About half an hour north of our house is a church with a large indoor playland. Think McDonald's but without the fast food. For five hours every weekday afternoon it is open to the general public. (There is also a preschool at this church; can you imagine going to a preschool with a giant indoor playland?) Worth the half an hour drive? Absolutely. I am always on the lookout for free entertainment and being indoors is just a bonus, although I'm sure it is much more crowded on rainy days than on the beautiful sunny day we visited.
So we're at this big beautiful playground with twisty slides and tunnels and places to climb, all of it thoughtfully enclosed to prevent plummeting children. Perfect, right?
As it turns out, beneath Harper's spirited personality, she is incredibly physically timid. She wanted nothing to do with most of the climbing and sliding and tunnels. Rather, she spent nearly the entire time we were there going up and down this little green slide.
After a while, the playground was overrun by some very fast, very loud, BIG KIDS. All Harper could do was just stand back and watch as they ran by.
So she was intimidated by the slides, tunnels, climbing, and big kids and I still think she'd be excited to go back. Maybe next time she will even venture up the purple steps which lead to the more exciting parts of the equipment. If not, we'll have to sign her up for gymnastics!