We mentioned last week that Kidville, a party, play and learning space for kids, will be taking over the location formerly occupied by Rugged Bear at 34 Central St., in Wellesley Square.
We caught up with Catherine Tai, owner of Kidville Wellesley, to learn a bit more about her and the business. She’s originally from Canada, met her husband Kuangshin Tai in the Boston area while both were in graduate school, and they have two young daughters.
“As a mom, I was always looking for classes and fun places to take my kids and did so in Cambridge/Brookline/Arlington. It was while we were visiting Maryland when my husband’s childhood friend invited us to his Kidville in Bethesda. As soon as we walked into the facility, we were amazed by the facilities, the cute retail boutique and salon. Then we attended one of their music classes and were absolutely blown away by the class with its 4-person band, the interactive nature of the class, the way they used music to tell stories, teach letters, rhythms, etc. As we learned more about the Kidville concept, we just really loved the idea of having excellent programming and facilities under one roof, making it easier and better for families with young children. Having a Doctorate in Music and being involved with educating young children for the majority of my life, this felt like the right opportunity for our family.”
The Tais are also quite familiar with Wellesley given that Catherine worked at Dana Hall at the Music School for more than 8 years, up until she had her first child. “I always loved Wellesley and all the families I met and worked with and knew it was the perfect place to bring Kidville. Our team at Kidville Wellesley really wants to build a place for families to come, build long lasting relationships, and grow together as a community.”