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COMMUNITY CENTER PLANNING

What WAS 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.




What will the Community Center do?


The ICSCC is a 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.

READ MORE ABOUT SERVICES HERE

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 are 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 (generally) 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 "VOLUNTEER" 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.




Is the building wheelchair accessible?


All doors and bathrooms are ADA compliant. If you have any accomodations you need to tell us about before you visit, contact us




What is the ICS mission?


The mission of Inner Child Studio is to bring the people of our community together through active engagement. This includes playing games, solving problems, sharing skills, competing, creating, and dialogue and debate.





 

[playPOD]

How do I teach a class?


There are two ways to teach a class at ICS: If you teach a class under the ICS Name: You receive 30% back in donations given/ticket sales for your class or event (-costs) as an appreciation gift. We handle all the marketing, processing of registration and taking of payments If you teach a class independently: It is considered a "Facilities Rental". Your rental fee will be based on how much time and space you need for your class and estimated attendance. You must handle your own registration, marketing, and accounting. You are responsible for paying all applicable state and federal taxes. Visit https://www.innerchildstudio.org/teach for more information or to propose a class




How do I register for a class?


Visit https://www.innerchildstudio.org/education Or download the WIX SPACES app and login with your account information for easy registration for all programming.




How do I view which classes I am registered for?


You can view your class registrations, as well as your play[POD] bookings under "MY BOOKINGS" in your account. You must be logged in as a user when you purchase tickets or make bookings in order for them to appear in your account.




Can I cancel my registration in a class?


Please contact us at play@innerchildstudio.org or text us at 360.670.4594 at least 48 hours before the class starts so we can contact people on the waiting list.




What if I miss a class in a series? Can I get a partial refund?


There are no refunds available for missing a class in a series.




Are the age recommendations firm?


Classes with age "recommendations" are only recommendations and you are responsible for deciding if the content is right for your kiddo. Some classes come with age "requirments" in which the requirements must be met due to safety or local and federal laws.





 

Open Play

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. Visitors are asked to take turns in the exhibits for safety.




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. See the current Open Play Sessions, visit Open Play




Do I have to book a space in OPEN PLAY?


It helps us a LOT to pre-book your visit. 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.





 

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. Visitors are asked to take turns in the exhibits for safety.




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. See the current Open Play Sessions, visit Open Play




Do I have to book a space in OPEN PLAY?


It helps us a LOT to pre-book your visit. 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

How do I teach a class?


There are two ways to teach a class at ICS: If you teach a class under the ICS Name: You receive 30% back in donations given/ticket sales for your class or event (-costs) as an appreciation gift. We handle all the marketing, processing of registration and taking of payments If you teach a class independently: It is considered a "Facilities Rental". Your rental fee will be based on how much time and space you need for your class and estimated attendance. You must handle your own registration, marketing, and accounting. You are responsible for paying all applicable state and federal taxes. Visit https://www.innerchildstudio.org/teach for more information or to propose a class




How do I register for a class?


Visit https://www.innerchildstudio.org/education Or download the WIX SPACES app and login with your account information for easy registration for all programming.




How do I view which classes I am registered for?


You can view your class registrations, as well as your play[POD] bookings under "MY BOOKINGS" in your account. You must be logged in as a user when you purchase tickets or make bookings in order for them to appear in your account.




Can I cancel my registration in a class?


Please contact us at play@innerchildstudio.org or text us at 360.670.4594 at least 48 hours before the class starts so we can contact people on the waiting list.




What if I miss a class in a series? Can I get a partial refund?


There are no refunds available for missing a class in a series.




Are the age recommendations firm?


Classes with age "recommendations" are only recommendations and you are responsible for deciding if the content is right for your kiddo. Some classes come with age "requirments" in which the requirements must be met due to safety or local and federal laws.





Groups and Meetups

What WAS 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.




What will the Community Center do?


The ICSCC is a 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.

READ MORE ABOUT SERVICES HERE

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 are 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 (generally) 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 "VOLUNTEER" 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.




Is the building wheelchair accessible?


All doors and bathrooms are ADA compliant. If you have any accomodations you need to tell us about before you visit, contact us




What is the ICS mission?


The mission of Inner Child Studio is to bring the people of our community together through active engagement. This includes playing games, solving problems, sharing skills, competing, creating, and dialogue and debate.





 

Memberships

How do I teach a class?


There are two ways to teach a class at ICS: If you teach a class under the ICS Name: You receive 30% back in donations given/ticket sales for your class or event (-costs) as an appreciation gift. We handle all the marketing, processing of registration and taking of payments If you teach a class independently: It is considered a "Facilities Rental". Your rental fee will be based on how much time and space you need for your class and estimated attendance. You must handle your own registration, marketing, and accounting. You are responsible for paying all applicable state and federal taxes. Visit https://www.innerchildstudio.org/teach for more information or to propose a class




How do I register for a class?


Visit https://www.innerchildstudio.org/education Or download the WIX SPACES app and login with your account information for easy registration for all programming.




How do I view which classes I am registered for?


You can view your class registrations, as well as your play[POD] bookings under "MY BOOKINGS" in your account. You must be logged in as a user when you purchase tickets or make bookings in order for them to appear in your account.




Can I cancel my registration in a class?


Please contact us at play@innerchildstudio.org or text us at 360.670.4594 at least 48 hours before the class starts so we can contact people on the waiting list.




What if I miss a class in a series? Can I get a partial refund?


There are no refunds available for missing a class in a series.




Are the age recommendations firm?


Classes with age "recommendations" are only recommendations and you are responsible for deciding if the content is right for your kiddo. Some classes come with age "requirments" in which the requirements must be met due to safety or local and federal laws.