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Creative youth play space

Fascination Factory, a one-of-a-kind, play-based learning center, has opened at 2295 E. Lincoln in Birmingham’s Rail District, with a focus on inspiring connection, creativity, and curiosity for toddlers and preschoolers. It is the brainchild of Lacey Foon, mom to four-year-old twin girls. A former commercial real estate executive, Foon quickly identified a gap in the market for children’s activities while raising her daughters and recovering from breast cancer.  “I know families spend too much time indoors, particularly in the chilly months. Therefore finding a space that felt bright and airy – almost as if you were outside – felt crucial,” she said of the 4,500-square-foot former industrial space. “The high ceilings and plentiful windows together with the natural color palette, created a soothing environment that I know wasn’t previously available for families. Another feature I love is the central family area, where parents and caregivers can meet with – or make – friends, play with their children, or even knock out an e-mail.” To complement the open-play program, Fascination Factory also offers art, music, and American Sign Language classes, and features a nut-free cafe with Starbucks coffee. The center also houses a toy shop with specialty offerings and free local deliveries of wrapped gifts. Fascination Factory also hosts children’s parties. 

Business Matters for the Birmingham - Bloomfield area are reported by Lisa Brody. Send items for consideration to Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.


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