The Wonder opened in Manhattan this past weekend. An exclusive kids' club that costs $5000 a year to be a member of.
Those few years between your children being born and starting school can be some of the most awkward for parents. That's because continuing to work while you have a kid at home is tricky. Many families with two working parents are doing so since they don't have the money not to work. That likely means they also don't have the disposable income for daycare or a nanny.
How about an exclusive kids' club that will set you back $4800 a year? Probably not, right? However, if you do have that kind of money to throw around, The Wonder in Manhattan may be right up your alley. Fast Company reports that the new club is the brainchild of moms Sarah Robinson and Noria Morales, and has the financial backing of Rebecca Minkoff, Marissa Mayer, and Red Sea Ventures.
So what do you get exactly for what appears to be an exorbitant amount of money? Well, where do we start? For starters, workers at The Wonder won't simply be there to keep an eye on your children. There is a wide range of classes and activities on offer. Some of them are even taught by slightly older children, such as a class about slime run by 11-year-old Ella.
Every now and again a visiting bug zoo will pop by, and the owners even have aspirations to team up with The Met and the Museum of Science. There's also plenty for visiting parents too, including a private workspace away from the kids. There's also an exclusive cafe where you can grab a drink, or your children can grab fun foods such as regular eggs decorated to look like they once belonged to a dinosaur.
There is one big caveat though, aside from the price. Those running The Wonder want to hammer home that it is not a daycare. The reason there is so much there for parents is because they are supposed to be there too. It isn't somewhere you can just drop the kids and head to work for the day. For us, that kind of defeats the purpose, but perhaps we are the ones in the minority.