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TakomaPlays! decorated cat condos April 2 at Big Bad Woof from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Founder Pat Rumbaugh helped five young children decorate cardboard cat houses using markers, magazine clippings, crayons and foam stickers.

Co-owner Julie Paez came up with the idea when Rumbaugh entered the store with her black lab, Abby. As they chatted, they noticed the cardboard houses for cats to play in could use something extra. “We were looking at the plain cat boxes and Julie said ‘Pat, why don’t you bring your gang to decorate?’” Less than a week later, director Mary Hanisco, treasurer Sarah Corcoran, Sandy Littlejohn and Becca Patti joined Rumbaugh for a half-hour of arts and crafts, bringing the kids along with them. The boxes will be on display in the Big Bad Woof window.

TakomaPlays! received funds from the city’s small community grant program; this money will be used toward the group’s goal of at least 12 spring and summer events. The carved log park bench by Jim Calder will be installed at Belle Ziegler Park, and TakomaPlays! is holding a ceremony April 22 from 1 to 2 p.m.

They are also working on closing several streets for two-hour blocks May 19 to encourage children to play outside. Additionally, a booklet detailing playgrounds and parks in the area is in the works.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Eddie, 4, dressed as Superman and Batman, places foam stickers on his cat box.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Andrew, 3, attempts to decorate his cat condo.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Founder Pat Rumbaugh shows Andrew how to stick the magazine images on.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Chloe, 4, and Eddie, 4, look at the cat condo Eddie has been working on.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Big Bad Woof and TakomaPlays! planned the event less than a week in advance.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Chloe and Lucy, 3, work on one box as Nina, 8, works on her own.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Chloe places one of her magazine clippings on her condo.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

The boxes will be displayed in the window of the store.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Pat and Becca Patti help the kids with their condos.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Pat helps Andrew take a seat while decorating his cat box.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Andrew sticks a butterfly clipped from a magazine on top of a cat condo.

TakomaPlays! decorates cat condos

Children gather at Big Bad Woof through TakomaPlays! to decorate cat houses.

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About the author: Kirsty Groff

Kirsty Groff is a spring 2012 intern at the Voice, writing features and covering local issues. She will be graduating from the University of Maryland in May with a B.A. in Journalism. She hopes to someday use the knowledge gained through her minor in human development at a child- or family-centered magazine.

1 comment

  1. Thank you for covering the Decorating of Cat boxes with Takoma Plays and The Big Bad Woof. We all had a blast. The event was from 10-11:30, instead of 11-11:30. Can you send me the kink to the article? Have a playful day.

    The Play Lady
    Pat

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