KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's a child's dream: Hanging out in the ball bit, jumping in the bouncy house and even enjoying some bumper car action with friends and family.
But due to the pandemic, many of those fun, indoor activities look different.
"All those other facilities that we usually utilize for birthday party entertainment, they were all shut down," Diamond Fuse said. "There was no place to go to celebrate your child's birthday party. Me, having children, I know how important it is to us to still capture those precious moments."
It's one of the reasons the mother of three decided to open Bizzy Babies in Kansas City.
"I do focus on low-income communities. I want to help struggling parents that still are trying to do something great for their children," Fuse said. "I actually came across a company that's doing it in California. That's originally where I'm from. So when I saw that, my mind just started going, wheels just started turning. And I'm like, I think that's something that KC can utilize."
For the children, not only are they having fun, but they're learning - maybe without even realizing it.
"There's hand-eye coordination when the kids interact with the ball fields, or even motor skills when they're going on to bounce houses," Fuse said. "There's just a lot of child development benefits that the kids can receive from it."
Bizzy Babies is mobile and can bring indoor and outdoor activities to homes.
"I take extra precautions and follow CDC regulations when we go to sterilize the playground, as well as, I have a blue light analyzer, that I spray and disinfect all of the equipment before the kids jump on," Fuse said.
One of Bizzy Babies' partners is Life of The Party KC, another local business in the Grandview area.
"She has amazing, decor," Fuse said. "She has two locations, so please reach out to her if you guys are interested in supporting, we have a special package for you guys, yet."
While Bizzy Babies has only been open a few months and the pandemic has presented its own challenges, Fuse said opening the company was worth it and beneficial for her and her family.
"We still have to survive out here. So, this was an opportunity for me to create my own wealth and do it on my own time," Fuse said. "Whenever life hits you the hardest, stay positive. Don't worry, the doors will open."
Packages for the playgrounds range from $100 to $300.
Fuse's goal is to work with larger organizations, such as the YMCA or domestic violence shelters that work with children, in an effort for children to have fun and also work on those early childhood development skills.
We've created a Facebook group, We're Open Kansas City, where members of the community can post businesses serving their community.