Actually, this message is for moms too but I liked the idea of addressing fathers because I wanted to share this lovely quote with the right audience, "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother" - Henry Ward Beecher.
Now that we have established the importance of loving mom, let’s move forward to talk strategy about you and time with the offspring on long hot summer days. Do you need a new approach for keeping the kids busy and happy at a low-cost, low-effort, low-mileage destination? Keep it local. Keep it simple. Pack some snacks and some bucks and head over to Celebration Kingdom located at 87 Concord St., North Reading. I know I must sound like an advertisement, but I already love this place after only one visit. - Thank you to Linda Marino and Tracy Jannino.
This was a perfect “match.com” moment for me. If I had to start dating an indoor play space, this would be my first pick. It all started last Friday. After not sleeping on a red-eye flight back from Los Angeles, I decided I needed a really easy day with my very active four-year-old boy. I decided it was time to check this place out and it ended up being a 5-hour fun-a-thon. I walked in at 11:00 a.m. dragging my feet from fatigue and without realizing it was 4:00 p.m. by the time we left! How did that happen? I was only planning on staying maybe one or two hours. I really worked that $8.00 admission price. My financial advisor husband will be proud. I maxed out my return on this investment.
What did we do during that time? He bounced, jousted, watched a movie, ate pizza, climbed up, slid down, rode plasma cars, laughed, played air hockey, and met new friends. And what did I do? I exhaled, crossed my legs, sipped soda, read a magazine, watched a movie, sent a few texts, climbed up and slid down one or two times, jousted for fun, devoured pizza and relaxed.
But, like all relationships, I did discover two problems with our local Celebration Kingdom! The first is the myth that you have to wait until a “birthday” to actually go there - wrong. Go frequently. And secondly, the trauma of trying to extract your child from the premises when it is time to go home. Never fun, but ultimately worth it. Keep in mind that this is a year round solution for fun - hot summer days, chilly fall days, snowy winter days, and “the-kids-are-driving-me-crazy days!” Upon leaving I asked my son-shine what he thought of the place and he said, “The fun is more great here.”
So remember dads, taking the kids to CK is a way to help and love mom!
Have a strategy to share? Let me know!