Perch & Play ready to reopen after major remodel, new climbing wall

A Bellingham cafe known as a hangout for children has finished a major makeover that includes a climbing wall.

Perch and Play will have a grand re-opening on Monday, Aug. 7 following a month-long renovation. One of the key new features is an augmented climbing wall, which uses graphics and body-tracking equipment to create interactive games and training exercises. Perch and Play also has a cafe, giving parents a place to relax while children enjoy an indoor play area.

The re-opening celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. At 5 p.m. the climbing wall will be open for adults only to try out.

“I’m really excited to see how excited kids are when they see something built just for them,” said Kyle Fugier, business manager at Perch and Play, in a news release. “This is not a huge project that was built for some business to make a lot of money, we built this for the kids to enjoy.”

The cafe was purchased in January by the nonprofit organization Skookum Kids, which was founded by Ray Deck III. The organization focuses on caring for Whatcom County foster children and those transitioning into foster care. While open to the public, Perch and Play is meant to also be a de facto watering hole for foster parents. Along with Perch and Play, the…

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