Do you have or know a little girl? There’s a brand new line of dolls out there, and I’m giving one away with my Hot Locks giveaway!
We’re on spring break up by me. And the wee ones are finally at an age where the other parents are arranging massive playdates at local hangouts to get together. There were two scheduled for today.
Today, when I have a six hour doctor’s appointment for Mister Man to finish up his developmental testing. Both started at 10am, which was one hour into our appointment. I left a message with one person that I’d give her a call as we left just in case they were still there.
Just before 3:30, I gave her a call. It was really hard to hear her with all the background noise, but I did catch the – Yes, we’re really still here! And so we decided to go.
It was at an indoor playground that I’d seen open a few months ago and been curious about. I had first heard about an indoor playground from a friend of mine who had a friend investigating the concept. I somewhat pooh-pooh’ed it. Then I saw this one being built next to a store I frequent. It didn’t look like much, but it promised healthy food and wi-fi for parents.
Then I went to ask them for a donation for our fundraiser, and I saw what they had. One wall was a two story jungle gym, with all sorts of different equipment to interest any child, including a separate area for babies. Parents could see their children from any spot in the playground, and there were plenty of tables and couches. I was intrigued.
I was even more intrigued when I heard that my friends were still there over five hours into their playdate. I asked Mister Man, and he was game, so we headed to join them.
When we walked in the door, Mister Man very excitedly told me where he was going to be sure that I saw him. He waited for me, but quite politely asked the worker where his coat and shoes went to ensure they were properly taken care of. (Really, is this my socially adept son? Cool!)
And then he went to play. I was hoping to stick around for close to two hours to get my money’s worth. I wasn’t sure if he’d last more than an hour before I started having to beg him to try it just a little longer.
And that’s so not how it went. He went and played. He was all over the playground. He came back sweaty and looking for water. He went off to play again. He played with first graders from his school. He made new friends. He had three girls chasing him around.
Granted, he did come to me a few times with issues – once after running into the corner of a table with his hip (ouch!) and a couple times with small run-ins with other children. But he kept going back. He didn’t let the little things ruin his day as he frequently does. It was simply too much fun.
And he was negotiating playing a Star Wars game of some sort when I told him it was truly time to leave. At almost 7pm, three plus hours after we arrived. He could have stayed longer, but he very politely put on his coat and shoes and waited near the exit. (Seriously, who took my child, and what did they do with him?)
The whole ride home, all he could do was talk about the really cool playground and how he wanted to go back again. And how he wanted to take Little Miss with him to show her. And the games he played.
Me? I rather enjoyed talking to my mom friends. One had brought her laptop and was enjoying the wi-fi. Having stayed over lunch, they all checked out the menu and agreed that the food was pretty decent. There were breakfast sandwiches for under $3. Quesadillas, pu-pu platters (kid friendly), real macaroni and cheese, and more. And knowing how allergic so many children are, it’s absolutely a nut free zone. Did I mention the free refills on the drinks?
It was well worth the $10 admission for me. And I’m really kicking myself. We live in Chicago. Our weather is … unpredictable. We long for healthy things to do with our children. Why on earth didn’t I come up with this idea first?
Or at least I could have invented the Ped Egg. Or something!