You’ve all heard me complain about the fact that we live in the sticks. We’re 2 hours away from any major city and an hour away from even a Target. There is NOTHING around here for young kids to do – if you’re not “play at an outdoor park” age, you’re out of luck. And since this is Wisconsin, there is snow on the ground for 5 (6 this year!) months of the year, so you’re out of luck either way.
I see all of my favorite bloggers talk about going to bounce houses, indoor playlands, StrollerStrides, Baby Gyms, and other fun indoor places that entertain the whole family for hours for pennies on the dollar. And I’m jealous. Oh so jealous. I’d have to drive two hours one way for any of these things, so that’s just not happening.
A few weekends ago, Mason was having a crabby day, I was having a “If I have to sit in this house for one more second I’m going to jump off a bridge” moment. I decided we were going to find a fast food restaurant with a ball pit or slides or SOMETHING. So we drove and we drove. Apparently, such a thing doesn’t exist. McDonalds? Nothin. Hardees? Nope. Another McDonalds? No way. Finally, I remembered Burger King had slides and tunnels so we went there and much to my dismay, their Playland was now another dining area. Struck out once again. We ended up walking around Shopko for half an hour and going back home.
Then, last Saturday, we were walking around Mendards (a Home Depot / Lowes type store) and I said I wanted to go out into the Garden Center. We walked around looking at garden creatures and flower pots and suddenly, the skies opened and the angels sang. They had an INDOOR PLAY AREA!!
There were swings!
There are lots of climbing things and slides that Mason can grow into
There were multiple play houses.
And they had a kiddie rollercoaster!
The only thing Mason wants to know? “When are we coming back again?!”
The only bummer is that the Garden Area isn’t insulated, so it’s COLD there in the winter, but hey, nothing bundling up can’t solve for a quick visit! And more importantly, we’ve solved the issue of what to do on the many rainy weekends to come!