This month we have finally had a whole new world open up. My daughter has conquered several of her fears. It all started with the Dexter-Ann Arbor race where she decided to try the inflatable and loved it. Since then, she's been on inflatables at her school ice cream social, and an Xtreme Bounce Zone birthday party (and asked to go back).
This week we were on vacation and visited Knoebel's amusement park in Pennsylvania. She went on their inflatable and then asked to go in the ball pit. I was shocked. She had hated ball pits since she was less than a year and the library had a tiny one at baby play time. She loved the ball pit.
While we were away, we had lunch at a McDonald's with an outdoor playground. She has never had problems with outdoor playgrounds so she went right on it. The playground was very much like the indoor one near us so I asked her why she didn't like the indoor playgrounds.
Since we just got back from a week away, we have no food and need to go grocery shopping so I offered to take her to lunch. Of course, she picked McDonald's and asked to go to the one at Michigan & Carpenter instead of the one on Carpenter near Meijer. At first, it was because of the iPads, but she quickly amended it to wanting to play on the playground. When we arrived she snagged a table with an iPad while I ordered, but after eating went to the playground. We've been here for over 30 minutes and she is having a blast.
I only regret that she has now decided that she likes indoor playgrounds with the closure of many in the area. Zoobilee in Ypsilanti has recently closed. I am not sure what the exact state of Jungle Java/Mocha Mountain on Jackson Rd is, but even if they are open I am not going to support them after blatantly violating their franchise agreement with Jungle Java. I guess we'll be taking trips to Jungle Java in Canton or Chelsea Treehouse.
Maybe we'll be getting ice cream at McDonald's and playing more.
With her having a winter birthday, I am glad that she now likes these places since it will give me the option of having her party somewhere other than our house. It also means we won't have to turn down as many birthday party invitations since she had previously refused to attend any at an indoor playground or an inflatable place.
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