At Nook, we believe there’s no time more important than this one: from the disorienting highs and lows of baby’s first year, the rapid-fire succession of toddler and preschool milestones, to your growth as a parent balancing family needs with your own. So we set out to elevate the standard for “family-friendly” by bringing world-class design and artistry, quality and intention to spaces where young families play, learn, and celebrate.
Our play spaces allow kids aged 0-5 to engage in play that is less about expending energy and more about exercising creativity, imagination, and independence. Created with an award-winning architecture and product design studio, Nook’s modern play experiences are centered around engagement and intention, and void of the typical overstimulating elements of children’s play.
With a team of early childhood development specialists, theatre professionals, and parenting coaches, we curated a set of classes and workshops that recognize and engage all members of the family. Nook’s programming acknowledges that at this stage everyone is learning and growing, so we balance a focus on early childhood development milestones with attention to your growth in the role of parent and caregiver.
Nook has hosted celebrations of all shapes and sizes — from the elaborately detailed to the wonderfully simple. Our neutral design provides the perfect backdrop for any party theme and style.
We put as much thought into what happens outside of Nook as what goes on inside. We choose our locations based on proximity to premier restaurant, retail, fitness, and entertainment options for the whole family. So you can combine play and learning with a meal, an errand, or even a workout!
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“I was frustrated with the play space options available to my daughter and me. They all seemed to speak in outdated generalizations: pinks, blues, and brightly colored plastic toys crammed in loud, chaotic spaces. I often found myself standing against a wall, counting down the minutes that would justify the cost of admission. Having struggled for years to start a family, I didn’t want to be sidelined for my daughters’ experience of play. This time is so precious and fleeting and important not only to my kids’ development, but also to my growth as a woman and a mom—so I set out to create a brand that elevates family-friendly and reflects back to families, through high-end design, just how important this time is.” Maria holds an MBA from Georgetown University. She is a mother of three.
Seo Yun (Sy) Yang
“Becoming a parent for the first time, I felt really disoriented. I thought I was a creator of life and family, but so many institutions made me feel like as a mom, I was there to simply do a ‘job’. I wanted to create a space that recognized the reality of having young kids, but also saw me as a modern woman — a space where parents are people, too. I didn’t ‘press pause’ on my life to have a family and raise my kids. My family life is my life and I wanted to create an experience and a community that truly celebrates and makes meaningful space for family.” Sy holds an AB from Harvard University and law degrees from Columbia and McGill. She is a mother of three.
“From a very young age, I was always surrounded by creativity. Both of my parents were constantly putting me in situations which stimulated my curiosity and my desire to learn, by drawing, building, and experimenting in every possible medium. I am quite certain it was this creative stimulation that led me to architecture and design. Now, as a practicing architect and parent myself, I am keenly interested creating stimulating, multi-sensory experiences where kids can not only learn and grow, but find joy and excitement in the process. The mission of bringing thoughtful design to play holds tremendous potential, where parents and their children can participate together in a custom-designed environment, meant to serve as a catalyst for imagination. Ben holds a B.Arch from Cal Poly and an M.Arch from UCLA. He is a father of two.
From national publications, including Red Tricycle and Parents Magazine, to local news sources, such as The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide and Arlington Magazine, Nook has been featured for its unique approach to children’s play and parties.
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