Monday, 2 August 2010
Lollipop land - could this be hell?
For this Mum, it could possibly be my definition of hell.
For one, there is the noise. Now, living in a small house with four young children means that I am partial to a bit (a LOT) of noise daily. It is the single most difficult thing about being a parent if you ask me. Children chatter. A lot. To themselves, to you, to anyone who will listen (or look like they are listening anyway). They speak loudly. They repeat themselves. They talk about inane things a lot of the time. They make noise, seemingly, for the sake of making noise.
Times that by about 100, and you can imagine the decibel rating at Lollipop Land. Hell.
Then there is the food. The cost is exorbitant. The food is plastic and tasteless and they WON'T LET YOU BRING YOUR OWN. Utter madness.
And then there is the General Public factor. I have to say I was pretty lucky at our recent visit, but I have met some pretty freaky types at those places before. You know the ones? Parents who go to those places to get away from their kids. They sit and gossip with their friends, or absorb themselves in their book or computer. They don't supervise their children and their kids get into everyone's faces and cause trouble. Those people's kids scare my kids. They scare me a little too.
So you see, lots of noise, bad food and terrible company, I wasn't exaggerating. It really could be hell..
Anyway, our kids had an absolute ball (as they do)!
My only survival tips for people are:
1. Go on a sunny day (it wasn't as packed as I remember those places being) and
2. Take two parents if you have kids in different age groups. The Geege managed the babies while I did regular checks with the boys on the giant slides. Much easier than racing between sections on your own (which I have done before).
3. Bring your credit card. Those places are seriously expensive! A definite 'sometimes' outing at our place.
What has your experience been like at these play centres?