North Star Mall uses newly available space to provide families with “Tot Lot,” an educationally inspired children’s soft play park created by Center Stage Productions and sponsored by Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO (December 2, 2013) — North Star Mall has unveiled a brand new soft play park to provide a special space for their youngest shoppers to enjoy. The ongoing drought in San Antonio, Texas inspired North Star Mall, a premier shopping destination within this community, to transform their fountain area into “Tot Lot,” an educationally themed soft play park geared for children up to five years old. Designed and manufactured by Center Stage Productions and sponsored by Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, this family friendly attraction features bold primary colors, letters, numbers, shapes and interactive sounds.
“The water restrictions enacted by the City resulted in the closure of the fountain formerly in front of the JC Penney store. The newly available space provided the perfect chance to create a play area for small children,” says Michelle Robertson, senior marketing manager for North Star and The Shops at La Cantera. “We’re thrilled to see so many families simply having a great time at Tot Lot and even happier to be able to enhance their shopping experience,” added Robertson.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” says Melissa Krause, Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. “We pride ourselves on giving back to the community and this is the ideal fit. The mixture of fun and educational elements in the Tot Lot makes it a great place for kids and parents to enjoy together.”
At the center of the action is the Kids Clubhouse, which children may access through a tunnel tube. In addition to soft foam clusters of numbers and letters, there are multiple brightly hued arches for children to crawl on or under, and a musically-embedded ABC slide which plays scales in ascending or descending order depending on whether the child is climbing up or down. A theatre section featuring a flat screen television accompanied by beanbag chairs and soft bench seating is also part of the fun.
Interactive features, which are geared to improve hand-eye coordination and sensory exploration, include a pathfinder pegs maze game, the wavy “funhouse” mirror, the magic hands touch-activated image creator and a bubble window.
Safety is a big component of the Tot Lot. To that end, heavily padded carpet adorns the area which in addition to completing the educational theme by featuring a hopscotch board, shapes and numbers, is also specially engineered to give kids a safe landing. In fact, it absorbs impact and exceeds standards for drop and fall ratings. Further, all soft play pieces have high-quality smooth foam surfaces and are scaled to size for children’s safety. Best of all, each play piece is coated with naturally antimicrobial urethanes, which inhibit the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.
North Star Mall’s Tot Lot is free to the public and open during all mall hours, which are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. North Star Mall is located at 7400 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. For information, call North Star Mall at (210) 342.2325 or visit www.northstarmall.com.
About North Star Mall
North Star Mall is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP’s portfolio is comprised of 123 malls in the United States comprising approximately 128 million square feet. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.
About Center Stage Productions
Center Stage Productions, based in Fair Lawn, NJ, custom creates a range of promotional environments including children’s soft play areas, seasonal décor and modular barricades for shopping centers, retailers, airports, amusement parks, museums, zoos and more. Center Stage Productions’ innovative designs have been created for hundreds of destinations across the United States and the world. In business for nearly 30 years, Center Stage Productions’ comprehensive services include design, planning, production, transportation, management and operations. For more information, contact Brenda Tietjen at btietjen(at)cspdisplay(dot)com or visit www.cspdisplay.com.
About Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first free-standing hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, located in the South Texas Medical Center, New Braunfels, Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System also owns a majority interest in CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers – San Antonio, LLC, a joint venture physician partnership which is comprised of three outpatient surgery centers in San Antonio with facilities in Alamo Heights, Stone Oak, and the Medical Center. Additionally, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System owns a majority interest in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Braunfels, a joint venture physician partnership. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is the preferred health system of the San Antonio SPURS. For additional information on the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, visit www.chofsa.org or for more information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, visit www.christussantarosa.org.