Off-Peak Play

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Grown-ups like off-peak prices on train tickets, and babies like off-peak hours at indoor  play spaces… but which I mean, going when it’s not too crowded! If you’ve been curious about checking out such a place with your baby, I highly recommend going when you know it won’t be packed (hint: lunchtime, when everyone else makes an exodus home).

To wit, we showed up at a play space today when it was quite crowded (whoops, I should have known, on a rainy day!). Veronika seemed tentative as she tried out a few baby toys on the soft mats…

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and the ball play area…

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and soft blocks to build with.

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Once the space cleared out, I saw her whole body loosen up. Suddenly her movements were bigger, her expressions happier, and the “ga ga gas” began in earnest.

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Now she loved baby toys!

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And balls!

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And soft blocks!

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I loved watching her and brother in the soft block space! If there is a ball pit, dangle your baby in gently and swish him or her around, for a gentle introduction.

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Do you have a favorite local indoor play space? Please share in the comments!

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