We live amidst the typical Southern California urban sprawl. Tucked inside of our three story townhome that was built in a tightly packed community. Sure we have tennis courts, a pool and two spas, but there isn’t a single playground or grassy patch that would break down the gremlin energy Lana has to burn. I love being outside, and we try to take her to the beach or to parks, but that fool eats sand. Yep, every single time I think “wow I have a genius on my hands,” she licks the sand, expresses her displeasure with the sandy mouth and then does it again! I digress.
In Southern California, lots of indoor trampoline type places have popped up whether it be a “Sky” place or a bounce house style, but consistently they all get low ratings on imposing their rules against older kids in the toddler areas. Let’s be clear here, I have to take Lana on the weekends and usually that correlates to larger than average crowds. Chasing her around an indoor bounce house wouldn’t be so bad, if I also wasn’t having to block and prevent tackles from older, much larger children all while trying to remind Lana that she needs to share and/or wait her turn. EXHAUSTING.
Thankfully, in our community there are a couple of alternatives. Pretend City is one of them, and while it can get busy, the price and location keeps it relatively manageable. Pretend City is a non-profit children’s museum. While most of the events and classes are during the work week, the weekends are fun to visit and even reasonable in pricing to consider for a birthday party. Secondly, there is a new kid on the block called We Play Loud. We Play Loud has only been open about a month, but the 50+ Yelp reviews are stellar. Their website has a few broken links and kinks, but I am certain over time, that will all be resolved. I love that you can fill out all of the registration information online and avoid trying to temper your toddler’s potential tantrum as you try to rebuff the unfettered attempts to break free and run!
I highly recommend googling or searching yelp for various Children’s Museums in your area that have tactile play, but also, indoor complexes that don’t just bank on the bounce house and/or trampoline experience.