed to her. Many locations she liked to visit were in Albany, but she couldn't find what she was looking for locally.

"My husband and I both grew up in Rotterdam we really felt this community was in need of something local," she said. "I really enjoy watching the kids interact with each other. They make friends instantly and don't worry about whether or not they will get along. The next thing you know they are instant friends as soon as the kids start to play the mothers start to talk."

So far, she said, there have been around 100 people that have come to the playroom, which includes model shop areas replicating a cafE, workshop and vehicle room, arcade room and toddler area. Preschool will also begin in September running alternating days for three year olds and four year old during the week. Summer camps are planned and parties can also be booked.

Masick is still hoping to expand its offerings in the future.

"We would love to expand to offer after-school care for kindergarten-through-third grades to give a safe and encouraging environment," she said. "Coming soon, we will offer Pre-K book-club, art classes and 'Mommy and Me' classes for those with children under eighteen months."

For information on My Place to Play visit www.myplace2play.com, which has information on prices, hours and programming.""

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