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When Justin and Traci Phillips’ daughter was getting ready to turn 1, they wanted to have a party for her and her guests that would include safe, age-appropriate play equipment.

However, their search for a company that rented such items as “bounce houses” and other soft play equipment designed for little ones was fruitless.

“Surprisingly, we were unable to find any company that provided this type of service or equipment,” Traci Phillips said in an email.

Although their search was unsuccessful, it gave the Charleston residents an idea for a new business. Last December, they started a company called Fun Fitness Kids Club.

“Our mission is to provide developmental, safe and convenient rental equipment to accommodate infants and toddlers events” throughout the greater Kanawha Valley area, Phillips said.

“Most parents feel uncomfortable with little kids playing in bounce houses and playgrounds with bigger kids. We specialize in rental equipment for ages 0 to 5,” she said.

Fun Fitness Kids Club provides a variety of play equipment for such events as birthday parties, play dates, family reunions, weddings and other events. The equipment is brought to the client’s venue and set up.

“On the day of your scheduled event, we deliver the equipment, set up and pick up when the event is over,” she said.

Fun Fitness Kids Club has play equipment available in “multiple packages” that will keep infants and toddlers busy and entertained. The four packages include the Little Crawlers Package, the Sports Package, the Fitness Package and the Super Celebration.

“We have small inflatables for toddlers and soft play equipment for rent. Also, we have inflatable sports equipment and body bumpers for big kids. We also have kids’ fitness equipment like treadmills, ellipticals and weight benches for rent.”

Additionally, “giant Connect Four and giant Jenga” games are available for teens and adults.

“It was obvious there was a need for a professional infant and toddler rental service equipped with multiple packages that could accommodate parents who desire to have the convenience of a home or venue party with the development fun of a child-care center,” Phillips said.

One of the goals of the Fun Fitness Kids Club is to work with child-care centers, camps and day-care facilities to provide fitness activities for babies and toddlers.

“We are also interested in partnering with companies to help curb childhood obesity in West Virginia.”

Fun Fitness Kids Club provides safe and clean play environments for indoor or outdoor events. Equipment can be rented individually or in a party package.

For more detailed information about Fun Fitness Kids Club, or to reserve equipment, visit its Facebook page (FunFitnessKids) or send email to funfitnesskidsclub@gmail.com

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