In Which I Meet Marina, From Zen Kidz Play Cafe…
Westerville is getting our very own playcafe soon, and I recently sat down with its owner, Marina Rozen, to learn about it. Marina was so very friendly and earnest and funny and passionate about her family’s dream for the Zen Kidz Play Cafe play cafe. And I was, walking into the meeting, tired. But my absolute favorite thing about what I do with WPE is getting to meet with passionate people. I love to hear their ideas. It’s so energizing. I love to listen to other people and learn from them. She told me about her vision for the cafe and how it would fit into Westerville education community and with our local families. Her ideas for bringing music and art to children. For giving families a safe, age-appropriate, creative space to connect. It was great. And I told her about my vision for Starry Night and our vision for Westerville Partners for Education, and how we want to work with the schools and build these connections and partnerships and bridges with organizations and businesses to support education and learning and opportunities for children.
And it was a great chat. Very exciting! And I can’t wait to see their space when it opens. And they are coming to Starry Night and helping anchor our early learning corner with musical instruments and other wonderful ways for young students to get involved in Starry Night and learning and have fun with their families too. I’m truly thrilled about this addition to our event and I’m even more excited about building a partnership with Zen Kidz.
I’m excited for Westerville that this sort of creative learning space will take grow here in town and provide opportunities for families and students. Creativity is such a strong part of Westerville: from Generations to the Arts Council to the Frank Gallery, to the Westerville Community Band and the Westerville Symphony to the outstanding theater productions put on at our high schools (Wonka was amazing!) to the terrifically talented pool of local artists, to the student art work produced in our schools. Westerville is a creative hub. And I’m so thrilled for Zen Kids to take root here.
Look for them at Starry Night and opening at the end of March in Westerville. Good luck, Marina!