My daughter and I had a wonderful time at our local indoor play facility. I was thrilled when it opened but couldn't fit it into our week. We stepped outside of our daily routine and found an amazing gem. Needless to say, our afternoon treat was delightful! Whenever I visit a new environment (with her), my main concerns are cleanliest and safety. Walking in to a smiling face is the cherry on top!
Background: My DD has never cried when I've dropped her at school or sitters. She's very independent in social environments. However, she hasn't been around kids outside of family in several months. I was worried her lack of interaction would leave me apologizing or refereeing within ten minutes.
The adventure begins:
I take her shoes off and she doesn't look back. First stop, the play kitchen. I survey the scene and notice the toys are in excellent condition, the carpet is clean and the air is fresh. Best of all, there is only one child in the entire space. She moves from the play kitchen to puzzles and push toys with ease. I linger, never hover, when she's exploring. I want her to be brave enough to try new things and smart enough to figure them out on her own.
We played for two hours and met two new friends. The two tots were regulars. She followed their lead on certain toys but played confidently, while I made casual conversation with the other Mamas.
She was hesitant on some of the high equipment but with a few words of encouragement completed the day like a champ. Watching her play reminded me that she must interact with new friends to understand the building blocks of relationships.
What is your favorite place for exploration?
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