Hoot Studio is designed from the ground up to be both a fun and welcoming place for children of all abilities and their families. Several budget-friendly membership options will be available allowing families to select the right option for their needs. The center will feature a large gym with a variety of therapeutic equipment, a music room, and an art room. When children need a break they can enter the calming dark room equipped with soft lighting and interactive features. Before or after play families can grab a healthy snack or drink in the lounge area. Hoot Studio will also serve as a community center for parents, where they can find support and socialize with others who share their struggles, strengths, and successes.
Although Hoot Studio’s center hasn’t yet opened, Chris and Anna’s mission has brought hope to many parents in central Ohio. Hundreds of parents have showed enthusiasm and support, following Hoot’s Facebook page and newsletter. One states, “As a parent of a child with special needs it can be challenging to find places that are tailored to their needs…the world isn’t really built for these kids.” The benefits of a space like this is recognized by professionals, too. Local occupational therapist, Pam Carlson, explains, “Hoot Studio will be a one-of-a-kind indoor play space in Columbus, Ohio. It will have a unique combination of equipment for children with special needs, who would still like to swing, climb, jump, or who choose to play more quietly. Let the fun begin!”