This is something that most of you parents know about but to be journalistically thorough (I made that term up but I think it works) I have to share. A few weeks ago we had to kill some time at Southpoint Mall. We'd exhausted the Barnes & Noble train and LEGO table and some of the other hidden gems in the area. Usually I steer way clear of the Apple store since it is nearly always crowded and has a lot of visual stimulization for both C and me. But we decided to try it out during our time to explore and I wanted to see the new iPod selection.
Now bear in mind that we don't have an iPad at home or any sort of tablet (we're not technology adverse by any means, just working with an old-school Kindle and an iPod that is Mommy's Only), so C is completely new to this technology. Yet even if your child is very comfortable with an iPad and thinks it is old news I am sure they can spend some significant time here.
Make your way through the stations and people and Apple employees to the back near the check out desks. There is a table dedicated to kids and is even kid height. At this table is a bunch of iPads limited to safe children's games.
C had a very good time seeing the Rocket Learns to Read game since we love that book at home. He was fascinated with it. In the meantime, it gave me a chance to sit down and find all the pieces of The Bug's diaper bag again. C was completely occupied and stationary, the technology is (of course) gorgeous and user friendly enough that my 3 year old can navigate it, and having it limited to safe and content-appropriate activities was great for this mommy.
Apple Store at Southpoint
8030 Renaissance Parkway