New arts enrichment center to open in downtown Redmond

Orange Blossom Society, a new arts enrichment center, indoor play space and social hub for families, will celebrate its grand opening in downtown Redmond in September.

With the goal of creating a space for kids to blossom while parents recharge and connect, Orange Blossom Society will offer an array of concurrent classes for children and adults.

The public is invited to Orange Blossom Society’s free housewarming parties from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20, where a variety of sample classes will be available. Orange Blossom Society is located in a cozy, craftsman-style house at 16715 NE 79th St., within a half mile of Anderson Park and Redmond Town Center.

Orange Blossom Society’s fall schedule includes art, movement, music and language classes for children, plus yoga, fitness and spa treatments for grown-ups. Families will have an opportunity to try out many of these activities at the housewarming, meet the instructors, take guided tours and enjoy refreshments.

“My ambition is to create an intimate space that is welcoming to families and good for community building,” said Sharman Ghio, founder of Orange Blossom Society. “I selected enrichment activities that children will love; classes that will pique their interest and encourage discovery. And parents will feel less guilty about doing a little something for themselves at the same time, knowing their kids are under the same roof having a fun time.”

Orange Blossom Society has three floors of rooms where instructors will be able to give ample individual attention in small classes of eight to 10 students.

There is a café on site, serving healthy snacks, coffee and pastries (and eventually salads and sandwiches), as well as a retail boutique with fun accessories and handmade items. Outside, the facility has a yard, which Ghio plans to use for gardening and composting lessons, parking, a picnic area and a sports court.

Following the housewarming events, Orange Blossom Society will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Classes will be held in eight-week sessions and the fall session begins Sept. 22.

In addition to its regular offerings, Orange Blossom Society will put on school break camps and seasonal workshops, where children can learn crafts and make gifts.

Pricing options include a membership for the indoor play space, as well as a limited number of drop-in openings and tuition for classes. Free mini-classes are a perk for members, which Ghio hopes will encourage kids to try out new activities. Discounts are available for parents whose children take classes and special introductory pricing will be offered at the opening event.

For more information, visit or call 425-883-2400.

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