As the mother of two young children, Maria Baker conducted extensive research on the benefits of stimulating play during a child’s first years of life. Her own experience searching for activities that were safe, fun and educational for her family led her to open the Play Academy in September 2004. Maria’s philosophy is simple --- we give our children the best possible start in life by making learning fun at an early age. Maria designed the activities at the Play Academy to encourage play that stimulates cognitive, social and emotional development in a nurturing environment. Since opening its doors, Maria and the Play Academy have brought hundreds of parents and children closer together through laughter and learning.