What makes the Frolic experience unique and valuable?
Frolic is an innovative and fun experience that provides exciting and entertaining opportunities for children through birthday parties, summer camps, and weekday programs with dogs. Frolic wants children to develop important life skills in a fun, creative, hands-on, and inspirational environment while showing them how they can harness skills to contribute to the welfare of animals. Given the large number of children in the city who love dogs, but do not get the chance to interact with them because their buildings do not permit dogs, someone in the family is allergic, or their parents do not want a dog. We want to ensure that children living in a city with over 600,000 dogs can properly approach and interact with these animals. Frolic will be combining fun and educational programs to allow children to witness the values that come from interacting with a dog.
Do you offer certification or ambassadorship programs?
Participating in or hosting a birthday party is the first step in becoming an ambassador for Frolic or completing our certification program. Your child can further their education through our after school programs and summer camps. When you become and ambassador, you get the opportunity to play a major role in the care of the Frolic dogs. You will be able to come in to walk, play with, feed, and help groom the dogs on a regular basis.
Do you offer events for adults and/or senior citizens?
At the time, we do not have any events planned, but would like to begin to offer these programs as we grow. We want to serve all members of the community and give them a valuable experience with dogs. If you are interested in participating in an adult or senior citizen program at Frolic or have an idea for one contact us and let us know.
Where do the Frolic Dogs come from?
The Frolic Dogs come from the Guide Dog Foundation. These are dogs who went through the training process to become a service dog, but for small reasons could not complete it. For example, one of our dogs Patience was let go because she has a mildly sensitive stomach. Guide Dog breeds dogs for the best disposition. We are giving these dogs a job and purpose in their lives as opposed to be sent to shelters. They are smart, calm, and loving dogs who are excited and prepared to interact with children.
How are the Frolic Dogs cared for?
The Frolic dogs are housed in the Frolic clubhouse inside the facility. They are cared for with all of the resources from the Upper East Side biscuits and bath location. They have an onsite groomer, veterinarian, dog walkers, and a room all to their own separate from the normal boarding and playfield area. They also have a home with the Frolic staff, who will occasionally bring them to their own homes.
What should my child do if they are afraid of dogs?
Birthday Parties– There will be a activities for your child to participate in that do not involve the dog, such as coloring and sports games. Your child will also be allowed to simply observe the dog activities without participating. In order to make your child feel more comfortable, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to meet the Frolic Dog before the party.
After School Programs– There is an afterschool program offered that exclusively focuses on kids who are afraid of dogs and helping them overcome that fear. It starts with no dog involvement at all and slowly introduces them to interacting with a dog. We encourage you to sign your child up because in a city like New York with 600,000 dogs it is important for their safety to know how to properly interact with a dog.
How are you going to control the kids around the dog?
There will be staff members at every party to help ensure all the kids are following the house rules, in addition to a trainer who will watch ad care for the dog. The children will be given plenty of opportunities for fun and games in addition to the talks about dog care and interactions in order to keep them happy and focused.
What rules should I tell my child?
Frolic has a list of house rules that are put in place to ensure that every child and the dogs have a safe and fun experience. Some things that the children may find fun, such as teasing the dog, could be endangering both the child and dog. Here is a link to the page of house rules
What makes us better suited than anyone to offer this?
The Frolic experience is brought to you by Biscuits & Bath (link), a leader in total-wellness canine care serving new york city for over a quarter century. Frolic has partnered with Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. (link) to bring the best bred, the best trained, and the best personality in dogs to interact with your children. Some of our unique qualifications include:
- Experience- 27 years in business, over two million dogs walked
- Full service- on-site grooming, training, veterinary care
- In-house services- we employ and manage everyone ourselves (no 1099s)
- Transparency- our clients see and know everything
- Customization- proprietary technology that allows us to cater to the unique needs of each dog and client
Do you offer customized programs?
We are willing to work with you to give you the best Frolic experience possible. We will gladly help you plan a birthday party that fits your child’s personality and needs, even more than the customized build-your-own party we already offer. If you would like to host a non-Birthday event at Frolic, we want to help you. We hope to partner with schools and organizations to create meaningful activities for children. If you have any ideas that do not fall into our pre-existing programs and categories, please send us an email or call us. We would love to hear from you.
What problem is this solving for me as a parent?
We are here to help parents who:
- Don’t have time or space
- Have energetic children
- Have a child who is struggling coming out of their shell
- Have a child who isn’t interested in sports
- Haven’t found an activity that is fun while developing life skills and values
- Have only found venues that are inconvenient and not all-inclusive
Can I take home or adopt a Frolic dog?
The birthday child is given the opportunity to take home and care for the Frolic dog before or after their party. The Frolic dogs have their home with Frolic, they are not up for adoption. However, if you are interested in welcoming a dog into your family Biscuits & Bath offers a canine connection program to help you find a dog that is right for your lifestyle. If you love dogs but are afraid of the long commitment that comes with adopting a dog, you may want to consider becoming a puppy raiser for Guide Dog Foundation (link). If your child wants to spend more time with the Frolic dogs, we encourage them to become an ambassador through our after school programs and summer camps.
Do I need to worry about my child getting bitten?
All of our dogs are well-trained, well-bred, and come from the Guide Dog Foundation. They are equipt to be around children and have safe, fun interactions with them. As long as your child follows our house rules a dog bite is highly unlikely. However, if a bite were to occur our staff would be on hand to take care of the child and remove the dog immediately.
What should my child do if they are allergic to dogs?
We would love for your child to be able to participate, but we also understand that allergies have various levels. If your child is only slightly allergic, they may be able to interact with some of our dogs or be in the room while the other kids participate with the dog. We would encourage you to come in and meet the Frolic dog in advance with your child to see how they react.
How big are the dogs?
All of the Frolic dogs are poodles, labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, and crosses of these three breeds. These are the dogs Guide Dog breeds for their service dog training because they have the best disposition for the job. These dogs are all large breeds, which allows for more children to put their hands on the dog. A large dog will also be less intimidated in a group of children than a small dog would be. If we had a small dog who got nervous, it could snap at the children which would make for an unsafe environment for both the dog and the kids.
Do your offer options for parents to stay/drop off?
At our birthday parties, we offer options for parents to both stay at the party or drop off their children depending on what the host family prefers.