Playhouse In Boone, NC

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Situated in a renovated house near downtown Boone, The Children’s Playhouse boasts a number of play areas all tucked into an intimate, child-friendly space. The playareas are open everyday and include:

  • Arts & Crafts studio
  • Music & Drama corner
  • Construction zone
  • Book nook
  • Train climber with slide
  • Train table
  • Loft play space
  • Sand & water play
  • Romp & stomp
  • Grocery store & kitchen
  • Puppet theater
  • Doll house neighborhood
  • Science experiments
  • Developmental toys for babies
  • Special activities for 5-8 year olds

Mission

Our mission is to provide children from birth to age eight with an enriching, educational play environment while at the same time offering their parents and caregivers friendly support in the important job of raising children.

We serve as an informal “town square” for the High Country:  a place where natives and newcomers, out-of-towners and locals, experienced parents and eager first-timers, and people of all classes are brought together to share the joy of playful learning with their children.  Stimulating arts– and science-based programs, enticing play areas and exhibits, and informative parenting resources all support this mission.

We measure the success of our mission through an annual survey of visitors. We recently concluded our 2007 survey and have reached 20% of our members, including 20% of our scholarship recipients. Results are shared below.

Mission for Children:

To provide an enriching, educational play environment for young children.

Social/Emotional Outcomes:

  • Majority of parents/caregivers will report that their child interacts with others at the PH. Current survey: 98% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report improved social skills (sharing, taking turns, inviting others to share in play) have improved since attending the PH. Current survey: 83% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report that playing at the PH has increased child’s self-confidence. Current survey: 78% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report that playing at the PH has increased child’s emotional maturity. Current survey: 73% strongly agree or agree

Cognitive Outcomes:

  • Majority will report that activities at PH support child’s ability to think creatively. Current survey: 100% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report that activities at PH support child’s ability to solve problems. Current survey: 94% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report that visiting the PH help prepare child for success in school.

Physical Skills Outcomes:

  • Majority will report that activities at PH support child’s fine motor skills. Current survey: 100% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report that activities at PH help child develop physical coordination and balance. Current survey: 95% strongly agree or agree

Mission for Parents:

To offer parents and caregivers friendly support in the important job of raising children.

Use of Parent Education Resources Outcomes:

Majority will report that resources provided by PH have increased understanding of parenting skills. Current survey: 100% strongly agree or agree.

Majority will report consulting parenting books and brochures at the PH. Current survey: 98% respond often or sometimes.

Social Networking and Support Outcomes:

  • Majority will report talking to other parent/caregivers when visiting the PH. Current survey: 98% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report finding support from interacting with other parents/caregivers at the PH. Current survey: 95% strongly agree or agree
  • Majority will report discussing issues related to parenting with PH staff. Current survey: 83% respond often or sometimes.
  • Majority will report feeling that the PH helps them to be a more effective parent or caregiver. Current survey: 93% strongly agree or agree.

History

The Children’s Playhouse was founded in 2002 by a group of local citizens who wanted an enriching play environment for children from birth to age eight that at the same time offered parents and caregivers friendly support in the important job of raising children. Ann Kiefert, Beth Darnell, Kathy Parham, Cathy Riggs, and Heidi Campbell were all members of the founding board.

Address
400 Tracy Cir
Boone
North Carolina (NC)
28607
US
Contact Info
Telephone: 
828-263-0011

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