The young and not-so-young had fun on their minds when they arrived at the grand opening last month of Snooknuk, a new performing arts café that hosts classes for kids of all ages.
The family-friendly event included a bounce house, popcorn, stilt walkers, face painters and more inside and outside the cheery space at 506 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Classes are already in full swing, and Snooknuk’s owner Cheri Jacobs has plans for even more ways for families and children to bond through performing arts, musical theater and dance. “I think parents are really going to be excited about the programs we’re creating for kids,” said Jacobs.
With a background in singing and composing that included writing jingles for television and commercials, Jacobs began making children’s videos and hosting music programs at area schools including Page, Larchmont Charter and Third Street.
Living in the neighborhood and having three kids of her own, Jacobs wanted to be able to offer even more classes and events to area families. She found the space on Larchmont, and began gearing up for programs for youngsters. “But then I thought, gosh, instead of having the parents come and twiddle their thumbs while their kids were taking classes, I’d offer a space for them to have lunch and coffee.”
Snooknuk serves up a variety of coffees, iced and hot, frozen yogurt, paninis, salads and pastries. Free wifi allows parents to catch up on emails on the patio while their youngsters are inside taking a class.
“It’s just a really nice place to relax,” said Jacobs. “So even if you don’t have a child, you can stop by, grab a coffee and sit on the patio.”
Among classes is Snooknuk Bop that incorporates dance movement and music. Dance With My Star allows moms, grandmas, nannies to engage with infants and toddlers through movement.
Snooknuk, which has a licensed nurse on staff, also offers supervised play. “Parents can walk down to the farmers market, have a spa treatment, go to the bank or run errands for an hour or two while we entertain their little ones,” said Jacobs.
Future plans include evening classes for grownups. “I’m thinking of things like 40’s nights where couples can come in together for singing and dancing.”
For more information go to snooknuk.com.