Frequently Asked Questions

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About KidSpace

  • Who runs KidSpace? [read on...]
  • Is KidSpace affiliated with the Payson Park Church or with the Payson Park Nursery School? [read on...]

Joining

  • How much does it cost to visit KidSpace? [read on...]
  • Do I need to be a Belmont resident? [read on...]
  • What are the advantages of membership? [read on…]

Hours

What should I know about KidSpace before visiting?

  • What is the policy for sick children? [read on...]
  • Can I drop off my child/children with a nanny or babysitter? [read on...]
  • Can I bring my older children with me to KidSpace? [read on...]
  • How does KidSpace stay clean? [read on...]
  • Is there a place to park strollers? [read on...]
  • Can we bring food into KidSpace? [read on...]
  • Is food for sale at KidSpace? [read on...]
  • Is there an area to change diapers? [read on...]
  • Does Kidspace rent space for birthday parties?[read on...]

Volunteer shifts

  • What are some ideas for working at KidSpace with my young children? [read on...]
  • How do I sign-up to take a shift? [read on...]
  • Do I have to sign-up for 2 shifts at once? [read on...]
  • It's my first time taking a shift, what do I do? [read on...]
  • How do I cancel my shift? [read on...]

Other ways to participate

About KidSpace

Who runs KidSpace?

Belmont KidSpace is operated by the Belmont Parent’s Network, a volunteer-managed, non-profit organization. The Belmont Parent’s Network was founded in 2003 by a group of parents who recognized the need for a community-based indoor facility where kids could play during the winter months and where parents could get to know one another in a kid-friendly environment.

Since opening its doors, KidSpace has served hundreds of families from Belmont and surrounding communities. Based on this tremendous success, KidSpace reorganized as a cooperative in 2005. As a cooperative, each member family is asked to fulfill two 120-minute shifts over the course of the season.

Is KidSpace affiliated with the Payson Park Church or with the Payson Park Nursery School?

No. The Belmont Parent's Network rents the gymnasium and the dining hall from the church for KidSpace, and the Payson Park Nursery School is an independent operation of KidSpace. However, the Nursery School is currently sharing climbing structures and equipment with KidSpace, and the church has been instrumental to the growth and success of KidSpace.

Visiting and Joining

How much does it cost to visit KidSpace?

The fees are listed on the homepage. **Members who complete one shift per month (for a total of six shifts) will receive a $30 rebate at the end of the season. Members who complete two shifts per month (for a total of twelve shifts) will receive a $60 rebate at the end of the season.

Do I need to be a Belmont resident?

No. KidSpace cooperative membership is open to the general public -- Belmont residents as well as residents of neighboring towns.

What are the advantages of membership?

Members have full use of the space during all the hours that KidSpace has rented the space from the Payson Park Church (hours listed on the home page), even if no member has signed up to staff a shift. We just ask that you sign in and staff the space while you are there. Non-members, on the other hand, may only visit during hours in which KidSpace is staffed by a member, as shown on the staffed shift calendar.

When is KidSpace open?

We are open according to the schedule posted on the home page as long as members have signed up to staff the table. Check if specific dates have volunteers signed up on the staffed shift calendar.

What determines Kidspace regular hours?

The Payson Park Nursery School is located on the same level as KidSpace, and uses the space in the mornings for program activities. Other activities such as dance and music classes, and church groups, also share the same space.

When will Kidspace not open or close early?

WEATHER – If the town of Belmont declares a snow emergency (i.e. no street parking is allowed), KidSpace will be closed. If Belmont schools are closed but there is not a snow emergency, KidSpace may be open. Check the website. An email announcement will be sent in the event of a closing.

LACK OF VOLUNTEERS – Unfortunately, it occasionally happens that volunteers cannot be found for every day of operation. In this case, KidSpace will be closed. If the door is locked on a regularly scheduled day of operation, feel free to sign up as the volunteer and open and close KidSpace according to normal procedures. Members should not use KidSpace if no one present is willing to sign up and take responsibility as the volunteer for the shift.

CONFLICT WITH PAYSON PARK CHURCH SCHEDULE – It also occasionally happens that the Church has a special event or activity which conflicts with the KidSpace schedule. You will be informed of these closings via email.


What do I need to know before I visit?

What is the policy for sick children?

In order to keep Belmont Kidspace a healthy place for all children, we ask parents to follow these guidelines in regards to illness. These guidelines have been adapted from the Belmont Public School s policy.

A child should remain away from Kidspace if any of these apply:

  • Has a cold in the contagious stage (first 3-5 days)
  • Sore throat and swollen neck glands accompanied by a fever
  • Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
  • Earache, red eyes or drainage from the eyes
  • Tonsilities or any communicable disease
  • Fever over 100 during the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • Head lice (until treated and all nits are removed)

Can I drop off my child/children with a nanny or babysitter?

Yes. However children must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or other adult caregiver. In addition, the caregiver must be able to provide the name of the primary contact in the system to ensure the family is registered.

Can I bring my older children with me to KidSpace?

KidSpace was designed with pre-schoolers in mind, and there are not a lot of activities or equipment for older children. If your child does accompany you to KidSpace, please make sure they are not being too physical in an area where there are younger children, or using equipment which is not designed for their age group. In many cases older children have been a big help setting up blocks with younger kids or helping them with puzzles.

How does KidSpace stay clean?

A Clean KidSpace is a Safe KidSpace

Kidspace is cleaned on a weekly basis by a paid, professional cleaning service. Prior to the season opening, a cleaning day for volunteers is held during which all toys are thoroughly cleaned. A mid-season cleaning of the toys is also scheduled in January/ February. All rugs and mats are professionally cleaned once a year.

As a parent-run cooperative, a clean Kidspace is the responsibility of every member. Here's what members can do to help keep it a safe place to play:

  • To keep street dirt out of the Kidspace area, please (adults and kids) take your shoes before going inside. Shoes and coats can be stored in the cubbies or under shelves outside the Kidspace front gate.
  • Help your child put away toys they have played with when they are done using them or as you are preparing to leave. Playdough, in particular, needs to be cleaned up immediately after use.
  • Food should only be consumed at the tables near the entrance.
  • All guests should wash their hands after using the bathroom and should use hand sanitizer upon entering. Hand sanitizer is available on the front desk near the entrance to Kidspace.
  • All mouthed toys must be placed in the "mouthed toys" bin. The volunteer on shift should thoroughly wipe all mouthed with sanitary wipes found in the volunteer closet by the front entrance. All wiped toys should be left out to dry over night on the long brown tables near the front entrance to KidSpace, and they should be put away the following day.
  • If there are bodily fluids to be cleaned up such as blood, urine, stool or vomit, the parent or caregiver should use the EPA approved sanitary wipes. Gloves are available in the First Aid kit next to the front desk.
  • For all other cleaning needs, there is vinegar in a spray bottle, paper towels, and wipes in the volunteer closest by the front desk.
  • Diapers can be changed in the restrooms down the hall from KidSpace and should be disposed of in the marked diaper pails provided in KidSpace.

Is there a place to park strollers?

If you bring a stroller, please bring it downstairs and leave it in the long hallway by the restrooms. Please do not block access to the elevator either up- or down-stairs.

Can we bring food into KidSpace?

Yes. Parents are allowed to bring in food or drinks for themselves and their children; however, all food must be nut-free and must be consumed at the dining tables. Parents must clean up after their children by wiping down the tables and chairs, and sweeping up any food that fell on the floor.

Is there an area to change diapers?

Both the Women's Room and Men's room adjacent to KidSpace have changing stations. Please dispose of diapers in the marked diaper pail IN KidSpace (not the restrooms).

Is food for sale at KidSpace?

There are snacks (e.g. Goldfish crackers) and kid drinks (e.g. juice boxes, water), as well as coffee and tea for parents (sold by the cup). Each snack and drink costs $1.00 .

Does KidSpace rent out the space for birthday parties?

No. Our contract with Payson Park Church allows us the use of the space during KidSpace hours only.

Volunteer Shifts

What are some ideas for working at KidSpace with my young children?

Each family, based on the ages and temperaments of their children, will have a different experience working the registration desk in KidSpace. Many parents are able to keep an eye on their kids while working the desk. Others find that they need a different strategy. In the past, parents have:

  • Kept their children near the registration desk (only appropriate for some families)
  • Volunteered when a friend, spouse or caregiver was available to watch the kids in KidSpace
  • Volunteered with a friend at KidSpace to help keep an eye on each other's children
  • Volunteered on a weekend day when they could come alone and leave the kids at home

Also, if you are a new volunteer and you feel you need more information before working a shift at the registration desk, please contact volunteer@belmontkidspace.org.

Do I have to sign-up for all 2 shifts at once?

No, you may sign up for your shifts one at a time.

It's my first time taking a shift, what do I do?

It's easy. There are detailed instructions in the Volunteer Handbook and if you still have concerns, contact us about partnering you with an experienced parent.

How do I cancel my shift?

Locate your shift in the calendar and edit by removing your name and email address (set email to '-select-').

Help KidSpace!

How can I help KidSpace grow?

The Belmont Parent's Network is a non-profit organization, and gladly accepts donations of money, toys and volunteer assistance. The Network is always looking for new funding opportunities through neighborhood grants, and would appreciate learning about these through local parents. For more information about helping, please contact info@BelmontKidspace.org.

How can I donate toys to KidSpace?

If you have toys in that might be useful to KidSpace, please send an email to info@belmontkidspace.org. Toys that are especially useful are Cozy Coupes, "ride-on" vehicles for older children, tricycles, dress-up clothes, and Thomas/Brio type wooden trains. KidSpace could also use pre-school size play tables with chairs. All equipment should be in good, safe condition.

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