Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Visit to Playtown Express

So this Wednesday we went down to Hopkinton MA to Playtown Express with Reba and Naomi. It was a busy day to say the least. We left the house early and I took the boys into Keene for their Swim and Gym class at the YMCA. Xander loves the gym class- he is so funny trying to climb the climbing wall and hang from the monkey bars. James particularly likes the ball pit- he's too little I think for most of the other stuff really. All in all I think gym and swim is better suited for Xander than James age-wise but he'll catch up! Xander is like a little fish in the water although mostly he seems to want to play rather than learn how to swim so... we'll have to work on that. He is really good at kicking his feet and staying aflost with the help of his swim vest but he hasn't really figured out the reaching with his arms yet. I think I may remove one of the float pads from the back of his vest to force him to tip forward a bit more-then maybe he will
learn how to use his arms more. James hasn't figured out the whole swimming thing at all yet- he just clings in the water. Anyway after swim and gym we grabbed some lunch and headed south.
Luckily the boys slept the whole way down to Hopkinton so they were well rested when we got to Playtown. I don't think they knew where to begin! Basically Playtown is a large open warehouse space that is full of bouncy things and toy cars and there is a whole row of play shops. Xander of course was mostly interested in the cars and the slides and James just puttered around. He enjoyed going down the big slide but poor mommy got tired of hauling him up it! Thankfully after the first few times Xander managed to figure out how to get up it himself! We spent about 3 hours there until they closed. By then it was snowing so instead of going back to Reba's for a bit we decided to head straight home- which turned out to be a wise decision since it took us over 3 hours to get home! James slept most of the way and Xander entertained me with his singing until he fell asleep. It was just very slow going home because of the snow. I was very ready to be home!

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