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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-02-28

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Loves to learn,
but bored at school?

We can help.

Lindsay Mall, Samantha Alessandri and Ella Wish got together to create the

Bubble Club.

Baby's Day Out

The Bubble Club offers moms and tots
education, fun and ways to give back.

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February 28 • 2013

ongtime friends Samantha
Alessandri of Ferndale, Lindsay
Mall of West Bloomfield and Ella
Wish of Commerce Township had babies
within months of each other. They were
stay-at-home moms testing out the dif-
ferent "mommy and me" classes in town
but weren't quite finding what they were
looking for.
After exhausting all of their options,
the moms decided to take the best parts
of everything they found and make it
their own; and with that the Bubble
Club was born.
"What sets us apart, though, is that
we try to do things at little or no cost,
with the same quality of experience
according to Alessandri, mother to
13-month-old Lucas. She and her fam-
ily attend Temple Shir Shalom in West
Bloomfield.
Like so many mothers, Alessandri
was looking for that perfect balance of
work and family. "I stayed home with
Lucas until he was 11 months old, and I
wanted to have a career that would allow
me to be with him, too."
Mall, mother of 10-month-old Lillee
Belle, adds, "We started the Bubble Club
with the intention of having a place to take
our babies that was both educational and
low cost. Being an early childhood educa-
tor myself, I thought it was important for
my daughter to socialize with other chil-
dren since I am a stay-at-home mom."
With varying degrees in art and educa-
tion, Alessandri explains, "We're artists
and teachers and that's why we thought we
would make a great group to do this."
Mall is the educational director and
she teaches many of the classes. Wish
handles the social media and the charity
aspects of the business, and Alessandri
covers the creative and public relations
side. "All of our strengths fit so well
together:' Alessandri adds.
The Bubble Club offers classes for
newborn babies and up. "Baby, Play and
Grow" is taught by Mall and incorporates
play, music and multisensory experiences.
The instrumental music class is led by
Evan Sherman of Mobile Music Education.

"Evan is a phenomenal musician. He
plays guitar for the kids and they love it:'
Alessandri says. "We give kids instru-
ments, letting them be part of the music.
We wanted to do it differently."
Many Bubble Club events are also
tied to local kids' charities, says Wish,
10-month-old Mason's mom. "The char-
ity component is very much a part of
what we stand for, and partnering with
charities such as Orchards Children's
Services allows us to help families out
that could really use it. I always said that
I wanted to raise children that are com-
passionate and socially conscious."
The Bubble Club is hosting a Dr.
Seuss party where attendees are encour-
aged to bring a pair of pajamas and/or
a children's book to donate to Orchards
Children's Services from 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, at the Bubble Club,
located at 30445 Northwestern Highway,
Suite 330, in Farmington Hills.
Along with classes for babies,
Alessandri explains, "One of the goals in
creating the Bubble Club was to build a
community of moms that could bounce
ideas off of each other and support each
other while taking on the challenges of
being a new parent. When you are going
through it together, it makes it less crazy."
The moms added the Bubble Blog
to their website to share their personal
experiences in hopes of relating to other
mothers, thus adding to the community
they are building. The blog covers such
topics as "Falling Baby, Super Mommy:'
"Battle of the Bulge "The First of Many
Firsts:' "Prioritizing the Priorities" and
"Going Back to Work."
A future goal for the club, according
to Mall, is "to eventually go into Detroit
and do programming for children and
mothers that wouldn't otherwise have the
opportunity to attend similar educational
activities with their infants and toddlers."
Lucas, Lillee and Mason's moms found
a way to balance their family life and the
work that they love. "Three girls getting
together, we can make things happen:'
Alessandri says.



For more information on the Bubble Club, visit

www.thebubbleclubmi.com .

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