This month, Jessica Biel, along with her partners from the enchanting restaurant and creative space Au Fudge, introduced the Au Fudge Center for Art, Movement, and Play or CAMP. Part educational hub, part indoor playspace, this new venue aims to bring what quintessential camp dreams are made of and make them accessible all day, every day—just in time for the “inclement” LA weather! Scroll down to discover the adventures that await kids, ages six months to 10 years old at this incredible new space.
P Is for Play
LA offers plenty of play spaces that cater to kiddos and their development, but what sets Au Fudge CAMP apart is their dedication to teaching sensory-based, age-appropriate activities and games. Early childhood educators lead small groups that encourage social, emotional, and physical development.
Whether your child already belongs to a toddler group or is in the 5th grade, there are over 20 engaging classes to complement and enhance their education and interests. From ‘Baby and Me’ classes, story time, musical theater, yoga, Spanish, to ‘Young Architects,’ there’s something for everyone. Want to test-drive a class? Drop into a specialized course for ($35/class) or if you are ready to commit, purchase a series of 10 ($30/class).
D Is for Design
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, (in the same plaza as Barry’s Bootcamp), the well-designed space is by Au Fudge (restaurant & CAMP) partner and famed interior designer, Estee Stanley. Her idea was to create a space for children that would allow them to exercise both their bodies and minds, to play in an environment that sparks creativity that would also foster growth. So think bright white walls punctuated with pops of color, lots of squishy surfaces and materials and specially designated areas for arts, crafts and quiet time.
F Is for Free Play
In LA, you have about as much luck finding a LEGO in a sandbox, as you do an indoor playspace that offers weekend hours (#truthbomb). At Au Fudge, they offer open play, seven days a week, from noon to 3 p.m. If that isn’t enough to bowl you over, this will: children two and over can be dropped off without parental supervision. That’s right, three hours of open play that also serves as childcare—pure genius. And if you’d rather stay with your little one, that’s fine too.
During free play time, kids can rock climb, let loose on the dance floor and glide along the zip line. There’s a make-believe kitchen (which rivals that of a gourmet chef’s) but the true crown jewel of the space is the tree house. That’s where kids can climb in and curl up with a book or zoom down the slide.
photo: Getty Images for Au Fudge
U Is for UNICORN
It’s already well-known that Au Fudge (the restaurant) throws fabulously fun birthday parties for kids. Au Fudge CAMP continues this tradition by offering three different party packages. Closed to the public during the event, guests are able to enjoy food catered by the eponymous space. There’s even the option to include the beloved unicorn cake that is now synonymous with the Au Fudge brand.
Know Before You Go!
Beginning in January 2018, there will be various membership levels for purchase, but until then, open play for non-members is $18 with parental/caregiver supervision and $35 for dropoff. And there’s complimentary underground parking to boot. How sweet is that?
Au Fudge CAMP
1106 N La Cienega Blvd, Suite 105
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