About Us

The Lounge

We've created a destination for families to play, learn, party and shop together while hanging out in an eclectic parent-child hangout. Children ages 0 - 5 can learn through hands on discovery, roleplaying, physical activity and parent/child interaction. Parents can play with their children on play structures and in imagination-inspiring themed play areas, or relax and talk to other grown ups while watching their children explore from one of the mini "lounge areas".

Amaya Papaya offers a full range of services including open play ALL DAY Monday - Friday, parent and child enrichment classes, birthday parties, a Market Place to purchase children's products created or approved by parents and we even sell snacks and beverages!

Amaya Papaya was created just for you and your family so hurry in to play(anytime!), sign up for a class, have a play date, bring your laptop or PDA (we have free Wi-FI) or have your child's next birthday party here!

Amaya Papaya's mom

Yolonda is the mother of 10 year old Amaya, who is of course the inspiration for the "Playlounge". Yolonda enjoys spending time with her husband Thomas, Amaya, and their dog Simba. Yolonda earned a degree in Psychology from Bethune Cookman University.  Yolonda loves working with children.  She has worked as a Health Educator, Counselor and now, a business owner serving both children and their families in the Central Florida area for over 15 years. 

After becoming a mother, Yolonda recognized the need for an environment that was fun for small children yet, a relaxing atmosphere for parents as well.  Yolonda longed for a place to take Amaya that would allow her to play freely without fear of being knocked down by bigger children, with play equipment that was age-appropriate, and an environment that was not over stimulating. The playground seemed like a viable choice but the intense Florida heat and afternoon thunderstorms limited the playtime. Yolonda also wanted a place that allowed her to relax and enjoy the company of other grown ups while Amaya enjoyed playtime with other children - all within her eyesight. Every place that Yolonda and Amaya visited did not fit the bill. After much research and exploration with the help of Yolonda's business partner (Amaya!), planning for Amaya Papaya began!  Now open since 2009, Yolonda's dream is to take Amaya Papaya from a mom-run, one of a kind business to an international licensed business that gives women all over the world an opportunity to own their own business and provide their community with a safe place to gather with their little ones! 

As a mother Yolonda knows how important it is to be supported and to live in your passion. One of the biggest reasons that Yolonda quit her job and opened Amaya Papaya was to show her daughter and the girls that she counseled that you should always follow your dreams. No matter how hard something may seem you should always try it. You will never know if you can succeed if you don't start! 

When she is not planning fabulous events at Amaya Papaya Yolonda enjoys volunteering at Amaya's school as a PTA member, for various community organizations and for various causes that she believes in personally.  Yolonda believes that giving back to the community is the responsibility of the elders in the community. She makes it a point to give back to her community any chance she gets. 

Our Mission

To provide children ages 0-5, and their parents a unique experience that will foster a sense of community, inspire family togetherness, social interaction, cognitive development and creativity.

Our Promise

  • Nurture the spirit of a healthy family
  • Create an imaginative play environment
  • Serve wholesome snacks, sell imaginative toys and have memorable celebrations
  • Be committed to children's social and cognitive development
  • Embrace change and be committed to growth
  • Only hire people who love children
  • Work with local vendors and organizations wherever possible
  • Be inclusive and welcoming to all families
  • Be earth friendly