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Hudson Play: Developing Families from the Inside Out

Hudson Play is located on the main level of the Brunswick Center.

In our society, we often consider February a month of love.  While much of the focus is on romantic love, love extends far beyond our love for a partner.  Love is all encompassing and includes our children, family, friends, pets, and ourselves. But as we all know, love isn’t always easy.  It needs time, focus, effort, and determination.

When developing Hudson Play in the Brunswick Center, Ilana Libman was focused on fostering love and geared her efforts on helping to encourage strong families from the inside out.  At the forefront of this indoor playground is the physical benefits for the children who jump, skip, and climb their way through the four-lane obstacle course and free play areas.  However, for Libman, Hudson Play can offer so much more for every member of the family.

Ilana Libman, owner of Hudson Play, pictured on the left

As we all know, modern parents are busier than ever and finding time for personal needs can be a monumental endeavor.  However, making time for spouses, partners, and friends fosters positive changes in relationships with children as well.  According to a 2018 Washington Post Article by Whitney Pipkin, couples who go on dates regularly have stronger communication skills, fewer conflicts and work towards developing closeness.  These qualities directly impact the well-being of children as well.    

Libman, who is a busy working mom and constantly on the go, wanted to use her business as an opportunity for Jersey City parents to have stress-free adult time with family or friends.  Therefore she created “Parent’s Night Out” offered every Friday night at Hudson Play.  The weekly event really aims to support both the children and adult members of the family.

“Parents can leave their children with us, knowing they are exercising, socializing, eating well, and are playing safely.  It’s cheaper than a babysitter, and we are located so close to downtown.  The Brunswick Center is a three minute walk to Newark Ave where all the popular restaurants are located.  It couldn’t be more convenient, ” Libman states.

In addition to the large obstacle course, children have access to games and other activities.

In addition to offering children an opportunity to stay physically active (regardless of weather)  and socialize with new or existing friends, Hudson Play is also committed to developing healthy eating habits.  

“Parents do not have to worry about leaving their child someplace where they have access to junk food full of sugar and preservatives.  As a mom, I know the importance of nutrition.  When children are here, they have the option to eat from our cafe where everything we offer is healthy and made from scratch.   I wanted the overall experience of ‘Parent’s Night Out’ to feel guilt free in every aspect of the care we provide.”

Children have access to healthy and homemade treats from the Health BAR cafe.

On the surface, Hudson Play may appear solely as a local opportunity for young children to get their wiggles out and burn energy.  However, through programs such as “Parent’s Night Out”, residents of Jersey City can develop their families in a much more comprehensive way, strengthening both the physical and emotional health of every member of the household.  

Currently, Parent’s Night Out is offered every Friday evening from 6pm-10pm.  The program is by reservation only, which can be done online.  Hudson Play does not take walk-ins for this event.  Parents can drop off their children for a fun pajama party which includes dinner, open play, games, crafts, movies, and more.  This program is available for children ages 4ys-12yrs and is $39.00 per child with a 50% off sibling discount. This Valentine’s Day, Hudson Play is offering an extended drop off from 6pm-11pm.

For more information on Parent’s Night Out, registration and to learn more about other available programs at Hudson Play, please visit: https://www.hudsonplaynj.com/.  

-Jennifer Belcher