The Lily Pad loads of fun for local youth

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

A new busi­ness has just opened in the past weeks in Rock­mart that will give chil­dren a fun and mag­i­cal place to play no mat­ter what it is like out­side.

Open Wed­nes­days through Sun­days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their new home at 248 Elm St., the Lily Pad is want­ing to see a whole bunch of kids run through their doors to en­joy a play area, a track to ride around on in plas­tic cars, and even a bounce house. So long as every­one takes their shoes off first.

The Lily Pad’s owner Mag­gie Grib­ble said it is her in­ten­tion that as the busi­ness cel­e­brated a grand open­ing and their new mem­ber­ship with the Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce, that it was only the be­gin­ning of a dream she has for chil­dren of all ages to have a place to come and play.

“We’re Polk County lovers. We’re from here, and we love our hometown,” she said. “We wanted to bring some­thing new to the area and also try to open the door for more fe­male en­trepreneurs to come in and take a leap of faith and open a busi­ness.”

The for­mer home of a pay­day loan ven­dor, Grib­ble and her fam­ily have trans­formed the in­side to look like a dream land for kids. It fea­tures a cas­tle that youth can go up­stairs and look down from the tur­rets, and slide back to the ground in a corkscrew. Un­der­neath where the draw­bridge would be is a track for toy cars to roll along. It also fea­tures a swing set and the in­flat­able bounce house.

Right now, Grib­ble said The Lily Pad is lim­it­ing clien­tele who want to run around to chil­dren 6 and un­der, but she’s look­ing to ex­pand in a va­ri­ety of ways. She wants to even­tu­ally have swings and equip­ment ap­pro­pri­ate for all ages to

/ Kevin Myrick

The Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce wel­comed its new busi­ness to Cedar­town dur­ing a rib­bon cut­ting event on Fri­day, June 22. The store­front pro­vides for now an in­door play­ground for in­fants to chil­dren age 6, but plans are to ex­pand in the fu­ture.

Fam­ily and friends gath­ered at The Lily Pad in Rock­mart for their grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day, June 22.

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