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Chessie's Grotto 

Infant & Toddler Play Area

Chessie's Grotto

Enjoy a toddler-sized adventure in this Under the Chesapeake Bay themed soft play area featuring none other then Chessie, the Chesapeake Bay Sea Monster. Explore textures and tactile experiences along the length of Chessie’s tale.  Read books about the ocean and sea creatures.  Enjoy a whimsical, sensory-filled underwater experience created by bubble tubes and a kelp forest. Plus, slide down Chessie’s tail – and build confidence for the adventures ahead!

What You'll Do & Learn

What You'll Do: 

  • Explore textures and tactile experiences along the length of Chessie’s tale. 
  • Read books about the ocean and sea creatures. 
  • Enjoy a whimsical, sensory-filled underwater experience created by bubble tubes and a kelp forest.
  • Side down Chessie’s tail – and build confidence for the adventures ahead!

What You'll Learn:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Sensory Development
  • Early Literacy Skills

Play Tips:

  • Recommended for ages three and under.
  • This is a soft-play area intended for our littlest learners but a variety of children may be in or near the space.
  • Watch as your little ones learn from other children in this space and see how they learn through interaction and imitation!
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