Have a young child who loves to play and have fun? You’re invited to a cash mob!
“Cash mob” is a great new trend where people join together to support a local business and spur the local economy in the process. One is planned for next Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
This is the first I have ever heard the term “cash mob” and from what I understand, the name was derived from another popular trend of late: the “flash mob.” I guess the real difference is that a flash mob usually involves a large group of people simultaneously performing a choreographed dance while a cash mob involves a large group of people simultaneously spending money at a particular location.
The proper etiquette during a cash mob is to spend about $10-$20 at the establishment that is being mobbed. Tiny Tots costs $8 per child (only $4 for siblings) and also offers a full cafe with all kinds of meals and drinks for tot and parent alike, so that figure is very easy to reach.
The cash mob at Tiny Tots Tea Room is scheduled for 10am on Wednesday, August 15. While there have apparently been other active cash mob groups in the Capital Region, this is the first ever event for the Clifton Park, NY cash mob. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, and I think we can expect more cash mobs here in Clifton Park in the future. Tiny Tots is located right off Exit 8 at 1536 Crescent Road in Plaza 8 near CVS.
While next week’s organized cash mob has invited families with children ages 2 to 12 years old, Tiny Tots actually centers around children who are 9 months to 5 years old (and I would personally say this venue is much more appropriate for this younger age range).
I’ve been there a few times with my toddler, and she really loves it there. It’s funny to watch my shy little girl transform into a spirited little adventure seeker as soon as we walk in the door. I don’t even have time to hang up our things before she squirms out of my arms and runs into the indoor play yard where there are little slides, ride-ons, miniature bowling and other fun toys. It’s unusual for her to let her guard down so quickly, but she apparently thinks those toys are really special and needs no “warming up time” there.
In the times we have been there (usually late morning to early afternoon), Tiny Tots has been pretty crowded already, but I have not been during the summer months where it is probably not as busy. I think an indoor playground is most appealing to parents (myself included) during cold or bad weather when outdoor playgrounds are not doable. Hopefully this cash mob will give Tiny Tots’ summer business a little boost.
The food at Tiny Tots is also very good and very healthy. Between my daughter and me, we’ve tried a lot of menu items, and I highly recommend that you order lunch while you’re there.
If my daughter is awake in time this Wednesday, I think we might show up to join the first ever Clifton Park cash mob at Tiny Tots Tea Room at 10am. Will we see you there?