The Coop in US Weekly
Published by US Weekly on August 20, 2012
No chance of sensory overload here. The interior is stark yet stylish and the cherry-picked selection of toys won’t overwhelm. Bust a move on the light-up floor or add creative touches to the rope sculpture suspended from the ceiling.
The Coop, 11118 Ventura Boulevard, at Vineland Avenue, Los Angeles (818-760-9613 or thecoop-la.com).
Isla Fisher took her daughters Olive and Elula to The Coop for some play time in Studio City, Calif. on Thursday (April 5). Olive really looked into her lollipop! At another point of the day she was also spotted being carried by mom back to their car after having lunch out.
Isla must be happy to be back with her girls. She just got back from New York City where she was filming Now You See Me.
In January Fisher talked about her role in another film – The Bachelorette – and how old she felt with co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan – who she once saw smoking and drinking in the morning.
She said, “Oh, god. I just put my 17-month down for a nap and my 4-year-old is off to preschool! I felt like the uncool mom.”
Meanwhile her husband Sacha Baron Cohen will be getting ready to promote his newest film The Dictator – set to be released in May.
Guests were spotted arriving at The Coop in Sherman Oaks, California on Monday (January 16) to celebrate the birthday of Harlow Madden, daughter of fashion designer Nicole Richie and musician Joel Madden.
Guests included rocker Gavin Rossdale, his boys Kingston and Zuma, Jennifer Meyer-Maguire with her children Ruby and Otis along with a few other familiar faces.
Kingston made sure to carry one of the four presents for his celebrity pal Harlow while his nanny carried the others behind them. Uncle Benji Madden arrived right after the arrival of Buzz Light Year and Jesse the Cowgirl from Toy Story for the celebration.
Jessica Simpson arrived with fiancé Eric Johnson to The Coop in Studio City, CA last night. The couple headed into the children's play place to celebrate Jessica's nephew Bronx's third birthday, which was Sunday. Jessica spent time with family following a busy month promoting her many projects. She debuted BeautyMint.com and had the help of sister Ashlee in launching their girls' clothing collection.
It looks like Jessica may also already be lining up work for after she gives birth to her first child — it was reported that Jessica is in talks with Weight Watchers to become their newest spokesperson. Whether or not the rumors are true, Jessica doesn't seem to be worried about her shape just yet. She tweeted a funny photo over the wekeend about tending to her cereal craving with five boxes of the breakfast food, ranging from Honey Bunches of Oats to Fruit Loops!
— Lauren Turner
No cat fights here! Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz split up in February, but they appear to be happy to put their differences aside for the sake of their son Bronx. On Monday, Wentz, 32, Ashlee, 27, were joined by the Simpson family -- including a pregnant, makeup-free Jessica! -- to celebrate Bronx's third birthday at The Coop in Studio City, Calif.
Ashlee and Bronx had matching kitten whiskers painted on their faces, while Jessica, 31, opted for a natural look. The designer's fiance, Eric Johnson, and parents Tina and Joe Simpson were also on hand for the fete.
Although she's amicable with Wentz, Ashlee has a new man in her life: Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza. Ashlee and Piazza have been dating since June, and in September, the actor introduced Ashlee to his parents.
Fortunately, Piazza and Wentz haven't had any issues with one another. "It's been really great. So there is no head butting," Piazza joked to Us Weekly in September about his relationship with Ashlee's ex. "You'd see the marks if there were!"
Yes, it can be difficult to find kid-friendly joints that are also adult-friendly, but The COOP in Studio City has both groups covered. While the kiddos rock out on a lighted disco floor or swim through an orange-and-yellow plastic ball pit, moms and dads can sip a latte or cappuccino in an adjoining café at this mod-inspired play space on Ventura Boulevard. Founded in 2008 by two high heel–loving moms who didn't want to abandon completely the leisurely life for the sandbox, the COOP gives parents a safe place to let their children play while they take a tasty break. And don't forget about the WiFi — parents can bring their laptops and do a little work. The open floor plan allows kids to check out many of their playtime options at first glance, and there's even an outdoor garden, where families can just relax and enjoy the sun. 11118 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 760-9613, thecoop-la.com.
Happy birthday Isabella Amour Watson! Jennifer Freeman‘s daughter turned two with a party at The Coop, held Saturday in Studio City, Calif. The My Wife and Kids star, 26, planned a princesses and pirate theme for the bash, which featured a ball pit with slide, bouncer, dance floor, as well as an appearance by Cinderella, who painted the children’s faces.
Guests — including Lauren London, Khadijah McCray, Cara Mia Wayans, Brooklyn Sudano and Melanie Hervey – nibbled on salads from Charlie’s Pantry while the kids enjoyed pizza. Capping off the party, everyone sang “Happy Birthday” before Isabella blew out the candles on her princess cake and enjoyed a cupcake cone from The Sugar Fairy Bake Shop.
Actress Jennifer Freeman threw a princess-themed birthday bash for her 2-year-old daughter Isabella Watson yesterday. See pics from the adorable party inside....
Allie MacKay was live in Studio City and all about celebrating Earth Week! She spoke with The Mini Social, a company who is hosting a whole week of earth friendly baby organic clothing and toy sales (filmed at the COOP). In honor of Earth Day tomorrow Allie was at The Coop where kids were busy making eco-friendly Easter Sunday crafts.
When we travel we rarely get to devote hours at a time to something just for Cash.
Well this trip was different! My awesome friend Ana works at a precious play space for kids called the Coop (in Studio City,) and she hooked us up with a morning of fun!
We got to go early & had over an hour of private play time before anybody else showed up!
I was treated to a delicious vanilla latte & Cash was endlessly entertained--in a space that was both beautifully designed & completely kid friendly. If you are ever in Los Angeles and have little ones, this place is a MUST.
Happy Cash = happy mom & dad!
Isn't it so whimsical & wonderful?! I am dying for one in the Midwest! Maybe I can convince another momma back at home to get into the business of a modern & chic kids play venue.
Party Time! Greg Vaughan's Son Jathan Celebrates Turning Three
Who says kiddie parties shouldn't rock? Thanks to dad Greg Vaughan — formerly of General Hospital — and mom Touriya Haoud-Vaughan, their son Jathan James' disco-themed third birthday bash was filled with glitter, glam and plenty of dancing.
On May 21, the adorable tot celebrated his birthday at The COOP play space with family and friends, including 4-month-old baby bro Cavan Thomas, Modern Family's Julie Bowen and her sons Oliver, John and Gus, as well as Nancy O'Dell and her daughter, Ashby.
Courtesy Greg Vaughan
Click below for more photos and all the party details!
Courtesy Greg Vaughan
While adults dined on yummy sandwiches from Los Angeles-based Cheebo and sipped on ZARB champagne, the children enjoyed a delicious High School Musical-inspired cake, as well as chocolate cake balls courtesy of Leslie Maynor at Fantasy Frostings.
Courtesy Greg Vaughan
But it wasn't all about the sweets. While wearing retro sunglasses, disco ball necklaces and funky sequin hats from their cool goodie bags, mini guests got their boogie on to tunes by Michael Jackson, Justin Beiber and the Bee Gees on COOP's electronic dance floor.
"We try hard to make our celebrations special; not cheesy run-of-the-mill kid's parties," says Lucinda Lent, owner of the COOP, tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies.
Courtesy Greg Vaughan
"For Jathan's party, the colors were vibrant, the music was pumpin' and the kids were unstoppable. And parents were able to enjoy a cocktail in the outdoor garden as the sun went down. It was a perfect party for kids and adults alike!"
Mom Touriya was also pleased with how everything turned out. "The highlight of the party was seeing Jathan overjoyed to be surrounded by his friends as he blew out the candles on the cake," she shared.
Courtesy Greg Vaughan
So, what did dad Greg — who was the party's official photographer — think? "I really loved watching the kids dancing and running around the space," says Vaughan. "They were clearly having an absolute blast."
Courtesy Greg Vaughan
All in all, Jathan's birthday party contained every ingredient needed to make each invitee — from the youngest to the oldest — feel like genuine rock stars.
Interviewed by Shayna Rose Arnold
On AMC’s Mad Men, Rich Sommer plays Harry Crane, head of media for the just-formed Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency. In real life, Sommer loves board games and buffalo wings. The actor, who lives in Studio City with his wife and daughter, told us where he goes to celebrate a special occasion or meet up with the Mad Men cast for pool, as well as revealed the “nerdy” convention he looks forward to all year.
We go to The Coop on Ventura a bit. It’s a good place to meet friends who also have kids. Once or twice a month we let our kid hang out with toys that aren’t hers.Map | More info
Our friend Alexandra Loew of From the Desk of Lola tipped us off to Coop, a modern party and play space in Los Angeles. Owners Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Lent founded Coop after both had children and found themselves missing "the cool coffeehouses" they used to hang out in. "Not content to accept this fate, the ladies came up with the concept of the Coop. A cool, modern playspace for kids that doesn't forget the adults desire to be in a space that caters to them as well (hello, cappuccino bar)." Go to the Coop for more information.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and you haven't discovered THE COOP you are missing out. This indoor family play ground in Studio City is a whole new culture for kids and their parents - Play, Party, Shop, Coffee. The brightly colored orange and yellow environment is built for kids but designed for parents. Kids can play in a safe environment while parents can lounge on couches and be cool while sipping on an espresso or cappuccino. And, if you forgot to pack your snack bag for the little ones, their is a healthy snack bar where you can purchase bananas, pretzels, fig newtons and other yummy goodies. Oh, and THE COOP is a great spot to host your next birthday party, baby shower or even cocktail parties (kid/adult combo)
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I’ve driven by The Coop on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City for months, wondering what kind of place it is. I’ve seen the bright and sunny sign and the big tables inside, but couldn’t figure it out. Is it a new restaurant, production house or design studio? I decided to stop in and find out. Good thing. What a find it is.
The Coop friends and owners (L-R) Lucinda Lent and Julia Boydston
“Play, Party, Shop, Coffee…Built for kids. Designed for you,” is not just a motto at The Coop — it’s a whole new play culture for kids and their parents.
Owners and moms Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Lent opened The Coop in October, 2008. The two women have been friends for more than 15 years. Lent was raised in Australia, while Boydstun is from Maryland. “We had mutual friends from Nantucket,” said Boydstun. “When Lucinda was heading this way a couple of months after I had made the move, I offered her a couch to crash on… our lives have been entertwined ever since!” It’s nice to have great friends when you are so far from home. We really are like family.”
When they had kids, the two women decided they wanted a place to take them that wasn’t as crazy and loud as what was around town. They wanted it to be hip, cool, modern and playful — and a place where adults could relax while their kids played.
As for the name, Lent said, “I wanted to name the space “Kid” but Disney owned that name. I was watching the movie “High Noon” with Gary Cooper and I thought of The Coop.” Once they found the space, they enlisted their kids to help them choose the toys and furniture to fill it.
Inside the doors of the 3000-square-foot play and party center is a ball pit overflowing with 30,000 orange, yellow and white balls (sanitized every night), a giant rope-climbing tube that takes you up to the second floor, a custom moon bouncer and a huge spiral slide.
There’s a beautiful, sleek outdoor patio with lounging couches and redwood tables. Also, free Wi-Fi, a full coffee bar with cappuccinos, mochas, lattes and biscotti, and a slew of fabulous issues of current lifestyle and fashion magazines (no old ripped copies of People and Redbook here). There are snacks for kids, such as bananas, pretzels, fig newtons, pretzels, animal cookies, as well as organic popsicles from thepopshoponline.com.
Parties are a huge and unique part of The Coop’s business. “Our parties are so painless for the parents,” said Boydstun, who explains that The Coop does everything for you—from kid-friendly food and floor-to-ceiling decorations to non-stop activities and party favors that often outshine the gifts brought to the party. Boydstun and Lent say it’s hard for both kids and parents to leave the parties.
With themes like “Mid-Summer’s Nights Dream,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Pinkalicious” and “Star Wars,” The Coop often books six parties per weekend. Parents have brought in live music, petting zoos, jewelry-makers and even fire trucks to add to these themed parties.
And it doesn’t just end with kids parties. They’ve also done several cocktail parties (kid/adult combos) as well as baby showers, including co-ed, evening, and traditional ones.
Once you’ve been to The Coop, you’ll never look at a play place again the same way.
11118 Ventura Blvd
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm Closed weekends for parties.
Free parking in private lot, metered on street.
Open play is $8 per child.
Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Lent (the founders of the COOP) were friends for over 15 years before they had kids. They hung out in cool places, had interesting conversations, and wore high heels. Then Juliet had a baby. Then Lucinda, and one more for each quickly followed. No more cool coffee houses or leisurely lunches; they traded in their heels for flats (fabulous, of course). But their new "hang outs" were uninspired and dull… windowless play spaces overrun with junkie toys and cutesy murals. Not content to accept this fate, the ladies came up with the concept of the COOP—a cool, modern play space for kids that doesn't forget the adults' desire to be in a place that caters to them as well (cappuccino bar!!!).
The COOP is clean. It is modern. The COOP boasts an almost 3000 square foot OUTDOOR area, so you can enjoy the California sunshine while playing with your kids, or taking advantage of the art, fashion and design magazines and free Wi-Fi! The healthy snacks cater to all tastes, including organic popsicles from theopshoponline.com.
The COOP is a blast for kids – it has a giant custom-made white bounce house, and the biggest ball pit you have probably ever laid eyes on! Kids can climb up to the second-story loft, and shoot down the giant spiral slide straight into the balls. More games include plasma cars, building toys, a chalkboard wall, a wooden play kitchen, and a 10' x 10' interactive play floor, which engages and interacts with the people playing/ dancing on it.
The birthday parties at the COOP are as special and unique as the kids they celebrate. For the COOP chicks, the "Pinkalicious" party includes pink mocktails with gummi cherry garnishes, hot pink wigs, feather boas and tiaras for all the girls to wear, and take home! "The Bee(a)tles Bash" features 60's tunes, foam bug capes, VW Beetle cars and Lennon-style glasses. Guests enjoy their cupcakes at a table with vases of grass and sticky bugs strewn across Twister tablecloths. Other popular themes include "Star Wars, "Mid-Summer's Night's Dream" and Yellow Submarine."
The COOP has catered birthdays with petting zoos, rock walls, fire truck rides, ice cream sundae bars, DJ's, sword fights and puppetry – just to name a few. Wishing you were a kid having a party at the COOP? No need to be jealous, the COOP also indulges adults with baby showers and cocktail parties.
The COOP truly has something for everyone… go check it out for a play-date or call to book your party there today. You will be begging to be cooped up at the COOP with your kids!
The COOP is located at 11118 Ventura Blvd., about a block and a half west of Vineland. There is ample free parking (2 lots at the rear of the building), and endless fun awaiting you at the COOP! Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm (closed weekends for parties). For more information, call (818) 760-9613 or visit www.thecoop-la.com.
Jordan Ferney, Oh Happy Day
We are completely smitten with this cool Jedi party by Melanie at One Cool Pick. They even had a Jedi Knight training camp. We asked Melanie to fill us in on the details of this cool birthday party.
What was the occasion for the party?
My son, Riley Red's, 2nd Birthday Party
Where did you come up for the idea?
My husband and I are big Star Wars fans, and so we got Riley that blow up light saber just as a toy for amusement. He really liked it, and we also realized all his cousins who are around 4-6 years old were really into Star Wars. So we figured a Star Wars themed party, or more particularly, a Jedi Knight Training Academy themed party, was a cool way to entertain both adults and kids of all ages.
Where did you get the light sabers and the outfits?
The inflatable light-up light sabers, I purchased online. I made the tunics myself. I just bought fabric in the different shades (brown, tan, and cream). They were already naturally folded so I just simply cut out V necks and then purchased thick satin ribbon for the belts. I printed out stickers for the name badges, and printed the Jedi logo on them and each kids' name.
We packaged up the tunics and badges in individual brown paper bags, with the Jedi Training Academy branding on it, along with each childs' name. So upon arrival, I had my niece and nephew, who dressed up like Jedi Council members, greet each kid, and hand them their own personalized packet and a light saber, welcoming them to the Jedi Training Academy. (The kids loved this!)
That sound so awesome. What sort of things did you do at the party?
We hired a Jedi Knight to do a training session for the bigger kids. And we hired Princess Leia to do activities with the toddlers, like face painting, balloon animals, parachute time, tunnels, etc. We also hired a strolling magician and spun it as "Strolling Jedi Mind Tricks" to entertain the adults (and kids). Upon first glance, the Jedi Knight who did the training looks more like a knight from the round table, which is what I thought, but we later discovered he is actually Anakin Skywalker from the Clone Wars, so his outfit was actually right on! I was expecting more of a traditional Jedi Knight to arrive. But the kids who all watch Clone Wars knew who he was right off the bat.
The party was held at a modern indoor playground, The COOP, over in Studio City (California). So there was already much entertainment in place, aside from the Jedi theme. The Coop has a giant rope tunnel climb that leads to a second floor loft play area, and then has a slide that releases you into a large ballpit (Seriously the biggest ballpit, I've ever seen! Even Grandma jumped in--swear!). It also has an electronic light-up dance floor that has games on it. A toddler room, with a play kitchen area and plasma cars. Plus a cool outdoor lounge/garden area and a front eating area.
The Coop also projected Star Wars, the movie, onto the wall for amusement and entertainment as well.
Tell me about the invitations and favors.
I designed the invitations myself, since I'm a designer by trade. I wanted to set the mood/tone for the party as soon as they opened their mailbox! The party favors. Too many times, we go to kids parties and we end up with the toy filled party favor bag that just ends up as junk in our toy cabinets. So we wanted to give a more useful favor. Especially since each kid already had their own tunic and light saber to take home. So we got these cool BPA Free aluminum water bottles to give to each kid. I made personalized favor tags for each, and they were handed out at the end of the training session. On sale at Amazon - great deal!
What did you eat at the party?
I made tags for each dish on the menu that continued the Star Wars theme and placed it along the buffet station. Names such as: Naboo Noodles, Chewbacca's Chewy Chicken, Ewok Eggrolls, etc... Cupcakes were from Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Photos by Ja Tecson Photography.
MARCH 31, 2009
The trend for creating hip play spaces has been
well under way for a few years, and most of these joints, while adequate, I could just take or leave--but on a recent afternoon in LA I discovered the gold standard of parent/child indoor enjoymental synergy. It's called the COOP, and its motto reads " Play Party Shop Coffee...Built for Kids Designed for You". Right on.
I've heard that before, but how they deliver: There is a ball pit. There is a lit dance floor. There is a masseuse for parents. There is a really extraordinary two-story tubular slide, which you have to climb up a mesh tunnel to get into...But most of all, there is a sense of certainty in the design of the place, of intimacy and enough coolness but not too much, that tells you the COOP was created by somebody who really knew what one of these facilities just ought to be. If there was a perfect play space in the movies, Central Casting, it would look like this. When you're tired of being rambunctious, there are back rooms with futons and beautiful Moroccan pillows to recharge and read a book, with natural light pouring in from windows everywhere, and darkness in the main play room which makes it into a nightclub for kids. Very clever.
If you're in the Valley with your child and looking for fun, you can't do better than the COOP :
11118 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604
Oh, and if you have to make it to an appointment, beware when it's time to get your kid out of that ball pit...
Inspired by two mothers who refuse to give up their classy bachelorette past, the COOP, opened by Lucinda Lent and Julia Boydston, is a fantastic place for moms to bring their kids and have a chat over lunch. Unlike traditional daycares overrun with plastic playpens and the smell of diapers, the COOP offers a clean, modern, classy atmosphere- with a cappuccino bar to boot!
The COOP features a giant spiral slide, a moon bouncer, a massive ball pit, and a rope climbing tube all in the two-story, 3000 sq. ft. space. For the adults, a sunny outdoor patio offers a great place to hang out, relax, and sip on a latte. The bar also offers all kinds of healthy snacks for kids (such as fig newtons, bananas, and animal cookies). There's no greasy pizza or expired snickers bars ala Chucky Cheese- and no obnoxious robotic music bands either. The furniture and toys were handpicked by the owners' children- while the hip, cool atmosphere was designed for a more adult attention span.
Kickback, relax, and let your kids get out that energy- all in a healthy, clean, comfortable environment. Check out the COOP's website at http://www.thecoop-la.com/. Even the website makes you a bit sunnier inside!
There’s a new kids play space in town and it is well, downright cool. The Coop on Ventura Blvd. in North Hollywood, feels more like the Sky Bar than an indoor chlidren’s play ground. Walking in you almost start looking for the martini bar when suddenly you see a giant white bouncie house nestled next to a climbing tube with a slide that lands your wee ones into a giant ball pit. The Coop is a hang out place for moms as much as a play area for kids. Hip grown up music sings from the speakers. Vogue magazine is perched on a shelf near a funky chair for me to sit on. There is a delightful lounge area outside that again feels more “hotel lounge” than kids indoor gym. The idea of the Coop came about when two LA Moms, Lucinda Lent, and Juliet Boydstun got together and felt there had to be an alternative to the depressing, loud, circus like spaces that kids indoor playgrounds usually inhabit. Juliet told me, “I would be with my kids hanging out at these horrible places and think, “I used to be cool, what happened to me?” Well, lucky for us she and Lucinda came up with a plan. They launched a new kind of play space “built for kids, designed for you.” The Coop is a gorgeous space, and does feel like it is designed for me! They even are going to have wireless Internet and although no martinis, there is a cappichino bar, plus healthy snacks for the kids. You can also go with some friends and order a meal to be delivered. It is an ideal spot for kids birthday parties, and they are already booking up. So check it out, bring your kids and some friends and have a blast. More importantly re-connect with your cooler former self, she’s in there somewhere. Trust me.
Drop in fee is $10 a kid and then $7 for a sibling. Or if you come with a play date of more than four kids it is $7 a child. Plus they have all kinds of bulk rates, or memberships if you’d rather.
The Coop (thecoop-la.com)
11118 Ventura Blvd. at Vineland, Studio City.
(818) 760 9613
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 10-6pm.
Closed weekends for birthday parties.
Warning: Celebrating your 3-year-old in a primary-colored, windowless space cluttered with toys is hazardous to your health.
To greatly reduce the risk of birthday party insanity, host your next bash at The Coop. The new 2,600-square-foot space appeals to both kids and grown-ups, with well-designed play areas, retro cool games, and classic modern furniture.
Counteract toddler overload with a cappuccino break in the garden while supervised madness ensues in the ball pit, on the bouncer, and down the curly slide. Busting a move on the electronic dance floor is highly recommended.
Major side effects may include having a good time.
The Coop, 11118 Ventura Boulevard, at Vineland Avenue, Studio City (818-760-9613 or thecoop-la.com). Grand opening party, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. R.S.V.P. to 818-760-9385.
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