Frequently Asked Questions
does my toddler have to wear a mask?
Ages 0-2 No mask (choking hazard)
Ages 2 Face Masks Strongly Encouraged
Ages 3-5 Face Masks REQUIRED at drop-in play; Face Masks at PARENT'S DISCRETION at private events
Ages 5+ Face Masks ALWAYS REQUIRED (including private events)
Anyone with a medical issue that cannot safely wear a mask will NOT be required to wear a mask. You will not be required to show proof of medical condition (this follows state guidelines), but please inform our staff if it applies to someone in your family so they are aware. Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face-mask safely. These may include, but are not limited to: Those who cannot breathe safely; Those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so; Those communicating with people who rely on lip-reading;Those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe.
how do you calculate your capacity?
We follow all state and city guidelines, which include the count of all children & adults and are subject to change as COVID levels rise or fall. Here are our capacity restrictions by percentage, which includes the total number of children and adults.
*25% capacity - 12 people 5 people/1,000 sq ft
*40% capacity - 18 people 8 people/1,000 sq ft
*50% capacity - 23 people 10 people/1,000 sq ft
*No Restrictions- 46 people 20 people/1,000 sq ft
what product do you use to clean?
We consider cleaning and disinfecting to be the most important port of our job.
We sanitize and disinfect every loose toy after each play session with our BRU-TAB disinfectant, as well as spray all surfaces like cafe tables/chairs, play structures, rock wall, train table, piklar triange, door handles/doorways, etc). We have a second set of toys that we rotate in when the first set is drying.
We follow all CDC cleaning guidelines.
Why Did you change drop-in times?
Similar to a restaurant, we cannot cover our expenses if we only have one "seating". By creating 3 sessions, we're hopeful to be able to cover our variable expenses. Shorter sessions also means less potential exposure while still getting that toddler energy out during these cold winter months. New schedule effective Jan 11, 2021.
Daily, 7 days a week:
*9am - 10:15am
*10:30am - 11:45am
*3:30pm - 4:45pm
We allow private play sessions to book at 9am,10:30am, 3:30pm IF no one is signed up for drop-in play. So please be sure to sign up in advance or check our website to make sure a given session runs.
Room to Bloom reserves the right to cancel a session if two families are not signed up by 8pm the night before. If this happens and we need to cancel, we will notify you by email.
Have you raised your prices?
We feel strongly about not raising our admission prices during COVID. Our drop-in play prices have not increased.
Private Play and Birthday Party pricing fluctuates based on current capacity restrictions.
how much does drop-in play cost?
$12 / first child (walking and older) or twins (we love a good BOGO!)
$6 / siblings (crawling and older)
$6 / non-walkers without a sibling
FREE / infants with a paid sibling
FREE / 1 adult with each paid child admission
WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO KEEP MY FAMILY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE at R2B?
We removed toys that could not be soaked daily to disinfect (dolls, puppets, dress-up) or that had many small pieces to clean (lego duplos) and replaced with gross motor toys like our new Pikler triangle. We hope to bring these pretend play and building toys back to our space when it's safe to do so!
Our art room was transformed into a retail store, filled with educational toys, games & books to promote purposeful play at home
Click below to learn what to expect during your visit (like handwashing upon arrival!), the changes we made while we were closed, our cleaning & disinfecting policy, staff procedures, and FAQs on Massachusetts mask requirements.
What covid policies does your staff follow?
Staff agrees not to work if anyone in their household has COVID symptoms, has tested positive in the last 10 days, or is currently in quarantine due to possible exposure and will give as much notice as possible that they are unable to work their shift. We will do our best to find a replacement staff member but occasionally we have not been able to secure a replacement due to the last minute nature of symptoms. We reserve the right to cancel our play session if we can't find a replacement staff member to work. We apologize for any disappointment if this happens.
Staff agrees to temperature checks upon arrival
Staff will be required to submit written responses to our health screening form and these responses will be kept for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Staff will wear a mask at all times
- Staff will follow all CDC cleaning guidelines
Changes We Made While Closed in the of Spring 2020
To Keep Your Family Safer at Room to Bloom
Bathrooms - reduced the number of surfaces necessary to touch
Providing disposable liners & disinfectant wipes for changing table
Touch-free paper towel dispensers
Replaced soap dispensers with touch-free
Replaced light switches with motion sensors for lights to turn on/off touch-free
Replaced door stoppers with step release door stopper for touch-free ease
Removed trash can lids to make throwing away items easier and touch-free
Removed bouncer for placing child in while parent uses the restroom -- if your child is too little to stand and wait with you please plan accordingly with a carseat or stroller to put them in
Fresh paint in both bathrooms
Fan running during open hours to promote additional air circulation in addition to A/C & Heat settings
Back door to hallway will be left open to keep air circulating
Front door to be left open upon request (you know best if you have a runner in your group!)
Signs on bathroom doors requesting them to be left open when not in use, in order to keep air circulating
NEW gross motor play
Pikler Triangle, Ramp, and Arch added to our space.
Promotes climbing, independence, and freedom of motion (and easy to spray and disinfect!)
Removed the Following Toys to follow Daycare Guidelines
Removed all plush/stuffed animals (frog & bunny plush rockers in the baby room, puppets, pillows, bean bags)
Removed dolls & dress-up clothing
Removed small piece LEGO duplos and magnatiles
Reduced small toys by 50% so there is always a clean batch to swap out
Retail Store replaces Art Room (indefinitely but hopefully not forever!
The art room felt too risky to us given the amount of small, shared items and emphasis on shared sensory experiences
MA guidelines for childcare advise removing sensory tables, play-doh and not to share items like paintbrushes.
We are so EXCITED by all the fun new items we can procure for your family, especially our amazing selection of educational toys and sensory/STEAM/art for home, in addition to Room to Bloom designed activity kits
Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Do children need to wear face coverings or masks?
Children under the age of 2 should not wear face coverings or masks.
Face covering use by children 2 years of age and up to the age of 5 are encouraged but should be at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian at this time.
Parents and guardians should ensure that the mask fits snugly and does not obstruct a child’s ability to breathe.
Who is exempted from wearing a face covering?
Exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face-mask safely.
These may include, but are not limited to:
Those who cannot breathe safely;
Those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so;
Those communicating with people who rely on lip-reading;
Those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe; and
Those who are exercising outdoors and are able to keep physical distance from others.
How does Massachusetts define a medical condition? Must individuals provide proof?
Medical conditions that prevent use of face coverings include difficulty breathing because of lung and respiratory conditions, conditions that require supplemental oxygen, and behavioral health diagnoses that make someone unable to wear a mask.
You are not required to provide proof of your condition.