RIDGEFIELD - Town resident and former elementary school teacher Kate Haase-MacDonald said she has always had a \u201csilly, lighthearted side.\u201d She said her personality, combined with her passion as an activities coordinator, was what motivated her to open a multi-sensory business she named Silly Goose. Silly Goose caters to local families seeking a fun, creative gathering for their children. As part of the business, along with hosting playdates at her Ridgefield home, Haase-MacDonald frequently travels to local homes to fulfill children\u2019s party wishes. For example, if a family were to call Haase-MacDonald requesting a birthday party for a child who loves bugs and \u201cThe Lion King,\u201d Haase-MacDonald would brainstorm a fun party that would incorporate both those loves. \u201cEveryone can find something to engage with and everyone walks away happy, so that\u2019s my goal,\u201d Haase-MacDonald said. Haase-MacDonald conceived of the idea for the business while reflecting on her own childhood. She said her favorite memories weren\u2019t focused on the money her mother spent on her birthday parties, but rather on the activities her mother planned to make the parties fun. From London Bridges and other familiar favorites, Haase-MacDonald said, \u201cAll of the games I played as a child were my favorite memories, and I kind of wanted to bring them back.\u201d Instead of having children on devices or using screentime for entertainment, she said she loves the \u201cold school\u201d feeling of being able to connect through games and activities. Haase-MacDonald said her desire to start the business was also fueled by her 22 years as a volunteer at Camp Viva, a program offered through Family Services of Westchester for children and families affected by HIV\/AIDS. As for her new business\u2019s namesake, Haase-MacDonald said Silly Goose was inspired by her daughter Mia Ferranti. When her first husband Michael Ferranti died in 2017, she said Mia was one who could make her smile: \u201cI always called her my \u2018silly goose.\u2019\u201d Before hatching Silly Goose, Haase-MacDonald spent 21 years working as an elementary school teacher, with 16 years teaching in the Bronx and five years at The Windward School in Westchester, N.Y. During her time at the Bronx school, she oversaw and ran a summer camp to provide children with a place to go in the summertime. Along with giving the children a safe environment in which they could have fun and be creative, Haase-MacDonald said she loved all the activities taught at the camp . She said the camp she oversaw was \u201crun downwith a blacktop that was falling apart,\u201d so she and the children would come up with creative games using pool noodles; play variations of dodgeball using beachballs; and take part in different crafts. Following her husband\u2019s death, Haase-MacDonald switched from coordinating summer camp activities to focusing on her work at The Windward School. \u201cIt was too much for me to do the camp ... because I had a daughter at home and couldn\u2019t leave her in the summer,\u201d she said. Haase-MacDonald later met and married Devin MacDonald, and together with Mia, they moved to Ridgefield in February 2021. Haase-MacDonald was teaching at The Windward School until last year when she decided to take a year off following the birth of her son, Jack MacDonald. With time, Haase-MacDonald realized she enjoyed being an activities coordinator, finding out what children like doing and putting that into play throughout the year. She said her husband told her to follow her dreams of doing activities and encouraged her to \u201ctake the year and really make it into something.\u201d Silly Goose began with Mia\u2019s friends coming over to her house to bake, do arts and crafts and connect with one another over activities.. While Haase-MacDonald doesn\u2019t have a storefront for her business yet, she said she\u2019d eventually like to have a place to house Silly Goose. In the meantime, she said she\u2019s trying to figure out all the kinks. \u201cI absolutely enjoy being able to do what I love, whether it\u2019s kids coming over and having a playdate or just being silly and having a good time,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is something I love to do\u2026 and I feel this is my purpose.\u201d Though Silly Goose is still in its infancy, Haase-MacDonald says she\u2019s been very lucky with how her business is grown through referrals and word-of-mouth. Looking toward the future, she said her long-term goal is to use her coordinating abilities to either work in a nursing home where she\u2019d organize different projects and activities for seniors, or coordinate activities for children with special needs. Haase-MacDonald can best be reached by calling 914-310-0273.