What to do on a Cold Day?

Thursday we were supposed to be going to Boogie Babies at the town community center, but it was canceled because the instructor had to go out of town for a family thing. So since we had no place to go and I was starting to get afraid that Jack was getting a kind of cabin fever and it was still pretty darn cold (and somewhat wet) outside (yes, we’d been out on little trips earlier in the week, but by the evenings he was so full of extra energy I knew we needed to do something bigger to get it all out) I decided to go to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Of course it took us SO MUCH LONGER to get out of the house than I had hoped so instead of getting there by 9:45ish we got there at like 10:20ish and I may have had to circle the block because I missed the parking deck on my first go round, in the end we made it and I’m happy to report that Jack had a blast!

Morning at Marbles Kids Museum

Right when you get to the play area there’s a big front part of a city bus for the kids to “drive” and Jack was instantly in love.

Morning at Marbles Kids Museum

He hit up a few other areas, like this car and the barn, before finding…

Morning at Marbles Kids Museum

TRAINS!

Morning at Marbles Kids Museum

I think he could have played there all day. Several groups of kids came and went while Jack played happily with the trains.

Morning at Marbles Kids Museum

I did manage to drag him away on a temporary detour, but before you knew it we were back at the trains.

Morning at Marbles Kids Museum

I tell you what though, one thing that’s SUPER hard about being a parent in public? Not telling other people’s kids to back the heck off when they come up and snatch something up out of your kid’s hand. Especially if that kid is obviously a few years older. Fortunately Jack is extremely laid back and on the few occasions that it happened he instantly moved on to another train to play with, but man did I have to bite my tongue hard.

Anyways, I think we were there for maybe an hour and 15 minutes or so? When he didn’t even doze a little on the car ride home I was worried that he didn’t do enough running around there, but then he took a nap that lasted slightly over 2 hours and I think it totally paid off. (Anything over about an hour and 20 minutes for this kid is a gift.)