PLAYzona is proud to be locally owned and operated! As mothers to young children and Glendale homeowners, Joanna and Elizabeth realized that the upper west side needs an indoor play space specially designed to foster creativity, self expression, and imagination. Our children love interacting with others at our local parks but being outdoors was not always practical, especially during the summer. And exploring the community, we found many opportunities for physical development such as trampoline parks and agility courses, however the needs of younger children and the arts seemed to be missing. So… PLAYzona was created! Our goal is to create a clean and safe indoor play space as well as offer music and art classes to allow children to learn through play!!!
Joanna Billings is the proud mom of three beautiful children. Relocating to Arizona five years ago, she has fallen in love with all that this area has to offer, especially for families with little ones. Currently Joanna enjoys serving as classroom mom, Girl Scouts troop leader, and property manager. Joanna is excited to connect with more families and bring joy and learning together at PLAYzona.
Elizabeth Hanan has been in public education for 15 years as a music teacher, arts director and middle school principal before moving to Arizona. In the private sector, Elizabeth taught early childhood music classes and collegiate string methods courses. As a new mom and new Arizona resident, Elizabeth is thrilled to build a new community of support centered around her passions at PLAYzona.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelors’ of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) in Double Bass Performance and Music Education, a Master’s of Education from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership at Niagara University. Elizabeth lives in Glendale with her husband, son, and 3 dogs.
Rhythm and Muse was created by Kacie Kozman with the mission to grow your child’s confidence through music while creating an inclusive community where caretakers learn with their little one.
Kacie graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She was a radio show host for 7 years across two states, awarded three consecutive times for Best Morning Show Personality/Team. Her love for children comes from her background with church. She was able to get involved with childcare at a young age and had the opportunity to counsel camps starting at 17 years old and lead regional youth events as young as 15. Today, she is combining her lifelong passions of music, crafts and kids by opening Rhythm and Muse enrichment studio.
Rhythm and Muse provides equal opportunity for age appropriate education from newborns – preschool for both the little ones and the adults. When attending a Kindermusik class, it’s not just about your baby learning. It’s about you getting to learn side-by-side in a playful way that you can bring into your own home.
We look at the WHOLE child and not just what the outcomes are. Respecting each child’s needs and interest in class or at a sensory event is an integral part of our environment.
Come play with us. Come learn with us. Come GROW with us!
Rhythm and Muse will soon become a lifestyle and we can’t wait to welcome you into our family.
Stefan Marin is a proud Peoria Native and Artist. Taking art classes throughout his education journey from Country Meadows Elementary to Raymond S. Kellis High School and Grand Canyon University, Stefan has a love for the Arizona desert landscaping, dinosaurs, and Pokémon.
Growing up and participating in community fairs and events, Stefan is excited to foster growth and development in artists across the community.
Stefan lives in Peoria with his husband and two boxers.