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Wonder Room focuses on exploration

Creative arts, cooking and play are at the center of new Ballston Lake business

Chris Stack of The Wonder Room stands among some supplies thatoffer countless ways to spark a child’s creativity.

Chris Stack of The Wonder Room stands among some supplies thatoffer countless ways to spark a child’s creativity. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

Chris Stack of The Wonder Room stands among some supplies thatoffer countless ways to spark a child’s creativity.

The sign at 896 Saratoga Road welcomes visitors.

Busy hands and endless possibilities at The Wonder Room.

Many parents know expanding a small child’s mind has everythingto do with exploration, social interaction and play.

In Ballston Lake, there’s a new place for kids to explore their creative minds — and those of their parents and caregivers. The Wonder Room is a world full of opportunities for children aged three to eleven to nourish their creativity through the arts, cooking and playing.

Owner Chris Stack renovated a house on Saratoga Road (Route 50),into the 1,500 square feet of endless creative possibilities and opened for business on Jan. 28. Stack and Creative Director Lauren Cohen both have over 20 years in teaching and bring that vast knowledge from the classroom to The Wonder Room.

“We just wanted to create a space where kids could come and play thoughtfully,” said Stack.

Cohen said, “It’s not like a playground where the kids just run through. We were hoping that the kids would focus on each individual space, and they have. We think that kids really learn best by having time and space to explore. We set up a whole bunch of stuff for them to explore so that whatever it is that catches their interest, they can really spend some time there.”

The Wonder Room is not a daycare center. Rather, it is a place where children and their parents or caregivers are offered informal spaces that inspire the imagination. There is a warmth and hominess when you arrive and there is always somebody to greet you. Many options await guests among the blocks, books, colored paper and toys.

Programs are available, as are staff members to assist visitors in becoming familiar with all that is offered. Programs include activities surrounding quarterly themes. The theme for this quarter and lasting until April is “Going Places,” and is centered around travel. Along with activities for the kids, there are also programs and things for the adults to do.

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