Local business Mobile Barber Shop Depot are proud to announce the launch of their new You Play, We Pay initiative for kids aged 12 and under, from Tuesday 16th July until the end of the year.
This project encourages kids to play together without the use of technological devices and develop their social skills by interacting with kids of different ages - an essential part of their emotional health and well-being.
“At the Mobile Barber Shop Depot we are about more than just the freshest haircuts and dopest events,” says co-founder Nicoletta Sagripanti. “What really drives our family-run business are old-fashioned values like community, kindness and gratitude, and we want to see those values instilled in today’s youth, which is why we came up with the You Play, We Pay initiative, as well as our monthly Swap-It Saturday events.”
Kids choosing to partake in the You Play, We Pay initiative opt to make the most of what’s on offer at Mobile Barber Shop Depot, including ping-pong table, pinball machines, giant Jenga and Connect Four, board games and more and earn $2 from us. That's right, kids can play and make new friends while waiting to get their haircut AND earn money for it!
“As parents ourselves, we often get frustrated with the constant requests for tech time or complaints of ‘I'm bored’ and find ourselves having to constantly encourage our boys to get out there and play,” empathises Nicoletta. “We feel that, in a way, technology has brought us all closer together but at the same time is disconnecting us from the world around us, creating a sense of isolation and loneliness. That's why we are super keen to bring back that traditional community vibe at the Mobile Barber Shop Depot!”
This initiative will also play into MBSD’s monthly Swap-It Saturday events, kicking off on Saturday 27 July with FREE kids' workshops (run FOR kids BY kids), and a toy/book swap. Children are asked to bring along a used toy (in good working condition) or book to swap with another kid, make new friends, learn new skills and have a good old-fashioned time!
“Swap-It Saturday is all about getting our kids back to those traditional community values, AND it’s a great way to get kids into the habit of recycling and re-using, rather than adding to landfill with today’s disposable toys,” explains Nicoletta.
Head down to the Mobile Barber Shop Depot on Saturday July 27 from 12pm – 2pm for: