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Inside Out playground joins forces with Primarily Kids

Kids who are entering the NR4K program this fall will have another location to choose from.

Inside Out Playground, 240 Wisconsin Drive in New Richmond, will host the Primarily Kids summer child care and 4K program during the 2010-11 school year.

According to Darla Fehlen, owner of Inside Out, the partnership materialized from a comment during a field trip.

"Amy (Belmont, owner of Primarily Kids) was here with some kids on a field trip a few months ago and we started talking," Fehlen began. "She said she'd like to expand Primarily Kids, so I approached her with the idea of having it here."

Currently, Primarily Kids resides at 330 Oak Ave., one block behind the New Richmond hockey rink. Belmont said that although the facility had adequate size classrooms, Inside Out's 7,000-square-foot building, two separate rooms and indoor playground were huge draws.

"We go outside each day, but when the weather is really bad, it will be nice to have the indoor playground for them to use their large motor abilities," Belmont said.

Primarily Kids will be bringing their sensory tables, child-size desks, art station equipment, science area and other paraphernalia to the space. The two existing party rooms in the front portion of Inside Out will be used for classrooms, so the children won't be distracted by the indoor playground. The current tables in the concession area will be replaced with child-size desks and sensory tables.

Because the 330 Oak Ave. location is still open for business, Belmont said they would not be able to set up all the equipment at Inside Out for the 4K Open House on Saturday, Feb. 6. However, she will post pictures and descriptions of where things will be during the school year, and the 330 Oak Ave. location will be open for viewing as well.

Inside Out will continue to be open to the public seven days a week until June. Beginning June 1, the facility will be closed to the public Monday through Friday, June through September, for Primarily Kids to have their child care program. Fehlen did note that the facility is available on the weekends by appointment for parties and other events.

Once the 2010-11 school year begins in September, Inside Out will be hosting the Primarily Kids 4K program Monday-Thursday in the morning and afternoon. Primarily Kids also provides wrap-around day care if needed. The facility will reopen to the public beginning in October on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday's hours will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The facility will also be open to the public whenever the New Richmond Schools are scheduled to be closed.

The current Primarily Kids location at 330 Oak Ave. will remain as a child care facility, minus the 4K program.

"I'm looking forward to this," Fehlen said.

"It will provide a unique and exciting experience for the 4K program," Belmont said.