Follow along as three families (just like you!) discover Playscape together. The Playscape 5—Torrence, Myles and Ella, and Gage and Paul—will share their experiences as they learn and grow in the gallery...and at home! See Playscape through the eyes of Gage (age 3) and Paul (age 18 mos.) in this post from mom, Emily. And continue to follow their journey online, on the blog, or by searching the #Playscape5 hashtag!
We’ve lived in Indianapolis for over 10 years, and this has been the worst (as far as the cold and snow goes) winter I can remember. Multiple days have gone by where the kids and I haven't left the house. It’s an understatement to say that our home has become Gage and Paul’s personal bounce house. Cabin fever has undoubtedly reached an all-time high, and my sofas are begging for toddler mercy.
Truth be told, I’m a die-hard lover of the winter season, but this year I’m waving the white flag. It’s not even February, and this self-proclaimed snow bunny is ready for spring. One of our only saving graces to the winter blues is that we live so very close to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. And if the roads are favorable, you will see us there at least once a week, getting the “winter wiggles” out.
We don’t stay long—maybe an hour or two right before lunch and nap time, which is just enough time to run and play, burning up all that pent-up energy.
If you have still not made it to the new Playscape, winter is the perfect time! When it’s cold outside, it’s toasty warm inside Playscape.
5 ways we get the “winter wiggles” out at Playscape:
1. Bang on those drums! Every visit, my four year old makes a beeline for the music room. His favorite percussion? The bongos! Go ahead and get your groove on and bang away!
2. Climb to the top of the climber! At home, there’s no climbing on the furniture. But at the Climber, your encouraged to go up, up, and up jumping from pad to pad—all the way to the tippy top and into the little sail boat. It’s a bird's eye view of Playscape!
3. Let your hair blow in the wind tunnel! A few weeks ago my boys discovered a box fan in my bedroom and quickly became obsessed with standing in front of it, feeling the wind blow in their hair. I think we can agree that box fans don’t make the best toys, so even though it was super fun, it’s also off limits. But at Playscape, go ahead and jump in that tunnel, dance and jump around, get blown away.
4. Build a track and watch the balls roll on down! Such a simple activity—build a descending track and watch the ball roll on down. The track is Paul’s favorite activity. He can spend what feels like hours helping the older kids construct the “road”. And his favorite part? You guessed it, rolling the ball on down (and then putting the balls back into the basket).
5. Splash around in the creek! At home the boys have started taking mid-day baths just for fun. But nothing at home can start to compare to Playscape's creek. Paul’s favorite creek toy activity is catching little boats with a net as they float on by.
As a mom to two little boys, a preschooler and a toddler, I simply don’t know how we would sanely survive the winter without our weekly trip to the museum. Because don’t think for a minute that getting the “winter wiggles” out is just for the kids.