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    I have been taking my child here since before age 2. For the people saying there is nothing to do for a small child, I am puzzled. Maybe what they meant is that they wanted the child to play by themselves while the parent/guardian took a break. My child had no trouble finding some fun things to do before age 2, but then again, I also got down on my hands and knees and played with my child. I’m also puzzled at the concerns over lack of security on exit. This is not a baby sitting place or day care. I sit at the table closest to the exit so my child cannot even go to the drinking fountain or restroom without going by me first. Sounds like the expectation of some of the others who have complained is that they feel that this place should be watching their kids. Do they also complain about McDonald’s play areas, or the wide open play area at the mall? Watch your own children. I applaud the “helicopter” mom…that is a new term for me, I guess I am a helicopter dad. Yes it is true there are moments of anxiety while my child is in the play structures and difficult to see and I wonder if I turned my eyes away too long and lost track of my child….but I don’t blame the staff or the toys….I look for my child to ensure safety and know the whereabouts. Yes it can be difficult to see through the netting, but the netting keeps them safe. As for the bigger kids and rough housing…yes some parents do not watch their kids. There is waiver we all signed. There are rules we’re all suppose to obey. How can we expect the children to obey them when I suspect most parents have not even read what they signed. There are risks. Just as there are on a playground, or when they go to gym class at school….we can’t protect them from every risk else they would never have any fun. It would be nice if more parents were proactive in watching their children, but that’s not going to happen. This is not going to stop me from bringing my child here because while I cannot control what other kids or parents do, I do actively engage with my child and make sure my child knows the rules and if is in an area where others are not obeying, I redirect my child to another area of greater safety. It’s called parenting. I just had to write this because I get to see my child only briefly throughout the year. This is one of our favorite places to go. It’s fun, good exercise and most people there are doing the right things. The staff is excellent and genuinely cares about the children and I have observed them doing “rescue” missions for the children who have climbed into the play structures and got scared and just sat down and cried. I’ve watched them help others overcome their fears of the slides and teach them how to climb. I’ve watched them clean up messes, sometimes left by careless parents, with a smile. This is very inexpensive fun. It’s safer than a park where they could climb on things and fall. More variety than McDonalds (and cleaner). More enclosed than the play area in the mall. More physical than the children’s interaction museum. My child has a great time, makes friends, and we share in memories. I can watch her, or I can get down on my hands and knees and crawl into the play house or play with the legos, read a book to my child, or just watch and observe my child socializing with other kids and teach life lessons in the process. This is a great venue.

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    I agree that no one checked to make sure I had my own children with me as I walked out the door. Very little supervision from the staff. But the kids love it. Try not to go when busy, so easy for the little ones to get trampled over! And–most moms just sit and do not watch their children, so if you’re a borderline helicopter mom like myself, sometimes it can be frustrating when other children are pushing yours!

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    I came in the first week and I loved it! My sons had a great time. There were even small toys for my 18 month old (Mr. Potato head, legos, small slide). I’ve been in a half dozen time since and most of the time it is very crowded – too very crowded (almost, “too bad we can’t go there any more” crowded). Around late afternoon seems a nice time to beat the crowd.I do wish they were open Monday. It is a free day for me and the Children’s Museum is closed. As the weather gets colder it would be nice to have another drop in indoor activity on Monday.They have a punch card that allows you to save a bit. They also have a snack bar with very reasonable prices and allow outside food and drink (YES!). I stop through a Drive Thru espresso place on my way in and I get mom a treat while the kids bounce.The water fountain seems to be a bit tough for the little ones to navigate. A step stool would be a help if there is not one there already.I love how you can pull up a table and the place is very visible with few blind corners. It’s clean. They disinfect with large squeegees often.I suppose I should write a bad review so that the crowds die off… but, seriously, they have earned their kudos. 🙂

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    They were nice enough to note on their website that a big party was scheduled, and let us know that it would be very busy then. That was very nice, and unexpected. The kids [2 & 4 yrs old] had a lot of fun, but there were three negative comments:1) very little for the two yr old to do, constantly in danger of getting trampled2) the inflatable toys have for the most part, fronts that obscure the inside. If you want to keep an eye on the kids, you’ll have to walk around with them3) no one checked anything, or even looked when I walked out the door with my grandsons [see #2]

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    Kids enjoyed it! Staff was friendly.