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Open for Business: Local kids learn motor skills using a unique portable play area

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – If you spot a purple school bus driving around central Illinois, it doesn’t do the standard student drop-off. The TumbleBus & BoogieBus are coming to town.

For 15 years, Lori Hoffman has owned the Purple Portable Game Room. Inside you’ll find brightly colored rugs, balance beams, a trampoline, and even a miniature zipline.

“You see a lot of kids who see someone doing something and they want to do it and they dive in and try to do it. And with this type of business, we can teach them how to do it right.”

Hoffman visits daycares and private events in the Tri-County area inside the TumbleBus & BoogieBus, teaching basic tumbling skills to over 230 kids per week.

“To see their faces when I stop at school,” Hoffman said. “They are at the windows. They jump up and down.

“They know that their [kid is] acquire motor skills. They are busy. It’s not the same routine every week.

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She starts training at the age of 18 months.

Hoffman said, “It gives parents a sense of knowing that their [kid is] involved in something. And it helps them motivate them to go to school on certain days.

Beyond physical activity, there is an element of confidence that she hopes to teach.

“They get fat and you know, we get on a bus. I do this on my own and then they come home and say to mum and dad, “Hey! Guess what I did on the TumbleBus today?” Hoffmann said.

For more information on the TumbleBus and BoogieBus, visit the website.

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