By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM Photography:

In January, I reported that a Bay View-based, indoor playground was in the works.

Last week, Shannon Knapp received approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) and will open Up, Up and Play this summer at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. – above the Down & Under Pub.

"We’re shooting for July 1," says Knapp. "We are still working on the space. The trees are going up on the walls, the stage is being built and the swingset is getting installed."

Up, Up and Play will feature a large play space and lounge area. It will have a natural theme.

Knapp plans to have a large fundraiser / rummage sale in the near future to offset costs and is currently taking donations. Go to the Facebook page for more information.  

This is great news for Milwaukee, a city with long winters and few indoor play options. Wish this were around when my kids were younger and time seemed to stand still in January. 

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.