The mama: There’s a pretty good chance you recognize Krista Yutzy-Burkey as the busy person running around the (beautiful) Fishtown play space, PlayArts, which launched last summer and hasn’t seemed to have a slow day since. Krista taught music in the public charter system for 16 years, and found herself interested specifically in early childhood music education about five years ago, with the birth of her son, Milo. In fact, PlayArts started as PlayMusic, Krista says, “but it took some time to find the right formula to make a viable business plan.” Today, the place offers all sorts of programming (music, yes, but also dance, art, playschool, pop-ups, parties and more) as well as a super-popular open-play space beloved by members and drop-in fams alike. Krista, meantime, does everything from the class-planning to the teacher-hiring to the toilet-cleaning (see? busy!) … but her favorite part, she says, is “meeting fantastic area kids and families.”
Are you a Philly native? No, I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, but I’ve lived in Philly (and within 5 blocks of PlayArts) for 17 years.
Where does your little one attend daycare/preschool/school? Milo attends the Nature Preschool at the Schuylkill Center three mornings per week. This fall he will start kindergarten at Adaire.
Favorite kids’ classes: I’m fortunate to have a really talented team of teachers at PlayArts, so I’m pretty proud of all of our kids classes, but our Open Sensory Play class is the bee’s knees. Our art teachers (Kara and Julia) curate the whole experience around a theme and it’s just about the loveliest, most joyful time you can spend with a toddler. We’ve had so many organizations and educators stop in to observe it, and it continues to grow in popularity. Plus, we’re really dedicated to making it accessible, so we keep it at just a $5 drop-in.
Best way to spend a Saturday afternoon as a family: Honestly, I’m pretty boring on the weekends. I work so much during the week that I love staying home and snuggling and reading with Milo on the couch. He’s learning to read and can now read to me, so I can’t get enough. We also love to get out to the Wissahickon for sunny hikes on weekends.
Parents’ class: I haven’t been able to attend any of them yet, but they offer such cool stuff over at The Art Dept on Berks. Before I started PlayArts I used to sew a lot in my free time, and I’m hoping to catch a sewing or textile class there sometime.
Date night: We usually opt to maximize our time by staying in the neighborhood. We have so many places to choose from in Fishtown, but one of our favorite things is to put in our order at Pizzeria Beddia and then hop around for drinks and apps until our pizza is ready at 10. Read more →