U-Me [Permanently Closed] - Places For Kids

U-Me [Permanently Closed]

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3355 Edison Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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(650) 257-7511
9 am – 5 pm (Mon – Thu)
9 am – 6 pm (Friday)
10 am – 4 pm (Sat & Sun)
$25 per Child (free for Adults)
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DESCRIPTION FOR U-Me [Permanently Closed]

Notice: After 6 years of running, U-Me is now permanently closed as of May 2016.

If your kids aren't already going to a care facility or play space, U-Me is a good option to have when you want kids to have a freedom-enhancing mixture of open play time and scheduled activities. It's also freeing to know that different ages have their own areas. There's a crawler space for the mobile babies, sports and crafts and a trampoline for the older kids, and a cafeteria with healthy snack options for everyone. The day pass admission price also means that you can bring the kids, go out for lunch, and come back to finish out the day with more fun and activities.
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TIPS FOR VISITING U-Me [Permanently Closed]

1. Closing days: New Year's Eve and Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

2. Discounts are 10% off for a 5-pack that never expires.

3. Cafe offers food with free wireless access – brown-bagging isn't allowed unless there are specific allergies.

4. Parenting Classes include favorites like Love and Logic, Positive Discipline with Susi Steiner of Stanford University's after-care program, Sleep Discipline with nurse Vivian Sonnenberg, and Kids and Nutrition by child psychologist Deanne Reynolds.

5. French Immersion Preschool Classes are held on weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 9 am and 1 pm. Discover takes 2 days per week, Explore takes 3 days per week, and Acquire is Monday through Friday. Lunch needs to be provided by the parents, and an...

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BIRTHDAY PARTY AT U-Me [Permanently Closed]

Party Time at U-Me

Telephone: (650) 257-7511

Time: Two hours on Saturday or Sunday (11 am – 1 pm, 2 – 4 pm, or 4:30 – 6:30 pm)

Party price: $450 - $1,200+

Included: All-Day Pass, Staff-led Simple Games, Party Room and Open Play Time, Heavy-Duty Tableware (Plates, Cups, Napkins, Colorful Tablecloths, Utensils)

Themes: Dinosaurs in Space, Flower Fairy of the Garden, Jedi Training Camp, Mad Hatter Tea Party, Super Heroes

Membership: 10% off Birthday Parties

Website Link: www.u-meplace.com/birthdays

Bring Your Own: Cake or Cupcakes, Cold Drinks, and Goodie Bags

All of the entertainment is provided at a U Me party, regardless of whether you choose the Basic or the Ultimate Party. Not only are staff members dedicated to helping with the arrangements and tear down...

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REVIEWS FOR U-Me [Permanently Closed]

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