Lately I have been a big fan of play places. They are a cheap way to get out of the house, have your kid expend some energy, and even meet up with friends. The latest place I tried was My Little Adventures in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Let me just say…WOW! This place is adorable. (One look at the picture on their website and you’ll see what I mean!) From the moment you walk in, it is so different from the other play places I have been to. It just looks cleaner and more well-maintained. The walls and equipment are painted in pretty, muted pastel colors. All the play equipment is made of wood and looks brand-new.
The floor plan is split between several sections. The main part is a large, open play area that has slides, climbing apparatuses, jungle gyms, and a small ball pit (all carpeted). On the other side is a play-kitchen area, where a dozen or so kids can entertain themselves preparing “food” for you.
Then there is the Lilypad Cafe, which serves a wide variety of healthy lunches and snacks for both you and your child. (At what other play place would you find a menu that offers fare such as gourmet flat bread, quesadillas, organic mac & cheese, and fresh guacamole made daily?)
My almost-two-year-old was content to stay in the large play area, climbing up the jungle gyms and going down the slides over and over. There were musical instruments out for the kids to play with, and a big box full of furry animal puppets. During the time we were there, an employee came out to entertain the kids by blowing bubbles. They LOVED it.
There is plenty of room for parents to watch their kids without hovering, and the setup is such that you can stand and chat with your friend while still keeping the little ones in sight. At other places I have been to this is not the case. Some places have an open area that is too big and you are constantly running from section to section to keep an eye on your child.
My Little Adventures is the perfect place to meet up with a friend, let the kids run around, and then eat a healthy, yummy lunch together. We were there during the Pop-n-Play hours, where you pay $7.50 to play all day (siblings are an additional $4). They also offer a host of classes, as well as birthday parties. (Check out their monthly schedule to make sure you go during a time when Pop-n-Play is scheduled.)