Play Date at DorAnne’s

. April 30, 2015.

If you’ve ever wished for another activity that will make both you and the kids happy, Play Date at DorAnne’s might be for you.

 Beginning in April, playdates and even parties can be booked for free in the back room in DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet. There, various toys from the store will be available for play, including Melissa & Doug, Learning Resource, Toysmith, Wow Toys, Wild Republic, and more. A parent must stay, but refreshments for all will be provided and there will be a staff member on-site to help out.

 “I thought it would just be a nice way for moms (or dads) to get out and find something new to get the kids excited,” Owner Doris Schumacher said. “Sometimes it’s just nice to have a different place to go to get out and have a chance to chat with a friend while the kids are happy playing.”

 Schumacher said time exceptions can be made for parties, and party supplies and foods can be brought in by hosts. She can also help with supplies and planning for a fee.

 327 S. Main St. Groups with up to seven children can book their play date by calling the store at 419-425-5510 a few days in advance. Ideal age range for the play dates is from 2 to 6, which can be scheduled for hour-and-a-half time blocks Monday through Friday from 10:15am-4pm and from 10am-1:30pm on Saturdays.