How (not) to control your kids in Discovery Place

Before the Wee Frat Boys came along, it was really easy to give dirty looks to all of those haggard moms who couldn’t keep their kids from screeching and running amok in public places. I also thought it abusive and unsavory that children were put on leashes.

Silly, judgmental, clueless me.

Knowing that it may well have been a giant mistake, I decided not to put Frat Boy The Younger, who is in every way a maniac two-year-old boy, into his stroller when we went to Discovery Place last week. Instead, I put on his “backpack” which is actually a kind way of saying that he was put on a leash. I did this because I knew that if I brought said stroller, I would have to eventually let him out of it while we were there, and then I would just be chasing my future track star while simultaneously pushing the unwieldy stroller, while also trying to make sure Frat Boy The Elder is not climbing into a fish tank or that a baddie is not absconding with him. It’s about as much fun as it sounds.

Wee Frat Boys contemplate grand theft Nemo.

Note to Self: Take the stroller next time. There is a special “Stroller Parking Lot” in the KidScience room, which is geared especially for kids under seven. We spent about an hour in there, and they loved playing the drums, building with blocks, and the light wall. Though it is a large room, it is also fairly contained, so I could usually get a visual on both kids at the same time.

Second Note to Self: Bring a change of clothes for the little guys, or prepare for them to be soaked for the rest of the visit. There are smocks provided at the what Frat Boy The Elder deemed  his “fravoritest part of the museum”, also known as the Water Table, but they were no match for my toddler or others I saw. That water is just too enticing not to dump all over themselves and their friends.

Bring your wellies.

When we ventured upstairs,  Frat Boy The Younger lost a shoe somewhere between the stairs and the rain forest during a less than cooperative moment, but one of the kind Discovery Place employees (they are all so, so nice, and have so much more patience with my kids than I do) found it and returned it to us when it was clear we were retracing our steps sans footwear.

Frat Boy The Younger plotting Bear World Domination

By then we had exhausted our shelf life and needed to take our leave, but I’m looking forward to going back soon and exploring the rest of what was one of my favorite places to visit as a child, and now with my own kids, even if I do have to keep one of them on a leash.

My kid on a leash beating the “drums.” Now you know why I often wear ear plugs around the house.

Disclosure: Passes to the museum were provided to me by Discovery Place, but opinions and content are my own. 

Discovery Place

301 North Tryon Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

704. 372.6261



11 Comments on "How (not) to control your kids in Discovery Place"

  1. Christine June 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm · Reply

    We are here frequently- I love that they have a quiet, healhty cafeteria to eat in. I bring the kids’ lunches, and then treat myself to something yummy from their food vendors.

    • Tricia June 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Reply

      I do like their food options. On that day we went to meet John because I needed back up, and because I think we were about to get thrown out of there. Even the super nice employees there have to draw the line on Mach 5 fits in the gift shop.

  2. kippy p. June 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm · Reply

    At least your still trying to control them. I have given up on my King of the Wild Things. You’ll now find him pushing his toy lion throught out Harris Teeter, Lowe’s Hardware and Target. (and i’m sure Discovery Place at some point this summer) Yeah, I’m “that” mom.

    • Tricia June 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm · Reply

      I’m just trying to keep them in the same room. They are both runners, and they are both quick. At least this way I can drag one across the floor while I chase the other.

  3. Meredith June 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm · Reply

    I love the Wee Frat Boys! I can honestly say I got to hold Frat Boy Younger at UGA Day in Charlotte. I love how you have written about them….didn’t get to hang with Frat Boy Elder, cause Younger kept me occupied. But, I loved every minute of it! They are adorable.

    • Tricia June 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm · Reply

      Thank you, Meredith! We had such a great time at UGA Day. It was so great to see you, and I appreciate you being so kind to my wild animal child.

  4. Leslie June 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm · Reply

    They are so precious!! Good call on the backpack

  5. YUMMommy June 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm · Reply

    We love the Discovery Place. And Moo gets soaked in the Kid Science room every time. We spent almost two hours in there once!

    • Tricia June 26, 2012 at 12:19 am · Reply

      It is so much fun in there for that age group, and a great way to spend a hot summer day. Thanks so much for commenting!

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