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Drawing upon their collective four decades of educational expertise, Dani Heathington and her daughter, Myndi Heinrich, set out to create a space where education and enjoyment could intertwine. 

The envisioned a place aimed at nurturing young minds while subtly preparing them for the future through play. 

Busy Bungalow is meant to be a place where a child can grow both in social skills and in literacy, noted Muleshoe native Dani Heathington. 

“We want to help prepare them for school. Helping kids get ready for that time of their life is important,” Heathington said.

Inspired by the success of establishments like The Den in Wichita Falls, Heathington’s passion for fostering community growth sparked the birth of Busy Bungalow.

After facing construction delays, the business was welcomed into the community with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday. It was no easy feat to bring the business idea to fruition. 

“We remodeled an old building on 228 S Main Street, so we’re trying to help bring main street and Muleshoe back to life,” Heathington said.

The building was previously an old insurance office. Heathington decided it would be good to put the Busy Bungalow here due to its location, and the ability to bring in a larger crowd of people.

Now the space has been transformed into a fun fusion of a children’s playhouse and museum, promising an enriching experience where learning and enjoyment meet seamlessly. Guardians can engage their little ones in a variety of themed play areas, from firefighting adventures to imaginative culinary experiences.

While the kids play, guardians can relax in designated waiting areas.

To take part, guardians pay for access for their child. The payment covers the base fee then the child can access all available activities. 

For Brittany Pendley, with the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce, the excitement surrounding the opening of Busy Bungalow suggests it will have a big effect on the city’s culture.

“This type of play center and party venue is the only one of its kind in this area,” Pendley said.

Muleshoe City Manager Ramon Sanchez also noted the business brings economic benefits. Whether it be a small mom and pop shop opening on the corner, or a chain restaurant, it will help the development and economy of the city.

In the midst of a slowly changing landscape, the arrival of these businesses shows how committed Muleshoe is to growth in every way.

With plans for additional businesses on the lookout, the city anticipates a revival of liveliness fueled by innovation and community spirit.

Martha Davis

For The Journal

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