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.
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.
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.
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.
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