Today we’d like to introduce you to Louise Moroz.
Louise, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Canada, where at the old-maid-age of 28 I got married to my husband, Mike. Just over a year after we got married, he got offered a job in Oregon. We jumped at the chance. You can’t beat armed guards in between you and your family.
Our two kids, Cage and Kira, were born in Oregon, where we stayed for 15 years. Around five years ago, I discovered what “Highly Sensitive People” were. I was definitely an example of this trait, as was our son. Life changed and things made sense. We finally understood why we were the way we were. We were born, like 15-20% of the population*, with an overactive nervous system.
We understood why it was difficult for us to go into those “fun” places where there was loud music, bright, flashing lights and people. So many people. Don’t get me wrong, I like people, but in that kind of atmosphere, it was an overload to our systems.
Finally, and I mean no offense by this, we escaped Oregon. Oregon is an absolutely beautiful area, but that lushness comes at a cost. Rain! There’s so much rain!! I couldn’t take one more drop, so we made the choice to move near my sister, Gisele and brother-in-law, Jeff, in Arizona.
When we settled into Arizona, and realized that the heat probably wouldn’t kill us, I wanted to start a business. We had always been coming up with “million dollar ideas”. And then the idea for this place started creeping into my brain. It was going to be a place where kids could go to play and have fun, still be around other kids, but they wouldn’t be bombarded with stimuli. They wouldn’t need hours to recover after being here. Slowly, ideas would come, and then all of a sudden, I had the whole thing planned out. Most of it written on little slips of paper at my bedside, scratched, barely legible, in the dark.
After many, many months of hard work, My Quiet Kingdom opened on July 1, 2017. Yes, that’s Canada Day, and yes, I did that on purpose. Although created with Highly Sensitive Children in mind, we want to make sure that people know that every child is welcome. You don’t have to have a label to be able to have fun here.
* According to leading HSP researcher, Dr. Elaine Aron. For more info, see her website hsperson.com.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’m sure even the most experienced people have difficulties when starting a business. As for me, I knew nothing about starting a business. I wasn’t even sure I remembered how to work. I hadn’t worked since we had moved to the United States in 2000 and it was 2016 when I started this process.
But with hard work, help from family and friends, and lots of trial and error, we opened our little center. It’s been challenging because no one knows what we do, why we’re here, or really, what to do with us.
I want to help educate people on the trait of High Sensitivity, because I know what it’s like to finally understand that there’s nothing wrong with you, it’s just a different way that you’re wired, but at the same time, I don’t want to scare people away, thinking that if their child, who may not be highly sensitive, made a noise here they would be kicked out.
Everyone is welcome.
Please tell us about My Quiet Kingdom.
My Quiet Kingdom is an activity center with low-stimuli fun. For everyone.
We have a Rock Room, which has a portion of the floor covered in stones and polished rocks. You can sit in the rocks and sort them or just feel the smoothness of them. If you find some that you can’t live without, you can buy a bag to bring some of them home.
The Craft Room is bursting with arts and crafts supplies. Create with anything you see. The sky’s the limit.
Across the hall, we have our Multipurpose Room. Inside, you’ll find Lego, a chalkboard, the coolest magnetic wall chess board you’ve ever seen, and other fun things to play with.
Down the hall is our library. Cozy chairs, unique books, and a calm feel make this the perfect place to cuddle up with your loved ones and read.
Around the corner, tucked into the back, you will find our Soft Room. It’s a place you can go to get out any built-up energy or to just crash. Soft walls, floor and toys are there to keep you safe.
The great part about My Quiet Kingdom is that you can rent out the space for any event. We close down the whole place for just you and your most favorite humans. Each child that comes to the party gets a little bag to bring home some of their favorite rocks and a notepad and pen. The host gets a crown shaped stress ball. We know what it’s like. We also supply the plates, napkins, forks and spoons.
All of this fun, without being overstimulated and frazzled. It’s good for everyone to just unplug and have some old-school good times.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I think I would educate myself more in the business aspect of opening a business. While I did learn a lot along the way, some of the more difficult lessons could’ve been avoided. Like, getting everything in writing.
- Admission: $10 per child for 2 hours of play. Parents are free, so is the coffee.
- Party Fees: $15 per child (minimum 10 children)
- Discounts of 25% are given to families of the military or veterans, and groups of five or more kids.
- Address: 7575 W. Peoria Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
- Website: MyQuietKingdom.com
- Phone: 623-349-4320
- Email: MyQuietKingdom@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myquietkingdom/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myquietkingdom/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuietKingdom
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