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WeeZee Takes Shape with New Programs

After school programs will provide busing for Briarcliff Manor, Pleasantville students.

Months , is coming into its own with a series of unique programs.

The childrens' sensory playspace, located at Chappaqua Crossing, has several unique rides and attraction, but the experience includes more than that.

"They come for the equipment but they stay for the program," said Louise Weadock, WeeZee's founder and chief executive.

The initiatives include its recent summer camp, which was formed after demand for one. The camp—Weadock reported a good enrollment start—included thematic activities such as a carnival, Olympics and "WeeZee, You've Got Talent," the later of which gives kids a chance to find out what their special talents are.

"The word is getting out," Weadock, a Briarcliff Manor resident, said of the camp.

WeeZee also has an after-school program planned for the coming school year, starting in September. Busing will be planned for kids from schools in Chappaqua, Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor, she explained.

Helping to oversee the after-school program is Nadeen Silverstein, who comes to WeeZee from Pleasantville's .

"It's an incredible place," Silverstein said.

The after-school program will include snack, playing with the equipment and a focus on different topics each day, according to Silverstein. There will also be homework help, according to Weadock. The program will seek to combine activities found elsewhere with WeeZee's atmosphere. As an example given, kids could do art with shaving cream and then run into the rain room afterward.

Since opening, however, Weadock explained WeeZee has had to overcome a misconception that its services are only for children with learning disabilities. While strengthening of the senses is something that benefits them, Weadock says that any child can benefit from the experience.

It is a "gym for everybody," she said.

The arrival of programs also represents a branching out for WeeZee, beyond the basics of its playspace equipment.

Recently, WeeZee has had or planned other experiences. They include a 100-day celebration for operation and  with .

"They didn't want a museum-like environment," explained Weadock about prospective customers.

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