PLAY is closed for regular business through April, at least. Our online program begins April 1st (MORE INFO). Please take care, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. ❤️
FAQs below refer to our in-person program (though there’s some overlap). For answers to your PLAY @ Home questions, please CLICK HERE, or email us.
PLAY music classes include songs, chants, musical stories, and small and large movement activities. We use a variety of musical instruments and props, and encourage free exploration. No musical skills are necessary—but if you’re a grown-up, expect to sing, move, dance, and play along. Your children will participate at their own levels and in their own styles, but your engagement in class is vital to their experience. For more detailed information about PLAY music, visit the PLAY music membership page and About PLAY music.
PLAY music is a mixed-age music and movement program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. While we don’t have a lower age limit for enrollment, the youngest babies in mixed-age PLAY music tend to be 6 or 7 months old. Some families enjoy mixed-age music at this age, and some prefer to wait a bit longer. At what age to begin is an individual decision, and we encourage parents to attend a demo if they are unsure.
Our upper age guideline is through age four. Our curriculum allows for preschoolers to be challenged and to participate in different ways alongside their younger classmates. Older kids have the opportunity to experience being leaders in class, and, often, to bond with younger siblings they attend with.
During a full-length session at PLAY (Mid-Wilshire), your tuition includes your 10 weekly classes (7 classes in summer session), a downloadable set of professionally produced tracks corresponding to the current session of curriculum, and web-based family materials. The materials include sheet music and lyrics, your track downloads, video movement guides for select songs, and ideas for musical activities to do at home.
Also included is your membership at PLAY from the start date to the end date of the class. As a member, your enrolled child will have free access to our community area on the days you visit us for music class and additional days, equal to the number of weeks in your session: 10 additional days in a 10-week session, valid within the term of the class. (Fees for Messy Art are discounted and additional.) Click here for additional Mid-Wilshire membership benefits.
Yes. We offer demo events in advance of each session for families interested in signing up.
We ask that families not attend class when their children or accompanying adults are ill or showing signs of an oncoming or a lingering illness. One of our main goals is for PLAY to be a safe, clean, and healthy environment for children, and we can only achieve this with the help of all of our families. If a child has chronic allergies or symptoms that have lingered far beyond an illness, and he or she has been cleared by a doctor to be around other children, we ask the parent to please make us aware of that.
We ask that all PLAY music make-up classes be scheduled with us so we can avoid overcrowding. If you miss a class (or you know in advance that you’ll be missing one), you can make it up at any time within the current session. All we ask is that you either e-mail or call us by the day before your planned make-up—or sooner—to let us know when to expect you. We will call or e-mail back to confirm your make-up or to suggest another time. Make-ups are not guaranteed, but the best way to insure that you get all your classes is to schedule your make-ups early in the session. We ask families to try to limit make-ups to two per session. (PLAY music make-up options are more limited at Silverlake Conservatory of Music, but we do offer them when we can.)
For Messy Mixed Media classes, make-ups are offered during our drop-in art hours and need not be scheduled in advance.
Our age guideline for drop-in art is toddlers to five. When asked, we always tell parents that the art room tends to be more fun once kids reach an age when they’re not trying to eat the paint the whole time (which is different for every child), and when they can stand comfortably at easels. If you feel like it might be time, come and try it out. (If your first few painting sessions are short, no problem. Wash up and spend some time playing or snacking in our community area.)
…anything white, suede, or anything you or your child loves dearly. We do provide smocks for both children and adults, and 99% of the materials we use are washable. However, even “washable” paints occasionally stain. In drop-in art, how messy you get is really up to you (within reason). In Messy Mixed Media, we do moderately messy to extremely messy projects, and they are all much more fun for both children and adults if there are no worries about clothing. If your child is attending with a caregiver, please pass this information on to him or her. If you know that your child dislikes wearing a smock (although, we do offer a more comfortable option than the standard vinyl), consider designating a small adult t-shirt as your child’s “painting shirt” and bring it to PLAY to throw on over your child’s clothes.
We don’t allow strollers in the space, but we’ll lend you a bike lock if you want to leave it out front, and there is ample space for locking it up. Shoes are optional in the community area; we’ll ask you to remove them in the music and art rooms.