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KIDS KICK/MoBu is a Must See

Margo Osborne
By Margo Osborne
Posted on Jan 13,2010
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />MoBu brings a smile to kids faces.
Photo by John Arundel
MoBu brings a smile to kids faces.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -  This week we landed an exclusive interview with Hudson Osborne, one of Northern Virginia’s most active and fastidious preschoolers!   
 
After visiting the Falls Church private play studio MoBu Kids, Hudson displayed his highly anticipated peace sign to let his fellow preschoolers and local toddlers know MoBu is a MustSee in 2010.

Photo by Margo Osborne<br /> <br />Interviewee Hudson Osborne.
Photo by Margo Osborne
Interviewee Hudson Osborne.
"This place rocks," he says.
"Whew! I am out of breath."

Hudson, overall, why is MoBu Kids peace sign-worthy?
Open Play rocks with their huge rock climbing wall.  When I see a smile on my mom’s face, I know that means I have permission to display my famous peace sign.  My mom says there is lots of stuff to play on and with for kids through five years of age, all for only $8!

Besides the rock climbing wall, what other fun things did you do during Open Play?
There are lots of rubber balls of different sizes, slides and steps, a big climb-on banana, climb-on turtle and worm, a large plastic tree house, a basketball goal, two open and connecting crawling cubes, a dome climber, a mini-trampoline and a wooden seesaw.  Whew!  I am out of breath.

I am going to say this fast or I will forget it.  My mom says this is important for parents.  They have special sculpture foam play equipment and gymnastics flooring.

Hudson, you said your mom was smiling.  Did she say why?
Have you seen this place?  It’s large, clean, and colorful.  My mom says it’s decorated like a Candice Olson-designed playroom.  Whoever that is?!  Don’t tell my mom, but this place is way cleaner than our house.  That’s probably why she had that huge grin on her face.

There’s some fancy single cup gourmet coffeemaker there.  All of the moms were flocked around it mixing up $1 coffee, hot chocolate and tea.  My mom says to mention there are also plenty of recent and popular magazines in the café table area.  It’s the closest thing to the Sugar House Day Spa my mom is going to get while I’m tagging along.  And that’s ok by me.  I got to play for one and a half hours while she pretended to be at the spa.

I know another reason why she was smiling, and it’s a secret to protect my buddies.  My mom discovered on the drive home that Loehmann’s was only two miles away from MoBu Kids.  I consider myself lucky she didn’t discover it on the drive there.  Sshh…….

You think Open Play is awesome, but what else goes on at MoBu Kids?
Lots of classes, camps, and Parents’ Nights Out!  I’ll let my mom tackle the technical stuff.

Photo by Margo Osborne<br /> <br />
Photo by Margo Osborne
"Open Play rocks with their huge
rock climbing wall," says Hudson.
"When I see a smile on my mom’s
face, I know that means I have
permission to display my famous
peace sign."

MoBu Kids has a packed calendar of winter music and movement, art, and ballet classes for ages six months to five years.  The winter eight-week session just started this week and runs through March 6.  Prices range from $112 - $160.  Enrollment includes unlimited open play during the session.  Comparatively, they offer a generous number of open play days and hours from which to choose.

What do you think?  Chuck E. Cheese or MoBu Kids for your fifth birthday party?
Two peace signs for MoBu Kids!  I’d have a rock climbing party.  

Next to the playroom, there is another large mirrored-room with a ballet bar and tables and chairs where birthday parties and different classes are held.  

On my mom’s computer, I saw pictures of some great birthday parties there.  She said the cost is $285, but check the website for more information.

Do you know if MoBu Kids has won any awards besides your distinguished peace sign?
Kids don’t really get it, but last year and the year before, MoBu Kids was the Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner for Best Indoor Play Space for the D.C. area.

Anything else we should know?
Yea, the people that work there are so nice.  When my silly girlfriend had an accident on the seesaw, they cleaned it right away and even had extra clean clothes for her!

Hudson, thanks for telling us about MoBu Kids.  We hope to see your peace sign again on Local Kicks/Kids Kick.

You are welcome.  Peace out, fellow Kids Kickers!

If you’re Going...

 
There is a safety gate at the entry to the playroom.

Photo by Margo Osborne<br /> <br />
Photo by Margo Osborne
"There are lots of rubber balls of
different sizes, slides and steps,
a big climb-on banana, climb-on
turtle and worm, a large plastic
tree house, a basketball goal, two
open and connecting crawling cubes,
a dome climber, a mini-trampoline
and a wooden seesaw," says Hudson.

There are changing tables located in the bathrooms.

There is a water fountain on site.

Parents are asked to sign a waiver.  Children can go barefoot or wear socks in the playroom.

There is more than sufficient storage space for your personal items.

A half-wall separates the playroom from the general lobby area.  In the lobby area, there are café tables and a  few small toys and puzzles.

If you are making a day of it, try lunch at Anthony’s Restaurant, less than half of a mile away at 309 West Broad Street.  They serve Greek, Italian and American fare.

For additional information on MoBu Kids, see their website www.mobukids.com.  MoBu Kids (formerly Monkey Business) is located at 442 South Washington Street, Falls Church, VA  22046. Phone them at (703) 241-PLAY.  It is a mere nine miles from South Austin Grill in Old Town.


Kids Kick is a new feature of Local Kicks. Contact Margo with your story ideas and submissions at jmombo@cox.net.



Photo by Margo Osborne<br /> <br />
Photo by Margo Osborne
"Have you seen this place? It’s large,
clean, and colorful," Hudson says.
"My mom says it’s decorated like a
Candice Olson-designed playroom."





Photo by Margo Osborne<br /> <br />
Photo by Margo Osborne
"Kids don’t really get it," Hudson
says, "but last year and the year
before, MoBu Kids was the
Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick
Winner for Best Indoor Play
Space for the D.C. area."







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