Kasey Shoemaker moved to Lansing from Chicago after having twins. When contemplating what to do for a job, she decided to combine her love for her children with her passion for business. She created Play, an eco-friendly indoor play space for kids ages infant to six-years-old. Play offers a variety of classes and events ranging from kids’ yoga to art and music classes. They also offer birthday parties on the weekends. For more information check out their website at www.playeastlansing.com or call them at (517) 708-8746. Q: WHAT DOES PLAY OFFER CHILDREN AND PARENTS? A: For children it’s an imaginative play space that helps them learn through play without even realizing that they’re learning. We have a collaboration of activities that keep the kids interest for a long time. It makes it so they can play for a lot longer. (For parents) it’s a place to sit down and talk and it’s a great thing for new parents. You can see the entire place from where you’re sitting. (There is also) free Wi-Fi (and) free coffee. Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH CREATING PLAY? A: My kids and I moved from Chicago, and I needed a job. There also wasn’t much to do with my kids. So, I killed two birds with one stone and started a business with my kids. Q: HOW DID HAVING CHILDREN OF YOUR OWN HELP YOU WITH STARTING THIS BUSINESS? A: It was the reason for this business. Not only did it make it so it was something that I wanted to do, but it was something they could learn from and they were the perfect little people to test out everything.
Ellen Dowling is a student at Lansing Community College. She plans to transfer to a university where she intends on studying journalism. She loves photography, poetry, art and exploring the city she loves with her dog by her side.