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What to Consider When Building a Creative Children’s Space

Creating an amazing child-friendly space for play is a beautiful marriage of artistic inspiration and architectural know-how. Before you get ready to have a space built, though, it’s a good idea to stop and think. The considerations below will help you to create an ideal space.


Who’s Playing?

An inspiring space should be fun for all ages, but you still want to make sure you cater to your target group. There’s nothing wrong with skewing a little young or a little old in hopes of making a friendly space, but stop and think about who’s coming along to play. If you’re running a dental practice that caters to infants, for example, you’ll want to make sure that your design caters to those who aren’t too steady on their feet. Those with a church youth group, on the other hand, want something that’s going to work for a wide range of ages.


Safety First

How safe is your play space? Stop and think for a moment about sharp edges and drops as if you were a child playing instead of an adult with an artistic vision. There’s always a chance of injury in any play space, but it’s still your job to minimize that chance as much as possible. Designing with safety in mind should be a design challenge, not a design destroyer. Sometimes, working with a safer design will actually allow the designer a chance to create something that will be truly amazing for the children for whom it is designed.


Long-Term Plans

One major issue that people forget when designing a space is that they’re rather permanent. Unless you’re planning on tearing everything down after a year or two, you’ll be dealing with a long-term space – and that means that you’re looking towards designs that are timeless rather than those that embrace fads. It’s amazing to design a space that captures the feel of the latest hit movie, but you’ve got to stop and think about whether it will be relevant five or ten years down the line. Sticking with simple, timeless themes will help your space to stand the test of time.

Your space should be able to stand up to years of play, so be sure you make sure its exactly what you want. Keep safety in mind, but also make sure it’s fun. With a bit of work and some design inspiration, your new space can become an important part of your home or business.


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How Themed Spaces in Sunday School Help Children Focus

Beautifully designed themed spaces, whether in a Sunday School classroom or on stage for vacation bible school, not only engage children and make them excited to be there, but also help them focus. A themed space creates a cohesive environment by incorporating a variety of elements that allow children to focus on what is really important: learning. Here are a few ways they help children focus:


Cohesive Ideas


If children are learning about a specific bible story in Sunday School, such as Jonah and the Whale, they receive messages from the overall lesson and topic everywhere they direct their attention. The space allows them to keep their mind focused on the learning session no matter where they look because the theme runs through everything in the room.

New Life church located in Everett, WA understands just how important a child’s learning environment is. From the first moment a child enters the Kids Trek Sunday School or Children’s Church area, they are transported into an outdoor adventure where learning is around every corner.


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All Around Fun


Themed spaces are more fun for children than a regular, everyday room. When they enter an exciting environment, they pick up on the lesson more enthusiastically and are more excited about learning. From registration, to snack time through to story time and interactive learning time, the space exudes fun. In fact, we have it on sound authority that it is hard to get them to leave when class is over.


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Breaks Keep Focus


Children need frequent breaks from lesson time or they will become increasingly restless and unable to focus. In a themed space, even a break time becomes an opportunity for learning. As children move to a different part of the room and do a different activity, they are still within the same theme, which keeps their focus on the basic idea.


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If you read a book to a child, they will forget the story an hour later. If you read the book to the child four times in a row, they won’t forget it for weeks. The same can be said about lessons in themed rooms. When you teach a concept, story, or idea to a child in a themed space, he is much more likely to remember it later because the idea is reinforced everywhere around the room. The more you want children to remember, the more you need to reinforce the lesson in as many ways as possible. There’s a lesson in every bible story; they are full of adventure and excitement as well as fear and treachery – all the things kids experience at Kids Trek at New Life Church.


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Planning a themed space can take some effort, but in the end, it is worth it to keep the children’s focus on the main event…the lesson.  After having a themed room for awhile, you will notice an increase in class attendance. Children will focus on the lessons and enjoy them so much that word will spread and more families will start to attend the church just because their children want to see the room!





To book a free Visioneering Encounter with us to plan your themed space, contact us today!



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Themed Spaces as a Third Space

Children are naturally nervous going to the dentist, whether for the first time or the tenth. Imagine how at ease they would feel if they could rocket into outer space or hide out in a jungle tree house while waiting for their appointment. Not only would this allow them to calm down, but they may even begin to look forward to their next visit!

A crucial component of business is to create return customers. Creating an environment that promotes the concept of neutral ground and is rich in regulars ensures repeat business.

CoolStuff Studios specializes in doing just that – designing custom areas to engage and calm visitors and customers. By creating a unique place to function as a third space, people will want to return time and again.

Creating Return Customers With A Themed Space

As with any business, customers are not required to frequent a certain place. This is why it is important to create something that draws attention. Whether your needs are for a doctor’s office, a church, or a barbershop, you want to be sure customers are attracted to your business. Neutral painted walls and basic chairs will not usually impress people. However, a village theme with bright colors and fun designs is sure to wow customers!

Word of mouth has long been an excellent form of advertising for any business. A great way to promote this is by creating regulars to your business. Regulars can attract new business and help those customers to feel comfortable. People are more inclined to do business at a place they are referred to by a close friend or family member, rather than going off of an ad they’ve seen.

A third space focuses on being an outlet other than home and work, the first and second space respectively. This should be a place that is welcoming, exciting, and creates a sense of community. Utilizing a design team like ours at CoolStuff Studios to create a themed space ensures your business will hit all of those key points effortlessly.

Whether you know exactly how you want your space to look or have no idea where to start, CoolStuff Studios is the company to work with. Our team of designers and artists will partner with you to create your dream space to draw in new customers and charm existing customers. We are dedicated to partnering with business owners to make the process easy and seamless while keeping your ideas at the forefront to ensure your needs and wants are met.

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Creating a Successful Third Space: Focus on Communication, Accessibility, and Accommodation

Third spaces refer to those places outside of the home (first space) and work (second space), where people gather to commune and socialize. Such spaces can include clubs, cafes, parks, community centers, and gaming lounges, or can be a part of an existing space such as a dentist’s office, church and so forth. An ideal third space is conversation focused, accessible, and accommodating. Below we discuss two of these main characteristics of third spaces, and why they are absolutely important.

Making Conversation the Main Activity

Creating a successful third space or designing a third space requires fostering an atmosphere of communication. Third spaces, by nature, are designed to be a place where people can embrace broader perspectives and have more creative interactions. In other words, people are able to connect in newer, more dynamic ways with new and old acquaintances, family and friends.

For communication to be a central activity within a third space, there are certain features that are encouraged within the space including:

  • Food and beverages
  • Social activities that are light-hearted, playful, and fun
  • Music

Social activities allow those within the space to relax and feel more comfortable while having the right background music, played at a reasonable volume, can help set the atmosphere and tone for great interaction.

Accessibility and Accommodation in Third Spaces

Of course, third spaces must be easy-to-get-to and accommodating in order to be beneficial. Ideally, they are accessible by foot or a quick bus or car ride. In addition to proximity, there are other characteristics or features which lend themselves to the accessibility and accommodation factors of third spaces. Third spaces should be made available at little to no cost to those who wish to enjoy them. Additionally, visiting the space and participating in of the offered activities should be non-obligatory. In other words, those who visit third spaces should feel free to choose how they spend their time there.

Creating Ideal Third Spaces

A third space should, in essence, feel like a home away from home. There are a number of things that can be done to help ensure this. These things, of course, depend on who is being catered to by the space. Everything from color choices to size, layout, design, furniture, and fixtures can help create the best possible atmosphere.

These are among the many factors we take into consideration when creating the ideal third spaces for churches, Sunday school or children’s church rooms, dentist offices and other special interest groups.

Contact us to learn more or check our awesome third space designs for churches!

Half Moon Dentistry

Shaping a Modern Dental Clinic for Kids

Only a fortunate few children love visiting the dentist or at least don’t mind it. Many are disgruntled and even terrified by the prospect. What is it about the dentist’s office that frightens children? Some of their fear is learned: parents frequently hate going for a dental check-up too. High-pitched noises emanating from dangerous-looking tools set a person’s nerves and teeth on edge at any age before they come into view. When a child sees those tools his fears take shape. Meanwhile, the entire atmosphere is much like that of a hospital or doctor’s waiting room — clinical, cold, and colorless.

A Modern Pediatric Dental Clinic is Different

How can today’s pediatric dentists at the start of private practice, renovating a dental treatment facility, or specializing in pediatric dentistry encourage children to enjoy their visit? Is it possible a child might look forward to this necessary check-up, even getting a filling, when a design sets nerves at rest and even animates youthful interest? Yes, it is! And if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.

Color of Calm

Child's Play Dentistry

We can help you rid your dental office of its frighteningly clean, white interiors in favor of bright shades: lively greens, yellows, blues, oranges, and purples. We can help you select a theme which runs through the entire office to instill a sense of peace amid the youthful energy. Depending on your preferences, you might select all cool colors, pastels, a repeated cartoon motif, or marine hues and nautical images, for example.

Canning the Clinical

Child's Play Dentistry

A modern pediatric dental clinic shares more in common with a lively pre-school, boasting large rounded sinks with big mirrors and real towels instead of the usual paper-towel dispensers and full but enclosed sinks and counters. Everything is open, airy, and spacious. The claustrophobia of older offices no longer has a place in today’s dental clinic, although the setting is still clean.

Furnishing for Relaxation or Play

Child's Play Dentistry

Some spaces boast low-rise seating more like ottomans than chairs. Others create nooks and crannies in walls comfortable enough to curl up inside, at least if you’re a child. A lot of waiting rooms look more like play areas. TV screens are important, always airing cartoons, of course. A long bench provides the welcoming feel that single chairs — even lavender ones — simply cannot provide.

Sculpting Space

Half Moon Dentistry

Treatment and waiting areas no longer have to take the box-like shape of an average space. Bright hallways curve and slope like a hall of mirrors at a fairground. Add some midway scenes and a child might be at the fair. These curving corridors aren’t plain yellow, white, or green either, but feature dental graffiti all over. Treatment rooms are organized so equipment is hidden but operates at a very low volume when in use.

Check how we improved pediatric dental clinic interior for our clients. If this is what you’re looking for with your office plans, contact us today!