CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. Chappaqua's newest tenant, WeeZee: The World of "Yes, I Can," will officially open its doors to the public on May 1. Owner Louise Weadock, though, said some residents have had trouble waiting that long.
"We have people just walking up to the gate, people just walking in, people trying to trick their way in," Weadock said.
Anticipation for WeeZee has been building since January, when it was revealed that it would be moving into the vacant 400 Building at Chappaqua Crossing . Weadock described the building as a sensory play space designed to improve cognitive capability of children by focusing on the senses.
"It's all these different kind of fun imagination types of environments that, whether the child knows or not, is focused on improving their visual, their ocular capabilities and improving their motor planning skills, which is necessary for doing anything," Weadock said.
Environments included in the 16,000 square foot indoor facility are an oxygen bar, athletic training, a music room, a karaoke room and a swing bean café that is equipped with swing seating and offers lattes, smoothies and nutritious snacks.
"We have a lot of really cutting edge athletic training equipment as well as cutting edge type of equipment that requires a child to think with both hemispheres of his brain, which creates more complex thinking," Weadock said.
WeeZees parent company is the Pleasantville-based Access Nursing Services , which will also be moving its headquarters to Chappaqua Crossing in an additional 9,000 square foot space.
Weadock said she settled on Chappaqua Crossing as the home for WeeZee after looking at several other municipalities.
"This Chappaqua Crossing campus is so ideal," Weadock said. "It has a huge auditorium that we can roll that out and put on a battle of the bands. It sits on a 100 acres of land and we can take the equipment out in the summer."
The programs at WeeZee will be available to children from ages 1 to 12, and the building will be open seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Before its May opening, residents wanting a sneak peak won't have to try and trick their way in anymore, as WeeZee began offering public tours on Friday.
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