THE VISION for Bumble & Hive was a unique space where the (sometimes very different and even opposite) worlds of the child and parent/caregiver can coexist in a peaceful and pleasant manner. The name arose out of the idea that children move in a constant state of “bumble” and the word “hive” represents the idea of the centre being a hub for parents and caregivers to gather and network, share ideas and support one another. The fact is that sometimes caring so much for a child or multiple children is not only a thankless job but it can occasionally also be a lonely one. After having my child, I realized that there was a real need for more community gathering and support places for individuals taking on this dynamic role. I wanted the design of the space to be neither entirely child or adult focused. With our calming pastel colours and modern/fresh West Coast design, I think parents and caregivers can feel calm and comfortable amid the “bumble” of constant activity. The design and layout was my vision and my talented husband built most of the facility as well as the play structures, himself.
As a family, we love the outdoors and believe that outside is the best place for children to learn and explore, however with our Westcoast weather, it is sometimes nice to have an indoor space to come to play, gather and feel cozy. It was important to us to use as many natural elements and outdoor images in our centre to, in a sense bring the outdoors in. Most of our toys are wood or fabric and we have painted images of trees, waves and mountains on the surrounding walls.
Passionate about PLAY! I have a background in artistic gymnastics, childcare, and youth work so am quite familiar with and even passionate about the importance of play, both physical and pretend. Pretend or make-believe play is an important tool in the cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of young children. It enables children to practice both verbal and nonverbal communication skills by negotiating roles and appreciating the feelings of others (Spodek & Saracho, 1998).
My little family and I live in the Hudson apartment building, right above Bumble & Hive. When we first moved into the building before having our daughter, there were very few children living in the Hudson and today there are plenty. I recognized that due in part to the rising cost of housing and due in part to the convenience factor, there are more and more young families making the downtown condo life work for their families. The community centres in our area run fabulous programs, however I was still feeling like the downtown core was is need of a place that would be open a broader range of times to meet the various schedules of different families (and of course nap times). Once our daughter became mobile, eating out at restaurants became challenging to say the least. Here, folks are free to pick up Vic Public Market food from a vendor and take it into our centre to enjoy with your child or while your child plays. We have raised our daughter in this neighbouirhood for over 2 years now. The Hudson District is our community and we love living here. We were so pleased to bring a service such as this one to the Victoria Public Market and to a community we love so dearly.
Teresa, Dan and Catiana