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.