Thursday, November 19, 2009

Saturday Open Play Times!

Come play at Amaya Papaya this Saturday 11/21/09 from 10am-2pm

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thank you local businesses!

Belly Castings from Beautiful Beginnings- a $65.00 value

50% off session fee with Erika Hopkins Photography

Complimentary Session/ $300.00 portrait credit with Erika Hopkins Photography

Complimentary Session & 10% off with Erika Hopkins Photography

Gift Certificates good for $100.00 off first session with Imagine Tomorrow-computer classes for kids

Blanket from A Mother’s Gift

Complimentary Session with Andrea Richburg Photography

Gift certificate for $15.00 to Silly & Sweet baby boutique

Gift certificate for $50.00 to Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Medspa

Gift certificate for $75.00 to Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Medspa

Hair piece from Candyland Boutique

Gift certificate for $15.00 to Tastefully Simple- the food you love, the time you deserve

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Halloween Bash- Additional Party added!

RSVP TODAY! Due to the overwhelming response for our Healthy Halloween bash we have added an additional party!

Healthy Halloween Bash!

This Event is now FULL, We have added a second Halloween party on Friday October 30th

Friday, October 2, 2009

Open This Saturday

As a reminder Amaya Papaya will be open on tomorrow (SATURDAY 10/3) for open play from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

*Normally we are not open on Saturdays for open play however, since we have no parties booked we will be open. Take advantage of this special play time.

* FREE wi-fi is available.

Please be sure to come PLAY or LOUNGE!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

On the Move

Daily Specials

Mellow Mondays - Wear an Amaya Papaya t-shirt or purchase and Amaya Papaya t-shirt and get in for 1/2 off!

Terrific Tuesdays - Happy Hour 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. all kids get in for 1/2 off!

Wiggly Wednesdays - Wear an Amaya Papaya t-shirt or purchase and Amaya Papaya t-shirt and get in for 1/2 off!

After School Thursdays - Treat the kids to a visit at Amaya Papaya for a job well done. All kids 1-5 get in for $7.99 between 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Fun Family Fridays - Pay regular price for the first child and each additional child in the same family gets in 1/2 off!

It has been over a month since we opened the doors to Amaya Papaya and I am very grateful for the community that has welcomed us with open arms. We have had over 1000 children visit the play lounge and I look forward to meeting even more children and there families in the near future. If you have not had the chance to come in to PLAY we are open Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Friday from 11:30 a.m. -7 p.m. **We are open on Saturday's if we DO NOT have private parties or events booked.


Not a Kids Gym

We have had many inquiries about the play lounge over the past month. With Amaya Papaya being a new concept in play places for the 5 and under crowd in central Florida we wanted to be sure that you could help us spread the word about OUR place and help the community understand just what going on here.

We are not a kids gym...we will leave that to the experts! We are a play lounge...simply put we are an OPEN PLAY indoor play space in which families can visit anytime during the day on there schedule without a reservation or membership. We are specifically for the little people 5 and under, which means you have no big kids running around and all of our toys are geared specifically for your infant, toddler and preschooler.
We have no video games or BIG play equipment that may be over stimulating for your child.

We do offer classes, however they are not those that you will find in your traditional enrichment class centers. We strive to offer classes that are unique and non-traditional. After much marketing, research, feedback and request(yes, we listen to YOU) we have decided to offer our classes on a drop in basis rather than committed scheduled classes until further notice. We have found that in a setting such as Amaya Papaya families need flexibility. Most of our classes will be offered on a drop in when you would like basis and will allow families to not feel the pressure of having to commit to a weekly session if they are not able to attend or need a break.

Our parties are fantastic, just ask our most recent party families. Our parties allow your little ones to have FUN in an unstructured environment. We can facilitate an activity if you wanted one... but we are sure that your party goers will be fully entertained during the entire party in our 7 themed play areas! Our parties range from doing it all your self, doing a little bit with our help or you simply doing nothing but showing up to party and letting us take care of all the details for you!

Grand Opening

Our grand opening was GREAT! We had over 300 people show up! It was so nice to be able to share Amaya Papaya with all of you. After months of preparation we finally got to have the PARTY that we had been dreaming of for 2 years! Amaya had a great time in her custom made tutu and headband. Thomas and I were amazed by all of the wonderful people that we met!

We would especially like to thank all of the LOCAL vendors that contributed to our giveaways and would like to congratulate the families that won prizes!

$25 Gift Certificate from Once Upon a Child
Laura W.

$25 Gift Certificate from Discovery Toys
Jodi R.

A Halloween Tutu made by Doodle and Goo:
Amy C.

Complimentary Session from Andrea Richburg Photography:
Jen M.

25% Off Gift Certificate from Andrea Richburg Photography:
Toshiko G.

50% Off Gift Certificate from Andrea Richburg
Melissa B.

Estate Planning Package from Murphy & Co.
Mandy P.

Complimentary Session Erick Hopkins:
Elizabeth O.

50% Off Portrait Session Erick Hopkins:
Lee-Ann H.

Free Amaya Papaya T-shirt:
Troy G.

Your Office Away from Home

Are you in search of a place where you can get some work done while your kids are entertained? Well look no further....Amaya Papaya is the perfect place for work from home parents, college students with young children or someone with a young child that simply wants to surf the web or read a book for a few moments. We have FREE wi-fi and plenty of toys to keep your child entertained while you work. Stop by your local coffee shop, bring the kids a snack and come prepared to get some work done. * ask for the wi-fi access code at the front desk.

Remember the importance of Play,

Amaya's mom

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Grand Opening Celebration Schedule

Grand Opening Celebration Schedule

Come enjoy our Grand Opening Celebration Saturday between:
11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Enjoy OPEN PLAY all day, Preview party decorations by Magical Party, Enter to win prizes and sample the following 5-10 minute demo classes:

11:15 a.m.- Belly Button Yoga- Bouncing Buttons/ Busy Buttons Yoga Combination class

12:00 p.m. - Belly Button Yoga- Bouncing Buttons/ Busy Buttons Yoga Combination class

1:00 p.m.- Beautiful Birthings - Choosing Your Birth Team mini seminar

1:15 to 1:45 - Beautiful Birthings - ASK THE DOULA - Q & A session

1:45 p.m. - Beautiful Birthings - Choosing Your Birth Team mini seminar

2:00 p.m.- Circle Time class

2:45 p.m. Circle Time class

3:00 p.m. - Giving World Percussion - Kids Percussion Play

3:45 p.m.- Giving World Percussion - Kids Percussion Play

*Schedule subject to change

During our Grand Opening Celebration you can.........

Pre-Register for Classes
Pre-book Birthday Parties
Purchase multi Play Cards - (breaks down to only 8.00 per visit)
Purchase memberships - (breaks down to only 14.58 per month)

Grand Opening Celebration Specials

Take 25% off all Amaya Papaya T-Shirts
(All kids wearing an Amaya Papaya shirt on Monday and Wednesday afternoons get in for half off starting this month)

Take 10% off all Melissa and Doug toys

Free Snacks for Children


Monday, August 31, 2009

Psssst are you ready? I am so thrilled to announce that our GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION will be held on this Saturday September 5, 2009 from 11 a.m until 4 p.m.

As my way to say THANK YOU to all of the families that have come to PLAY at Amaya Papaya during our soft opening this month, admission will be FREE all day... that's right FREE!

During the CELEBRATION your familiy will be able to see amazing party decorations provided by Magical Party, sample mini demo classes that will be offered this fall, sign up for fall classes, enter to win prizes provided by LOCAL businesses, take advantage of merchandise discounts, membership specials, punch card specials and if that's not enough..... PLAY with our amazing toys!

Giving Back
We will also begin collecting donations for our first selected charity, PACE Center for Girls a LOCAL school for teenage girls.
Their wish list includes:
Khaki Pants (all sizes, new or used)
Polo uniform shirts (all sizes, new or used)
Canned goods or non perisheable foods
Gift cards
School supplies

If you are able to give please be sure to bring your donations in anytime during the month of September.

Amaya Papaya University
Fall classes at Amaya Papaya will be starting soon. We have an amazing line up of teachers that are ready to have fun teaching your children through... what else at Amaya Papaya but PLAY!

Our classes this fall include:

Monday -Circle Time w/ Mrs. Myra
Monday - Pregnacy, Labor and Beyond w/ Terri of Beautiful Birthings
Tuesday - Kids Percussion Play w/ Mr. Jason
Tuesday - Drum Fara (Drum Happy) w/ Jason of Giving World Percussion
Wednesday - Tots and Crafts with Mrs Tracee
Friday - Bouncing Buttons/Busy Buttons Yoga class w/ Mrs. Laurie of Belly Button Yoga

Sign Language -Tentative/TBA

Please check out our Website (LEARN) for more information.

Starting next week we will begin our fall daily specials. Please check our website, blog, facebook page or twitter for more information next week.

If you have not already done so, please check out our review in the Orlando Sentinel

Remeber the Importance of Play,

Amaya's Mom

Sunday, August 23, 2009

20 Things That Make Amaya Papaya Great!

1.) Open Play all day, no reservation required

2.) You can bring in outside food

3.) Unlimited play all day

4.) You can leave and come back in the same day without paying a re-entry fee

5.) two adults are FREE with each child admission

6.) We REALLY have age appropriate toys and equipment for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. (our toys are kid powered!)

7.) You can have food delivered in from Pizza Hut and Quiznos.

8.) Your children are learning through play and socializing with other children.

9.) We have FREE wi-fi.

10.) We sell heathly snacks and beverages (starting on 8/27)

11.) You can actually relax while your children are playing.

12.) You don't have to clean up

13.) We offer unique classes for YOU and your child(ren) (starting in September)

14.) We are breastfeeding friendly

15.) We were created by a Mom and Dad

16.) We have AWESOME birthday parties! (that are not over stimulating for little ones)

17.) We seek to better the community

18.) You get to actually have a complete conversation with another adult.

19.)We have great a MARKETPLACE with quality toys, awesome parent made/inspired merchandise and super cute Amaya Papaya t-shirts!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Come to storytime at Amaya Papaya tomorrow at 4:30. We have an awesome storytime mommy volunteer that has signed up to be our reader for the evening.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More hours to PLAY!

Starting on Monday (8/10), Amaya Papaya will be open during normal business hours.

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday-closed for private parties (open if no parties are booked)
Sunday- closed for private parties

Please be sure to check our calendar for schedules, play dates, parties, special Saturday hours and other COOL events!

* Please note - When Play Dates are booked, we may have a high volume of guests

Grand Opening celebration information coming soon!

Remember the importance of PLAY,

Amaya's Mom

Friday, August 7, 2009

Open on Saturday 8/8

I want to thank everyone that has come to play at Amaya Papaya this week. I am thrilled that so many of you have chosen to spend your time at our place. I am excited about the upcoming birthday parties and playgroups that we have scheduled and look forward to seeing your children exploring all of the areas in the play lounge.

As a reminder Amaya Papaya will be open on tomorrow (SATURDAY) for open play from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Normally we are not open on Saturdays for open play however, since we have no parties booked we will be open. Take advantage of this special play time.

* FREE wi-fi is available.

Please be sure to come PLAY or LOUNGE!

Amaya's mom

Monday, August 3, 2009


Are you and your little one ready to PLAY? I hope so because we are OPENING TODAY (Tuesday August 4th)!

New Phone Number - (407) 339-PLAY

Soft Opening Hours 8/4/09 - 8/8/09
Monday 1 p.m - 6 p.m
Tuesday 1 p.m - 6 p.m
Wednesday 1 p.m - 6 p.m
Thursday 1 p.m - 6 p.m
Friday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. We have no parties booked so we will be OPEN!

Thank you for being patient while we have prepared to open the doors of our beautiful facility. We are very excited to share our space with you and your little one(s). We have been working around the clock to get open and to create a space that I and hopefully you feel comfortable bringing your child to. I look forward to watching you create new memories with your child(ren) at Amaya Papaya!

Amaya and I cannot wait to meet you!

Remember the importance of PLAY,

Amaya's Mom

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fruits of the Labor..

Things are taking a little longer than we anticipated but the finishline is quickly approaching! If you've ever had to assemble toys on Christmas Eve then you can appreciate all the time that goes into the entire preparation process. We're tightening all screws and disinfecting all surfaces. Our goal is to not only provide a kid friendly environment, but a clean one as well. A message will be forth coming on Monday with all the exciting details of our opening on Tuesday. I appreciate your patience throughout this lengthy process. We'll have a soft opening for the first month and a full grand opening celebration in the following weeks. I look forward to meeting your families.

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Remember the importance of play,

Amaya's Mom

Friday, July 31, 2009

Labor of Love!

I am very happy to inform you that Amaya Papaya will be opening on this coming Monday or Tuesday. During our first month of operation we will be doing what is called a soft opening followed by a grand opening celebration in a few weeks. I hope that you have enjoyed watching the BIRTH of Amaya Papaya over the last few months and that you are as excited as I am to have a new play space in our community. Please be sure to tell all of your friends about Amaya Papaya. I look forward to meeting all of you and having your family join my family to play at Amaya Papaya!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

So Close

When are you opening? I can't tell you how many times I've heard this over the past 4 months. I am happy to say that we are so close. We finally got our permit and we are now nearing the end of this building process by getting our inspections completed. At this time I (and hopefully a small army of people) plan to be in the space this weekend or sooner putting together toys, fixtures and furniture. If all goes well we will be open by next week!

Please begin to check our calendar often as I will begin adding story times, classes, mom's/dad's group bookings, birthday party bookings and other special events. My hope is that Amaya Papaya will become a part of your weekly life. I look forward to seeing our children grow and develop together; and seeing us evolve as even better parents by connecting with our children through play and by socializing with other parents.

If you have not already done so, please check out ads for Amaya Papaya in:

Playground magazine

Orlando Kids Directory

Thus far opening a business as a mommaprenuer has proven to be both rewarding and a great challenge. I can't say enough about all of the great people I have met or maintained relationships with over the past 2 years. All of you have been a great blessing thus far. I truly appreciate your encouragement, support and advice. As for the challenges, they have provided for great learning experiences and tremendous growth. I feel stronger and even more confident that Amaya Papaya will be a great addition to Seminole county and the surrounding community.

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Remember the importance of play,

Amaya's mom

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Build Out, Build Out, Build Out- The Adventure

Due to construction and permitting setbacks out of my control, the opening of Amaya Papaya has been delayed again. I have now set a new tentative of early July for our opening. If we are able to open before, I will be sure to let you know. Please be patient and keep sending your positive thoughts for an expedited process.

I continue getting a great response from parents wanting to know more about Amaya Papaya. I am very excited about all of the inquiries and hope that you continue to be excited about Amaya Papaya! Thank You!

Not a Boutique

At Amaya Papaya we will feature a shopping area that we will call "The Marketplace @ Amaya Papaya". In this space you will be able to purchase toys, snacks, beverages and other merchandise created and/or approved by parents. Over the past few months I have selected merchandise and met with some AMAZING local mompreneurs who's merchandise will be featured in the Market Place.

Check out some of the items and/or brands that we will feature:

Melissa and Doug
A Mothers Gift - Blanket Company
Doodle and Goo
Boogie Wipes
Hot Green Momma
Amaya Papaya
and many more to come......

Social Media

Now days social media is such a great way to stay connected, after resisting the social media pull for so long I finally got connected and its been great. I have found that I feel more connected with my community, I have support from other parents, I stay in touch with new and old friends and I am able to share up to date information about my personal and business life with colleagues, customers, friends and family.

Check out this article that I found about a fathers experience with social media:

Are you connected?

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Stay connected and Remember the Importance of Play,

Amaya's Mom

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Possibilities and Anticipation

Every time Amaya and I visit Amaya Papaya she ask if we are bringing the toys over and if the kids are coming today. I gently remind her that Mr. Scott (our contractor; All Phase Construction) and his guys have to finish the build out before we can invite people in to play. She is very excited about all the possibilities that await her with the opening of Amaya Papaya.

Due to build out delays, our opening has been pushed back. I have now set a tentative grand opening for June 27, 2009. In the event that we are able to open before, I will keep you posted with the new date.

I am very thankful for all of your inquiries and well wishes about Amaya Papaya. It really helps me to know that there is a need for a place like this in our community. I will do my best to make sure that Amaya Papaya is a place that you will want to visit often and experience genuine organic experiences with your child.

Many of you have asked about ways that you can be involved with the evolution of Amaya Papaya. There are so many things to be done. If you would like to be involved in one of the following ways please contact me:

Like new Costume Exchange- do you have a dress up costume that your little one has not used since forever ago? We will give you 1 free admission coupon for each gently used costume that we are able to use. (we need 10 costumes)

Storytime reader- volunteer to read a book during our weekly story time. Time TBA.

Store setup- Are you good at putting furniture together? We will be setting up soon and would love to have a few people help.

Tell us about it! - Know of a cool item we should sell at Amaya Papaya?
Know of a cool program we should offer at Amaya Papaya?

Remember to PLAY!

Amaya's momfk

Monday, May 4, 2009

What does that mean?

As we take time to reflect on the importance of Mothering I would like to share with you my inspiration for the Amaya Papaya name and logo. AMAYA PAPAYA is a TERM OF ENDEARMENT FOR MY DEAREST DAUGHTER (and best business partner ever) Amaya, whom just happens to be so Fabulous and we LOVE her.

When I was pregnant with Amaya I dreaded the thought of getting STRETCH MARKS!! It was not until 2 days before I gave birth that the first stretch mark appeared, from that moment on they spread like wild fire! I was devastated (or so I thought, vain I know).

Once Amaya was born my favorite song to sing to her was MY GIRL by the Temptations. The first line was so true..."I got SUNSHINE on a cloudy day".... Amaya was truly my SUNSHINE in the mist of anything that I was going through as a new mom.

When Amaya began to speak she would ask me about the boo boo's on my belly. I would tell her that they where not boo boo's at all. I began telling her that the stretch marks where SUN RAYS that I was blessed with when she was inside my belly.

As I began to think of a logo for Amaya Papaya I thought that nothing would be more fitting than the SUNSHINE to represent Amaya and every other child that a parent has been blessed with.

Ask Amaya....she will tell you how she put the SUNSHINE on mommy's belly!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring has Sprung

So much has happen in last last month I can hardly contain myself!

We finally got the funding to begin the process of getting Amaya Papaya open. I received the keys for the space and put the logo/coming soon banners in the window. I am currently awaiting approval from the "powers that be" to begin the build out and then major movement will begin to take place in the space. After the said approvals happen I can begin planning our Grand Opening, which I hope to announce in the upcoming weeks. This dream to to open a place where parents can play with their little ones in a safe, age appropriate environment is becoming a reality. I could not be happier to share this experience and my enthusiasm with you. I look forward to seeing our kids playing and learning together.

While doing some research this week I came across this article titled "The Serious Need for Play". As a counselor and especially a mom this validates my belief about the importance of play for everyone especially our children. Check out the article by clicking the link below.

If you have not become a fan on our Facebook page or a follower of our tweets on Twitter go to our website and join today!

Our new space

Peace and Blessings,

Amaya's Mom

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The evolution of a new movement

It has been such a humbling journey creating and preparing for the opening of Amaya Papaya. I am delighted about the community forming around me and know that we are creating a space that will benefit all of us. I would like to thank everyone that has signed up to be on our contact list, spread the word about Amaya Papaya or provided support in some way to this project thus far.

At this time we have secured a space in the Casselberry Collection Plaza on Highway17-92(near Publix). It is a 2300 square foot space that is sure to be filled with positive energy and love. We are working with a local bank and we are now in the waiting stage to access the funds to finance the project.

Unfortunately due to the situation with the banks nationally, we have been delayed in beginning the build out process. Rest assured we will begin soon! We are working with a builder who has created plans for the space (I will upload the plans soon). We also have a complete list of equipment and toys waiting to be ordered or stored away waiting to be placed in the space as soon as the build out is complete.

I have met and talked to some awesome people over the past year that want to provide workshops, classes, retail items and other exciting services and/or products at Amaya Papaya. The services and/or products planned promise to be informative, eclectic,entertaining, beneficial and uplifting.

If you would like more information or want to be a part of the Amaya Papaya movement in some way, please log onto the website, sign up to be on the contact list or email me for more information.

Peace and Harmony

Amaya's Mom

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Website

I would like to announce the launch of the Amaya Papaya website.

The official address for the website is

The website is designed to provide you with information about Amaya Papaya and activities that will be scheduled at the facility.

Please continue checking our blog for monthly updates, there is a link to the blog on the site.

We have a building and we are now in the process of planning for our build-out. I will send an update in a few weeks when build-out begins.