Sunflower Sandbox

Welcome to Sunflower Sandbox! Our Monthly Family Membership of exciting Hands-on and Virtual Sunflower Experiences is an ongoing program to engage and delight Babies – 12 year-olds and their parents.  Read on to learn about the five options you can pick from and choose the level that works best for your family.

At Sunflower Creative Arts, we empower children to be confident, creative and compassionate through play, nature and the arts. We believe hands-on, child-led learning experiences are essential for healthy human development.

Sunflower Sandbox is our way of providing hands-on play experiences to families at a time when much of the world by necessity is very hands-off. Sandbox is a monthly membership program that brings play, nature, and the arts to your home. Your child will receive curated play boxes designed to inspire hours of imaginative play; attend short and highly interactive online play sessions to explore nature, cooking, arts, music and more with our Sunflower teachers and Sandbox members; and enjoy private sessions on our renowned playscapes to play, climb, and run free with a small group of friends or just family.

Parents are also part of our program so they can have their own online time and space to connect deeply with one another, build community, share wisdom and tap into the expert advice of Sunflower’s Director and Founder Susan Caruso and Annette Gerlitz-Appel.

With 5 different membership levels, you can choose the one that is right for your family. Do you want all in-home experiences? Zoom Buddies and Sing & Play are the options for you!

Some membership levels are limited to preserve our ability to offer in-depth, small group experiences, so please book soon to ensure your spot.

Enrollment renews automatically month-to-month after you sign up, and you can change or discontinue your membership whenever you’d like. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 561-501-6615. We hope to see you in the Sandbox soon where our warm, supportive community is already at play.

Sunflower Sandbox Membership Levels

Details of Membership Benefits:

Circle of Song with Susan (all membership levels)

Join Susan and her guitar for this virtual sing, laugh, and dance-along with some old favorites as well as new songs from around the world to add to your family’s repertoire. These sessions are recorded live each week and the 30-minute sessions can be viewed at your leisure. Circle of Song is Sunflower’s longest running program and a Sunflower family favorite for over 25 years.

Sunflower Play Pack (all membership levels)

Sing & Play, Zoom Buddies, Just for Littles and Nature Players will receive 1 box full of age-appropriate materials for your children to keep each month – no two months will be the same. Sustainers will receive 2 boxes each month. No-contact pick up will be available. Shipping can be arranged and paid for separately if desired.

Virtual Small Group Play & Shares with Sunflower Teachers (Zoom Buddies, Nature Players, Sustainers)

Join up to 2 virtual small group sessions each week. These 30-minute playdates are full of interactive play and exploration with our Sunflower teachers. Each session has no more than 5 children or Zoom windows to keep everyone engaged and connected.

Sunflower Play Library Borrow Bins (Nature Players, Sustainers)

These bins are filled with a set of age-appropriate materials from the Sunflower Play Library that will stimulate hours of imaginative fun. Nature Players and Sustainers can borrow up to 1 bin at a time up to 2 times per month. No-contact pick-up will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Virtual Small Group Play & Share Playdates with Susan (Nature Players, Sustainers)

This 30-min interactive hang-out with Sunflower Director and Founder Susan Caruso happens once a week for groups of only 5 children or Zoom windows (to include families of children) each. Depending on the needs of the children, sessions could include but not be limited to: dancing with stuffed animals, singing, fruit sharing, modeling crowns, good news and bad news stories, hide and seek, reading and sharing books by the children, and always an abundance of silly fun, bonding and togetherness.

Weekly Sunflower Connection for Parents with Annette (all membership levels except Sing & Play)

Every week, parents get time to have fun! They’ll connect with other Sandbox members led in an informal discussion by Annette, a longtime Sunflower teacher and mother of Sunflower students. Groups of 5 to 10 parents will meet over Zoom for an hour to talk about anything and everything.

The Shire and Seedlings Playscape Access (Just for Littles, Nature Players, Sustainers)

This private session of play, freedom, fresh air, and joy on The Shire (for 0-3-year-olds) and The Seedlings Playscape (3-year-olds and up plus babies in arms) is a favorite benefit of Sandbox families! Our outdoor spaces are filled with thrilling hands-on nature play for your children. There are trees for climbing, sand piles for digging, fruits for picking and eating, tire swings for swinging, and more invitations for your child – and her or his imagination – to run wild! We offer 2 hours of private play time for you and your family or you and your group of up to 10 humans, including babies. Two adults must be in attendance at all times.

Weekly Susan Time for Parents (Sustainers)

A weekly one hour Zoom get-together to pick Susan’s brain and find support in the shared wisdom of other parents as we go deeply into life with each other and our precious children in these extraordinary times. These opportunities to connect have been incredibly impactful for our Sandbox parents and leave parents feeling heard, hopeful and in community together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age group is Sunflower Sandbox for?

The program is for Babies – 12 year olds – and parents get a lot of value from it too!

Do all members of my family need separate memberships?

You only need one membership per family – all children (and parents) are included.

How does enrollment work?

We ask all families to sign up before the 14th of the month. At initial sign-up, you choose the membership that’s right for your family. After that month, your membership auto-renews each month like a children’s museum membership.

You can change your membership level anytime before the 14th of the month. You may also suspend or cancel your membership before the 14th of the month.

Feel like you’d like a human to walk you through the process? We are always happy to help and can be reached on 561-501-6615, Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 3:00pm.

What if I enroll later in the month?

New members who join on or after the 15th of the month will be enrolled for the next month and auto-renewed going forward. You will be added to the Sandbox Facebook group to start enjoying Circle of Song right away and will be able to pick up your monthly Play Pack for the next month as soon as possible. The same change and cancellation process applies as described above.

Which membership levels have limited spaces?

Just for Littles, Nature Players and Sustainers are limited to ensure we are offering our members in-depth and intimate small group experiences. Sing & Play and Zoom Buddies have unlimited spaces available.

Do my benefits start immediately once I enroll?

You will be added to the Sandbox Facebook group to start enjoying Circle of Song right away. Play Packs and Borrow Bins will be available throughout the month you are enrolled and can be arranged for pick up with our office. Sessions on The Shire and The Seedlings Playscape can be booked through our office as well. These details (and many more specifics) will be provided in your enrollment email.

What days and times can The Shire or The Seedlings Playscape be booked?

Time slots on The Shire for Just for Littles are from 9:30-11:30 am Mon-Sat. You can call us if you need a different time.

The Seedlings Playscape sign-up time slots for Sustainers & Nature Players are:

  • Weekdays: Mon-Wed 5-7 pm (3 weekday sessions)
  • Weekends: Sat 9-11 am, 11:30-1:30 pm, 2-4 pm, 4:30-6:30 pm (4 weekend sessions)

Is it possible to purchase more time on The Shire or The Seedlings Playscape if we wanted more time to play?

Yes! It is $125 for each additional 2 hours on The Seedlings Playscape and $100 for each 2 hours added on The Shire. Call us to sign up for a session.

What types of things can I expect in the Play Packs?

Play Packs are filled with open-ended, age-appropriate materials chosen to engage children’s senses and imaginations. Each month, your child will get a new box with new materials. In the past, we’ve included loose parts for nature and science experiments and exploration, watercolor paints and brushes for creative expression, musical tools like bells for making instruments, colorful pipe cleaners for whimsical play, and much more.

What types of things are in the Borrow Bins?

Our Sunflower Play Library is full of age-appropriate materials that engage a child’s sense of wonder about nature, the arts, science, math, engineering, creating, and more. Your child may get wooden trains and train tracks, miniature animals, or materials for pressing or making shapes into playdough. The possibilities are endless!

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