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Something new for the kids has opened in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood: 'PlayForest'

RITA A. LEONARD - Co-owner Brittany Fasulo stands near the indoor treehouse in PlayForest, a new facility for kids in Westmoreland.PlayForest, a children's play space business, has opened on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. Owners Geoff and Brittany Fasulo have operated the "Little Seeds Farm School" in Sellwood since 2014; Brittany has a degree in Early Childhood Education from PSU. In June of last year, she opened "Wild Daisy Vintage" store, a 1,400-sq-ft space in the Iron Horse building at 6032 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. The Fasul's have now replaced that shop with "Play Forest", a Montessori-inspired play space.

Brittany Fasulo tells THE BEE that children need time dedicated to social play, in order to understand the boundaries of peer interaction. Observing other children in play, parallel play, and developmentally interactive play with peers, all need to be practiced before children are confident in relating with others. The couple explains they have organized the space to allow youngsters the chance to process the world around them through experimentation and hands-on interaction, "thus discovering the laws of nature".

"At PlayForest," continues Brittany, "We are deeply committed to creating a joyful and relaxing family experience that engages young children. Our space, from the lovely forest theme, to our curated collection of the best open-ended tools for learning, is purpose-created as a calm, focused laboratory for children."

"We use high quality toys made from natural materials, with a focus on play that invites children to experiment with objects in inventive ways. PlayForest is also our love letter to the flora and fauna of the great Pacific Northwest. The natural world is an endlessly fascinating teacher for kids, and we incorporate nature-based objects throughout our space to encourage this peaceful sense of wonder. We've had a wonderful response from the neighborhood. Kids love it here."

Play Forest is open daily. "Daily Open Play runs from 9 to 10:15 a.m,, then 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. You need to reserve a space in the weekday mornings — call us at 503/954-2280. Walk-in hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m."

For more information, or to reserve a space online, go to --: www.playforestkids.com


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