FAQs

 

COMMUNITY CENTER PLANNING

What is Inner Child Studio?


ICS is a non-proft organization founded in Bellingham, Wa in 2014. ICS’s primary goal is to provide enrichment and educational activities for families, children, adults, groups, and businesses. For six years, ICS has traveled to schools, centers, summer camps, offices, etc in Whatcom county to bring the educational benefits of play to anyone who requests. ICS has worked with various organizations including the Opportunity Council, Max Higbee Center, FACES Northwest, Parent to Parent Whatcom County, The Downtown Bellingham Partnership, The Franklin Academy, WWU Youth Programs, and The City of Bellingham.




Where will the community center be?


We are looking at a few locations, but it is close to being decided on a place in the Orchard Street Business center.




When will it open?


The projected Soft opening will be the first week of August 2021, with a Grand Opening Celebration on August 7th, 2021.




What will the Community Center do?


The ICSCC is a proposed Community Center located in Bellingham with the goal of bringing together families, creating partnerships with community organizations, offering a space for neighborhood organization meetings, events, and fundraisers. It is the goal of the ICSCC to develop programming based on the needs and input of its members, and to provide support to other organizations and community groups to accomplish their goals, with special attention to marginalized populations and LGBTQI Youth.

Please take a look at some of the ideas we have. Our initial idea is to use the playPOD and space rental income to help support public programming.

Paid Services:

  • playPOD rentals
  • open play exhibits
  • special events
  • classes/workshops
  • rental of the facility to third parties

Public Services:

  • After school programs/clubs
  • Mentorship programs
  • Space for local group meetups
  • Fundraising events

Adult Events

The ICSCC Is not intended to be a child/family only center. Adult events can be the core of fundraising to support family events. Evening and late nights can be utilized for adult programming.

Possibilities: Euro Game night, Video Game Tournaments, Brews and Bricks (Lego), Movie Nights, Parties, Live Music, Art Shows, Burlesque shows, Karaoke, etc.

Other Community Event Possibilities:

Swap Meets, Vendor Fairs




What will the membership structure be like?


There will likely be different types of membership levels:

  • Paid monthly membership that gives benefits like vouchers or discounts on all paid services.
  • Free memberships for volunteers who commit a certain number of hours per calendar month.
  • Free VIP Memberships for people living with special needs, income vulnerability, experiencing homelessness, or come from historically marginalized communities and cultures (paid for with the scholarship fund).




Will we have to wear masks?


The ICS will comply with and enforce whatever the current state/county mandates dictate.

If all restrictions have been lifted, we ask that visitores who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask.




Will I/My kids have to be vaccinated to enter?


We will not ask you for vaccination records. By attending the center and signing the waivers, you understand the risk of entering a facility where others may not be vaccinated and could pose harm or risk to you and your family.




Will I/my kids have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter?


If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, we ask that you please wear a mask and follow COVID safety protocols.




Will you offer child care?


We are not licensed by the state to offer child care, but some classes, camps and clubs will not require parents to be present. We are happy to collaborate with people interested in developing a small co-op.




How can I help?


We would love your help! If you are interested in volunteering, please click the "CONTACT" link on the top menu bar. If you are interested in donating materials, also click the "CONTACT" link on the top menu bar. If you are interested in donating money, please click the "DONATE" link on the top menu.





 

[playPOD]

What is a playPOD?


playPODs are private exhibits that you can rent for 50 minutes. The exhibits exist in a large room with other exhibits that will be in use. Exhibits are separated with barriers from other exhibits and the seating area.




How many people fit in a playPOD?


1 booking is for 4 human beings over age one (12 months). This can be: - 1 adult and 3 kids - 2 adults and 2 kids - 3 adults and 1 kid - 4 adults Feel free to share a booking with a friend, as long as you don't exceed 4 humans.




Can I book a playPOD online or one my phone?


Site Members who register with an e-mail and password will be able to book playPODs and Open Play sessions easily with our mobile friendly website. If you like apps, download the SPACES app on your phone.




I or my child has special accomodation needs


Please let us know anything important in the notes field during the checkout process or give us a call, e-mail, or chat message text.




Can I book more than one playPOD session that happen at the same time?


If you have enough adults to properly stay with any kids under 13 in each playPOD, then yes.




Can I book multiple playPODs in a row?


Yes, just be sure to check out and check in to your new POD.




Can I share my playPOD with the people next to me/in other exibits?


As long as everyone consents, you may play among other exhibits or invite others to play in yours.





 

Open Play

What is a playPOD?


playPODs are private exhibits that you can rent for 50 minutes. The exhibits exist in a large room with other exhibits that will be in use. Exhibits are separated with barriers from other exhibits and the seating area.




How many people fit in a playPOD?


1 booking is for 4 human beings over age one (12 months). This can be: - 1 adult and 3 kids - 2 adults and 2 kids - 3 adults and 1 kid - 4 adults Feel free to share a booking with a friend, as long as you don't exceed 4 humans.




Can I book a playPOD online or one my phone?


Site Members who register with an e-mail and password will be able to book playPODs and Open Play sessions easily with our mobile friendly website. If you like apps, download the SPACES app on your phone.




I or my child has special accomodation needs


Please let us know anything important in the notes field during the checkout process or give us a call, e-mail, or chat message text.




Can I book more than one playPOD session that happen at the same time?


If you have enough adults to properly stay with any kids under 13 in each playPOD, then yes.




Can I book multiple playPODs in a row?


Yes, just be sure to check out and check in to your new POD.




Can I share my playPOD with the people next to me/in other exibits?


As long as everyone consents, you may play among other exhibits or invite others to play in yours.





 

Events

What is OPEN PLAY?


Open Play is a play session where exhibits are open for anyone to interact with. Beginning capacity for open play with small groups with masks required. Exhibits will be separated and spread out to help with social distancing.




What are the different OPEN PLAY sessions?


We have different types of OPEN PLAY sessions, with special focus for different groups, like toddlers, babies, kids, people with special needs, and teens. The exhbits change with each session and depending on the group. We also have special themed open plays focusing on one type of play, like LEGO or water.




Do I have to book a space in OPEN PLAY?


Yes! Please book ahead using our website, mobile site, or the SPACES APP. In the future, when events can be larger, we will have walk-ins available.




Can I leave/drop off my kids for Open Play?


We do not offer drop-off sessions for young children at this time. Open Play is designed for everyone to have fun and interact with each other. Please make sure the people you are responsible for are in your field of vision at all times. Teen events for visitors aged 13-17 are adult-free.




Do we have to come at the beginning of the session and stay the whole time?


You can come at any time of the open session; just note that the cost will not be different if you arrive 40 minutes into the session or 5 minutes in. You can also leave and come back if you need.




How do I receive the 50% discount?


Members of any kind can book Open Play Sessions at a special price. Once you purchase a Supporting Membership, your discount option will appear at checkout as long as you are logged into your account. You can also earn Session Passes for Open Play and other ICS sessions by volunteering. Volunteers receive a free membership after orientation and registration.





 

Education

Where ae the FAQs?


Working on them now!





Memberships

How do I buy a Supporting Membership?


Go to the Memberships Page and Select the Supporting Membership. You will be asked to register as a site member and choose a password.




How long does a membership last?


Your membership fee will be charged monthy for 12 months, or until you cancel it.




What do I get for being a member?


Supporting Members receive:

  • 12 FREE [playPOD] Bookings
  • 50% off all Open Play Sessions
  • 20% off Specific Events
  • Coupon Codes and Exclusive Discounts
  • Discount on facilities or meeting room rentals
  • Access to kitchen facilites and Member Lounge
Your membership fees can be written off as a donation. The best part is that your donation goes to the programs supporting the vulnerable families and youth in our community.




Can I still volunteer if I am a Supporting Member?


Yes - and Please! If you want to be THAT awesome - then please check out the Volunteer Info Page for the next Orientation and the registration form.




How do I cancel my membership?


Sign in to the website using the "LOGIN" link at the top of your screen. Once logged in, you can access MY ACCOUNT - and under MY MEMBERSHIPS, edit your membership status.