Big and Tiny workspace/childcare in Silver Lake

Rendering of the new Big and Tiny workspace/childcare.

Silver Lake - A former PETA event space will be bringing relief to a different sort of distressed animal in the near future: Working Parents.

The Sunset Boulevard building has been leased out to Big and Tiny, a Santa Monica-based firm that is part of a nascent trend by co-working spaces to offer professional workspaces and childcare facilities under the same roof.

Out of the approximately 4,000 co-working spaces in the U.S., Big and Tiny is among the 25 to 30 that have on-site child care, according to NAIOP magazine.

"It's a creative space for families," said Keltse Bilbao, who started Big and Tiny because she was struggling to find work/childcare balance after she moved here from New York City. "Parents can work or chill out while kids learn and play. We have two designated areas, the playground/studio and the area for parents that features conference rooms, co-working spaces, kitchen, a cube to exercise."

Nor can you just drop the kids off and go somewhere else - like a daycare center. You have to stay and attend - while presumably getting other things done.

Membership is offered in various price arrangements, including monthly and daily, and tends to cost between $15 to $20 per hour in a monthly package.

Big and Tiny started a year ago with a location on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Silver Lake is to be their second location, and they hope to expand further, Bilbao said.

Big & Tiny's new Silver Lake outpost most recently served as the short-lived PETA Empathy Center.  Less than two years after opening, the animal rights group decided to lease out the 5,700-square-foot Empathy Center space because events had turned out to be so popular a few blocks east at the PETA's Bob Barker Building in Echo Park, according to PETA’s Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

“We chose a business that will continue the Empathy Center's mission of teaching children respect, understanding, and compassion for all living beings, regardless of race, religion, ability, gender, or species,” Reiman said.

Future home of Big & Tiny in Silver Lake

The Big & Tiny co-working space is moving into the former PETA Empathy Center  in Silver Lake


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