Creative Clubhouse16 E. Eagle Rd., Havertown, PA 19083 visit site> facebook>
I do not venture out to the Main Line very much. I find it way too congested and I hate taking City Line Ave and 76 is just so difficult to predict. But as I am covering this city more and more everyday I have to expand my territory. Which lead us out to a playdate at the Creative Clubhouse in Havertown. From NoLIBS it takes a good 30 minutes to get to.
The Creative Clubhouse is a converted store front off a busy intersection in Havertown. They have converted the former store into a creative playroom that is perfect for children 3-4 and under. They also have a full calendar of daily classes and activities. Mommy and Me classes for ages (0-2), Art, Cooking, Music and Science classes all vary in ages from newborn to age 6. Their Yoga classes are for children ages 4-10.
We stopped in for their Monday Open House which from 10:00-12:00. This is a mix of loose and structured play. There were different simple art projects around the room like finger painting on the easels, crayon drawing on foil and making a dragon out of recycled egg cartons. There are also Legos, a giant pile of wooden blocks and other thing to keep little ones busy. Over all we spent 90 minutes there and in Ollie (21 mos.) time that is pretty good. I kept thinking if Henry (3) would have been just as entertained and I think he would have been. He would have loved art project and then moved onto the blocks.
The Creative Clubhouse is not big but they have more than enough room to play and create. Like Duck, Duck, Goose it is one of those places that at first glance seems to not have a ton going on but the more you settle in and your kids start to explore there ends up being just enough to make for a nice outing. I also think this would be a great place for parent’s with wee ones that would like to get out of the house for a bit for a playdate. I find the small size is an advantage for parent’s of infants and crawlers. It is also not the kind of place where toddlers can run around and go crazy so you will not have to worry about them being startled or knocked over.
Over all I think it is a good place with really nice intentions. I think you get your money’s worth and I would venture up there again.
Good to Know:
- Cost for Open Studio is $10 / child (and I think $5 per each additional sibling) * I heard Moms there saying that not much was open on Mondays and they did not want to pay $20 to drop in at the Nest.
- On the day we went there were a total of five children.
- The moms at Creative Clubhouse are super friendly. Which is always important to me and does effect my experience.
- There is an Art Teacher on hand that supervises everything. She is attentive, caring and not afraid of a mess. Which is really helpful when working with paint. She was also willing to get more toys out or come up with another project if some of the kids seems to be loosing interest. Basically if there was a “problem” she was up to problem solve to make your visit as nice as possible.
- They have smocks for art projects.
- There is metered parking right in front or make a right directly after the Creative Clubhouse and you will find a metered lot. $0.25 / 30 minutes - a steal compared to the city!
When you Map Quest it from the city you get a bunch of routes but I really think the best way is to take 76 West to 476 to West Chester Pike and then Lawrence Road to Eagle Road or 95 South to the West Chester Pike. It might be more mileage but I bet you get there a lot faster and with fewer lights.