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Northshore March 2018

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 48 MARCH 2018 tness programming director Leslie Blangi- forti and include burnHIIT, burnKICK, mamaSTRENGTH&STRETCH, and more. Classes are not designed to be "easy mom-style tness." You will get a true workout, much like what you would nd at a traditional gym or tness studio. Your tness level is not a limita- tion; you will nd a class that meets you where you are, and that will grow with you as your tness needs evolve or change. Dierent op- tions for membership abound and childcare is included as part of various memberships and class packs, and your rst class at A Mom's Village is free. While you exercise or take advantage of one of the Village's various amenities, your chil- dren will be in the loving hands of professional childcare sta. Many mothers are huge fans of the Village's music classes for children, which are designed under children's programming director Lindsey Nupp. All moms are working moms, and A Mom's Village is for mothers who are full-time car- egivers as well as for those who work outside the home, with varied class schedules to t the needs of busy families. And while it is named A Mom's Village, Keohan and Solomon point out CONTACT / L I V E + P L AY / ADDITIONAL PLACES TO WORKOUT AND PLAY I T S Y B I T S Y Z O N E + From an indoor playground that kids flip over to classes focusing on music and play, as well as birthday party packages, you can be sure your tots will leave this Salisbury center smiling (and tired!). H A R M O N Y N A T U R A L L E A R N I N G C E N T E R + With a range of classes, preschool, and open play, there's something to spark the interest of every child at Harmony, which is located in Newbury. harmonynaturallearning S K Y Z O N E + Located in Danvers, Toddler Time is o-ered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Parental supervision is required. that this is a place where caregivers, nannies, and grandparents are also welcome. If you're curious about the kinds of ameni- ties the Village oers, it might be quicker to list what they don't oer. From tness classes to childcare, music classes to stroller park- ing, and a mommy concierge service that will soon be helping mothers with meals, the list of services goes on and on. Keohan and Solomon are continually seeking input from mothers on what they like and what they would love to see. Moms are welcome to stop in and read a book or a magazine, or enjoy a cup of coee or a snack, in the clubhouse area while their children play or take a music class. A Mom's Village is a place for moms to meet up with friends as well as a place to make new friends in a way that feels natural, as opposed to set- ting up a playdate and feeling the pressure "to make a new 'mom friend' by the time the playdate is over," says Solomon. A Mom's Village will soon be moving to a brand-new, state-of-the-art expanded space in the same shopping plaza where they are currently located, taking over part of a space where an outgoing T.J.Maxx used to be. e new location will feature luxurious locker rooms and showers, and the entire space has been designed with practicality and relaxa- tion in mind. e reaction Keohan and Solomon have received from mothers has been overwhelm- ing. e owners frequently hear that they really are "changing motherhood for a lot of women," says Keohan. "Coming to A Mom's Village allows a mom to come in, nd an outlet for stress, and leave calmer and hap- pier than when she walked in." It's no small wonder why; facilities like A Mom's Village are not exactly easy to come by. e Village is about self-care in a way that is dierent from taking yourself out for a manicure (although you can also take advantage of their "drop and go" childcare and do just that). What the Village provides are options, something many moms fundamentally lack. Just giving a mom the option to take a tness class or play with her child or simply sit and relax by herself or with a friend…well, that's very likely more exibility than many moms could hope for on a given day. At the end of the day, their mission is to "make motherhood easier," says Keohan. "Taking care of yourself is not 'extra.'" It is a must-do. And if it takes a village to get that done, you're not likely to nd a better one. Classes are not designed to be easy; you will get a true workout, much like at a traditional gym.

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