I am on a mission to get my kids lives back to some sort of new normal that does not steal their childhood from the fun and activities and memories they deserve. So I searched for local SWFL businesses that are doing their part by practicing social distancing and extra cleaning precautions while allowing parents a healthy environment to bring kids for not only fun but to help keep their minds and bodies active! The Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is definitely a place to take the kids for some fun out of the house! Updated precautions do require everyone to wear a mask and for all visitors to book a ticket in advance due to capacity limits.
If you have young kids and have not visited Golisano’s Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON) then you need to plan a trip soon. Not only because it is a great place for kids to be kids but they have created a safe space to play during this pandemic. My youngest daughter has fallen in love with this interactive museum designed to make learning fun.
The museum has so many sections from a grocery store to a restaurant for excellent pretend play. Other areas give you a fun lesson on weather and the seasons while other areas give the kids a chance to get creative with art or building. With all the activity stations, this can provide a full morning or afternoon of entertainment for the family.
My daughters did not want to leave the grocery store and restaurant areas because it made them feel like a grown ups running their own business! My son loved the building area the most, where he could use real tools to nail and screw things together.
This 38,000 sq.ft. interactive Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (C'mon) is an incredible place where families can play, learn and dream together. Every day is a new discovery with interactive exhibits, programs and activities.
Looking for places to go with your kids that allows them some play time outside of the house, a little social interaction and lots of fun while also maintaining social distancing, increased sanitation and a safe environment to be kids....well here are three local SWFL spots that I am certain your kids will love (because mine do). And they each have implemented new safety precautions to help us feel safe to enjoy life after quarantine.
Kid's Gym: We Rock the Spectrum
address: Harbour Plaza: 17640 Tamiami Trail South, Suite 309, Fort Myers, Florida 33908
We Rock the Spectrum Fort Myers is an indoor playground that provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. Read all about our recent visit to WRTS Fort Myers HERE with updates on the new rules and precautions that the We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID19.
Sky Zone Fort Myers
address: 14181 S Tamiami Trail #140, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Sky Zone always guarantees a fun time for my kids and gives them a chance to really run off the energy that have stored up from being inside so much lately. With reduced capacity, extra safety precautions and increased sanitation, this is another top choice for some active play that will make them excited to get off the electronics. Physical activity is so important and I am sure your kids are like mine - they have been lacking the opportunity to be active these days. Read all about our recent visits to Sky Zone Fort Myers HERE with updates on the new rules and precautions that Sky Zone is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID19.
C'MON: Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
address: 15080 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109
My kids have always loved the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. So, we were happy to see them open during this uncertain time. The museum is a brain-building powerhouse and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted for children and families to learn through play. With hands-on exhibit galleries, the accessible museum invites visitors of all ages to journey through the swamps of the Everglades, weave through a maze, climb a two-story banyan tree, or experiment with the water play station.
Read all about our recent visit to C'MON HERE with updates on the new rules and precautions that the Children's Museum of Naples is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID19.
I am on a mission to get my kids lives back to some sort of new mortal that does not steal their childhood from the fun and activities and memories they deserve. So I searched for local SWFL businesses that are doing their part by practicing social distancing and extra cleaning precautions while allowing parents a healthy environment to bring kids for not only fun but to help keep their minds and bodies active! We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is one of the perfect places I found. Adutls are required to wear face mask at all times, capacity is limited so you must reserve your play session online in advance and all guests must sanitize their hands upon entering.
We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) Kids Gym of Fort Myers is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through their nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, they provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.
It provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development.. I think that WRTS is an amazing example of helping all children grow and develop by providing an all inclusive environment.
THE GYM SIDE
From the Zipline and trampoline to the swings and jungle gym, my kids were hard to pull away from all the contraptions testing their abilities. I found all the activities on this side of the playcenter to be a great way for kids to build their skills in a safe way, allowing them to take risks while having a "safety net" to learn and build strength. They said it was hard to pick ttheir absolute favorite thing, but ultimately I think the zipline won!
The Imagination Side
I call this the imagination side because it has so many creative imaginative play centers set up that can create endless of creative play scenarios. From a diner and grocery store to a vet and doctor's office, my kids came up with some very imaginative stories while we were there. There is also a toddler area for the weee little ones, as you can see mine are too big for that area, but reflecting back on when they were babies, it would have been a nice area to have new toys to play with.
Birthday Parties Too!
If you are looking for a unique and fun location for a kids birthday, you will want to consider We Rock the Spectrum of Fort Myers. They offer birthday party packages that are designed for the specific needs of the birthday kid and family. Whether your child has special needs and requires our “Rock Unique” package, or your child just wants to play on our zip line and trampoline and have fun, we’ve got an option that will work for your family. Our mission is to create a safe and fun experience for all children.They will even help guide you through the entire party planning process and plan for party favors, birthday cakes (even gluten free), birthday activities, arts & crafts, and more! At We Rock the Spectrum, the fun never has to stop! If your kiddo needs a break from our play equipment, they can calm down in the calming area, or take a break to do some arts & crafts or play dress-up.
They have it all!
Meet the Local Owners!
Vandana (Vee) Patel is a local mom and owner of We Rock the Spectrum Fort Myers Kids Gym.. Her husband of 15 years Ankur along with their two wonderful kids, Aman (9) and Zara (6) are the local family who brought this inclusive indoor playcenter to SWFL!
"Our kids are the inspiration and motivation behind bringing We Rock the Spectrum to the Southwest Florida community, " says Patel. " Zara was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome (AS) in 2016, a rare neuro-genetic disorder which exhibit symptoms such as developmental delays, no speech or minimal speech, seizures, sleep disorders, frequent laughter, excitable personality, and walking/balance disorders. Aman and Zara love playing with each other and we always struggled finding a place outside our home where both can play together. After taking Zara to various therapies over the past 3 years, I had the opportunity to meet parents with kids of all abilities. Zara has progressed tremendously because of early intervention, so it was then I realized the need for a safe and inclusive environment for all kids to play and have fun together, all while understanding the behaviors that come hand–in–hand with developmental challenges"
Working with kids has always been Vee's passion, so it made sense when she came across the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise. After visiting the Boca Raton location, it was love at first sight for her. She is very grateful that she was able to bring a sensory-based gym in SWFL for all kids of all abilities to play together, to learn from each other and reach their highest potential.
HI, I AM MANDY!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in and around the Southwest Florida area plus host monthly "Girl's Night Out" events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you! I also do the same thing for the Fort Lauderdale Community!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Columnist for Lee Family News , Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.