Oh, South Tacoma, I am so excited for you! Why? You’ve got the brand new STAR center, a new community hub for exercise, classes, parties, and so much more.I had a chance to get a sneak peek at the center last week with Leigh Ann and Adam. It’s a beautiful, state of the art facility, and I was truly impressed with all it has to offer kids and families.
The center will be home to a variety of classes for kids and adults-everything from tumbling for your tots to painting for your little Picassos. This summer, it will also be the site of a Sunday farmer’s market, noon tunes kids’ concerts, and one of the area’s free kids’ lunch programs (Hint: Subway!).
The highlight for your kids will probably be the urban safari area. This part of the building will be secured and staffed, and it includes both a funky, soft play area for the younger set, and a super cool climbing area for bigger kids. There will also be an outside extension with features like a rope bridge and a climbing wall, opening this summer. Kids can play here while you work out, or just sit in the lobby and enjoy the wifi!
There are fully furnished rooms next to the climbing areas that can be reserved for birthday parties. Party packages start at 6.00 per child and go up, depending on whether you want exclusive use of the play area, or a themed package. I found the rates to be right in line with other area party places, and a very good value if you’re willing to go the do-it-yourself route.
You can use the center with a 5.00 per person day pass, or you can get a membership for 15.00 a month for the kids, or 63.00 for the whole family. You will pay more if you aren’t a city of Tacoma resident, though it’s not prohibitive. There is financial aid available, so don’t be shy about asking.
Members get access to everything in the center and a ton of programming. Much like the Y, there are some classes that have additional fees, but you could easily stick to the free ones without getting bored. STAR members will also have access to the pool at Mt.Tahoma High and discounted rates on fee based classes, party packages, golfing at Meadow Park, and facility rentals.
Of course, I can’t tell you what makes sense for your family, but you can check it out for yourself. You can take a tour any Thursday at noon or by appointment, or you can go to the grand opening on May 19th (I’ll remind you). If you sign up for a membership after your tour or at the grand opening, your joining fee is waived. So, yeah, if it’s even on your, “Maybe,” list, I’d make a point of checking it out.
Have you checked out the STAR center? Are you planning on getting a pass? I’d love to know your thoughts, so chime right in!