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Indoor Balloon Badminton

Indoor Balloon BadmintonThis may very well be the easiest activity to throw together ever, but Gracen thoroughly enjoyed it.  All you need is a couple of paper plates (ours are made of styrofoam, which I absolutely despise, but they, along with many other party supplies, were in the cupboard when we moved into this house, so I don’t feel quite as badly about using them), 2 large popsicle sticks, some masking tape, and a balloon.  To create simple racquets, all you have to do is tape popsicle stick handles onto the bottom sides of the plates… Then you’re ready to play!  Partner pass, keep it up, and distance contests are all fun.

IMG 7731This is a perfect activity for a rainy day and great for helping your toddler burn off some energy if getting outside isn’t an option.  The other perk is that it is relatively quiet (especially when played independently), so it could make a good quiet activity for an older sibling whose little brother or sister is napping.

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Kerrisdale Play Palace

This morning, as we stepped foot into a little old arena on the westside, I was transported back in time.  A time in the late 80’s / early 90’s where I spent hours and hours in little old arenas, freezing my tush off while watching my brother’s countless hockey games.  Only this was Kerrisdale.  And it’s quite obviously 2012.

But despite the dingy smell, yellow lights, and chilly temperature, the Kerrisdale arena, which is transformed into the Kerrisdale Play Place each spring, is truly a hidden gem for those of us who live in a city that gets as much rain as we do.  It’s filled with inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and bouncy castles, gym equipment, musical instruments, and ride-on cars and toys, making it much more than just your usual play gym drop in session.  And let me tell you, Gracen LOVED it.  I don’t think she stopped squealing for more than 5 seconds during our entire visit.  Here our some photos from our visit…

On the pirate-themed ocean inflatable in the preschooler area:
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Playing with floor toys and equipment in the preschooler area:
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In the preschooler bouncy castle:IMG 1621IMG 1617

Riding plasma cars in the main area:

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Shooting some hoops in the main area:IMG 1643IMG 1648

A couple of hours of squealing-good fun for a few bucks? You really can’t go wrong.  My only advice if you plan to visit..  Firstly, dress warm (it’s chilly in there!)  Second, wear or bring socks (they’re mandatory in all areas for children and in the preschool play area for adults).  And lastly, don’t be fooled by the jumping jack/push up/karate choppin’ sit up-doing attendant…  He’s surprisingly on his game and will catch and scold you if you sneak up the giant inflatable slide with your munchkin.   ☺

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