Brooklyn Mamas payed a visit to Williamsburg’s Newest Indoor Playspace and it’s awesome.
Twinkle Playspace is the new kid on the block in Williamsburg Brooklyn as far as indoor play spaces go. This warehouse turned play space for kids features great design, it’s own pretend grocery store, and a play salon among it’s features. Brooklyn Mamas caught up with owner Vanessa Yee-Chan to interview her for OFFSPRiiNG Magazine and we are so happy to say that Twinkle is everything we hoped for and more.
Owner Vanessa Yee-Chan talks about her new indoor play space in Williamsburg
BM: Creating an indoor play space is quite an undertaking, how did you think of the idea?
VYC: My family and I have been a part of the Williamsburg community for over 30 years and we wanted to give back to the community in some way. When I had my first son here, I was frustrated with what the local places had to offer because I couldn’t get my son to be engaged for more than 20 minutes. My family owned this building in Williamsburg and the ground floor was an empty commercial warehouse, so I thought it would be great to create a unique and innovative play space that would engage children and educate them as well. I proposed the idea to my father, who is a civil engineer, and my sister, who shares my enthusiasm for off-the-wall projects, it was as if the floodgates opened. We sat around a table for hours shouting out dozens of ideas for unique exhibits and experiences for kids. Our family set out to design and build the best play space my kids could imagine. With the overwhelming number of families in the community we thought it was the perfect way to give back.”
BM: What is the inspiration behind Twinkle?
VYC: We wanted to base it off of a children’s museum but when we researched them and other children’s play space, there wasn’t one that encompassed everything we wanted. However, we did learn what elements/concepts were essential to a successful design, such as water, sand, air-flow, and pretend play. But, to keep the children engaged, all the exhibits had to have the most important element – fun! With Twinkle, we wanted to create exhibits that are more fun than a playground and more engaging than a museum. My father, my sister and I wanted to spark the curiosity of kids and adults alike, so we took the exhibits to the next level. At Twinkle we have a water table, but we made it with a water cyclone. Across the way, colorful scarves shoot into the air with air pressure…and dragons! Our kids love digging holes at the beach but hate putting on sunscreen, and that inspired our sandbox, complete with construction gear, a crane and a bulldozer. Kids enjoy pretend play in a life-like fire truck with a climbable extension ladder, real water hoses and working headlights and siren. There’s even a secret spot where kids can walk on water, without getting wet!
Find Twinkle > 144 Frost Street Brooklyn, NY twinkleplayspace.com