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Okay, I confess. I actually had a much grander post planned for today. We visited a really special place called Common Ground in New Haven, CT a couple weeks ago and I was hoping to write all about our experience there today.
But I’m exhausted. Yes, I know we just had a holiday weekend. My brother and his girlfriend came to visit us (hi Uncle Greg!) and although I loved having them here, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve played hostess for three days and I forgot how much work that can be–the activity planning and the laundry and the cooking and the cleanup. It was like having another two kids for the weekend! 🙂
So you’ll have to forgive me if I postpone the tale of our urban farm adventure. It will be worth the wait!
Meanwhile, did you know that the BRAND NEW McDonald’s in Glastonbury opened for business last week? And that they have a BRAND NEW indoor Playplace? Oh yes. We’ve actually been three times already (in one week!).
The first day we went in the afternoon and it was a zoo, but the two times after that we’ve gone early in the morning, like around 8:30am, and it has been peaceful and empty and my kids run around while I enjoy a nice cup of coffee (exactly what I needed after playing Martha Stewart for the weekend!). So today I thought I’d give you a quick tour of the new play place so that you, too, can take a well-deserved coffee break. Sound good?
Although the playscape is actually a little smaller than the old one, the NEW play area has some fantastic features that more than make up for this:
- The structure itself is more open so that you can pretty much see your kiddos at all times (a big improvement over those enclosed tunnels in the old playscape that made it near impossible to keep track of where anyone was; plus MUCH easier to retrieve uncooperative little ones when it is time to go).
- There are activities/obstacles inside the playscape to occupy the kids.
- There is now a toddlers-only area for kids ages 3 and under so even the wobbliest walkers have an activity.
- There is a cushiony padded flooring around the playscape.
- There are larger tables and booths that are good for a crowd and much more accessible with wheelchairs or strollers (although, there are fewer tables overall).
- There’s a flat screen TV playing cartoons for those times when you just. need. them. to. sit. still. Hey, we all have our moments 🙂
- But the most exciting change (at least in my mommy mind) is that there is now a family restroom (with a changing station) located IN the Playplace. No more packing everything up, wrestling shoes back on, and hauling both kiddos all the way to the back of the restaurant when someone has to go potty! Now you can just send them into the single-person restroom and stand guard at the door without even having to drag your other kiddo off the playscape. It’s the little things!
But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself… 🙂
Who knows. You might even be able to get them to eat a little something 🙂
Have you been to the new Glastonbury McDonald’s play area? What did you think?
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