True Talk: Itty Bitty City

Creative play center becomes a big hit in Springfield
506f3fcc34c8dbf6e214bf493f6a2b435682dfc9 adam mcmullin 201931 m Written by Adam McMullin on May 18, 2017.

On New Year’s Eve in 2015, Fawn Rechkemmer was sitting in a fast food play place with her husband and kids when the concept for Itty Bitty City was developed.

Itty Bitty City is a creative play center designed for children eight and younger that combines fun with developmental components — making it an educational experience for children and parents. 

“We felt like Springfield needed to have something for the younger age set,” said Rechkemmer. 

Now, nearly a year and a half later, Itty Bitty City is teeming with little ones on any given afternoon. They bounce in and out of different themed areas of what makes up, well, a little city. 

Itty Bitty City in Springfield, Missouri.

“We have a small fire station where kids can dress up and be firefighters and fight fires in the house that’s next door,” Rechkemmer explained. “They can be police officers. They can shop at the grocery store. We have a waterworks area where they can play in our water table and probably get a little wet. We have a huge train table 17’ long and that’s a fun place for kids to play and we also have an area that’s for ages 24 months and younger.” 

Itty Bitty City has become very popular with locals and visitors alike since opening in October 2016. Rechkemmer says she’s already had visitors from as far away as Pittsburg, Kansas, and northern Arkansas. “We’ve been really amazed at how much people have come to see us and have continued to come back and see us multiple times.”

Kids playing in the waterworks area of Itty Bitty City in Springfield, Missouri.

Having lived in Springfield for a number of years, moving away for four years and then moving back, Rechkemmer says Springfield is the perfect place for her business — and for families. 

“Specifically for families that have children, I think Springfield is not only a great place to live and raise kids, but it’s a great place to visit with kids,” she added. 

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