Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Soft play, or what to do when the weather's bad
Scattered about the city are indoor playgrounds, called "soft play" by English speakers. Some of them are connected to shopping centers, some free-standing. You sign in your child and for a small fee the staff supervises their play while you run errands. After her initial rush of intoxication at the bright colors, Eleanor has decided she is not so fond of them unless she has a friend with her. If she's with a friend, though, she loves soft play.
Do they have these in the US too? I know about IKEA's play area drop-off, but that's it. I think it's a European thing (which explains why IKEA, which originated in Sweden, has them), but maybe I'm just clueless and they're all over the US too. Kind of a nice option for when little ones are exasperated with errands.