Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Greystone Indoor Park

Katie found this fabulous, free, indoor hidden gem in Raleigh for us.  I can't believe I hadn't heard of it before!  Enjoy the information and thanks, Katie (& Melissa), for exploring this post.:
 
A few weeks ago, our friend Melissa over at Adventuroo gave us a Twitter tip on Greystone Indoor Playground.  I have been wanting to try it with H ever since.  On Saturday morning, I decided it was a little too cool to spend all morning outside but my little guy really needed to burn off some toddler steam.  So, we packed the diaper bag, programmed the trusty GPS, and headed over to Greystone.

Greystone Recreation  is tucked away in Greystone Village Shopping Center.  In fact, it is relatively easy to miss from the street the first time you go.  But I am thrilled we found it! H and I ventured in, a little unsure of what to expect, and it was great!  When you enter, you go by an information desk where they have a list of the rules (pretty basic: no food or drink on the playground floor, adult supervision required, etc.), and they are happy to answer any questions you have.  Also, the playground is designed for children 5-12 years old so if yours are younger (as mine is) they will tell you this, but will also tell you that the younger ones can play as long as you are with them and they don’t try to climb anything beyond their strength/coordination limitations. 

I listened to the warnings (don’t get me wrong, they took, in total, two minutes).  In the meantime, H’s eyes were huge—he couldn’t wait to get to the playground!  While it isn’t tremendous, it has plenty of climbing opportunities (even for the little ones) and is situated on a well-cushioned rubberized floor.  At the back of the playground area, there is even a rock climbing wall for the older kids!  (H thought the climbing wall was meant for him to see how many colors he could pick out, so we had a pretty good time with that, too.)  I would say that more than half the children there were toddlers, and we had quite the Mommy/toddler race going for awhile (next time I will wear appropriate jogging attire).   Oh, and when you need to calm your little one down a bit, there are great murals of nature scenes.  H spent quite a bit of time picking out squirrels and frogs.   

Overall, we easily spent two hours there, and I had to tear H away when they were closing down! 

Now for the details the toddlers don’t care so much about, but we Mommies do:  the bathrooms were clean, close by and had a changing table (with a hook right next to it, so you can easily hang your purse or diaper bag there).   There are vending machines, but if you are looking for healthy snacks, you might want to bring your own.  There are plenty of benches around the perimeter of the play area and, outside, parking is abundant.   And, quite possibly the best part:  It is free! 

We had a fabulous time, and we will definitely be going back! 

Greystone Indoor Playground & Greystone Recreation Center
http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts/content/PRecRecreation/Articles/GreystoneRecreationCenter.html

7713-55 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
919.996.4848

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