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click to enlarge Romp! Indoor Playground - COURTESY OF JACKIE SCRIBNER
  • Courtesy of Jackie Scribner
  • Romp! Indoor Playground

A new play space in Barre caters to kids who need to burn energy — and parents who need a jolt of caffeine. Romp! Indoor Playground opened December 1. The 3,000-square-foot space, located in a former organic bedding showroom, boasts a tunnel climber, a bounce castle with a slide, pedal go-carts, oversized foam blocks, a swing and an assortment of toys. An espresso bar serves drinks for the grown-ups, as well as organic snacks. Jackie Scribner of Cabot is the driving force behind Romp! A grandmother of two, Scribner formerly owned the now-closed Hestia Espresso Bar in Plainfield. She explained that even though it was a "teeny-weeny café," moms and kids would often gather there. She recognized the need to provide a gathering spot for parents who are home during the day with their kids. "This is my dream project," she said. After a long search for a location, she decided on the space in Barre because its high ceilings can accommodate a bouncy castle and because the town could use more kids' activities. Romp! will offer open play five days a week, designated hours for kids with special needs and birthday parties.

Romp! Indoor Playground is located at 131 South Main St. in Barre. Learn more at rompindoorplayground.com, or find it on Facebook.

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