Farm-to-table fun – designed just for toddlers – is coming to AdventurePlex, Beach Cities Health District’s 17,000-square-foot kids fitness and health facility in Manhattan Beach.
Officially dubbed “Toddler Town,” AdventurePlex’s newest healthy play zone includes an interactive toddler-sized farm, market and beach home – each specially crafted to help introduce kids ages 5 and younger to the organic farm-to-table nutrition cycle through imaginative play. AdventurePlex will also offer a variety of parent-child classes, monthly physician/dietitian lectures on trending health topics, birthday party packages and nutrition lessons beginning Jan. 16.
“We know that healthy habits learned at a young age can last a lifetime,” says Susan Burden, Beach Cities Health District CEO, “so it’s vitally important to introduce toddlers to physical activity and proper nutrition in a fun, dynamic environment that nurtures early childhood development. We created Toddler Town to be the local hub of healthy education and social interaction for toddlers and parents alike, and we look forward to helping more families play their way to good health at AdventurePlex.”
According to Burden, much of Toddler Town’s design, key concepts and programming are modeled after BCHD’s evidence-based LiveWell Kids and LiveWell Tots in-school nutrition programs – which have been integral to successfully lowering the childhood obesity rate in Redondo Beach elementary schools by 55 percent in the past decade.
Toddler Town, which is open strictly to children 5 and younger, includes the following programming and play opportunities:
- Fun, healthy play in the interactive farm, grocery store and beach home areas of Toddler Town
- Age-specific classes ranging from parent-tot yoga and stroller fitness to toddler movement and music
- Monthly lectures and workshops led by physicians and registered dietitians on trending children’s health and nutrition topics
- Special activities each week, including puppet shows and costume play
- Birthday party packages designed specifically for toddlers
BCHD and AdventurePlex will host a special expo for families to mark the official grand opening of Toddler Town from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16. Families will enjoy free access to Toddler Town, free class demos, a Q&A with a registered dietitian and a host of additional activities and healthy food samples.
Toddler Town membership packages can be purchased through AdventurePlex by calling 310-546-7708. Visit adventureplex.org for complete details.