In February last year, we took the boys and Big Sister Foote to Chicago, Wilmington, NC., and Washington, DC. Noah was a wee little thing, and James had a fabulous time playing with our friends’ children in Chicago and Wilmington. I’ve not written much about these trips because I was enjoying myself at the time and decided to take a holiday from photo taking and blogging.
However, I thought I might have a bash at catching up on some of our travels and letting you know some of the fun stuff we got up to during our time in the States last year.
We visited Power of Play in Wilmington for a run around, really. The weather was a bit chilly – freezing rain and everyone wanted to get out, but not ‘out’ out. So under cover play time was perfect.
Power of Play is like this genius place that incorporates role play, playgrounds, and other things like a road for driving vehicles on – all under cover. They also (and I would like some UK places, local to me, to hear this bit) – they do babysitting!!
You’re going to have to excuse my photos in this post, because I took them with my phone, and clearly it was struggling indoors and being held one handed.
Power of Play is in a warehouse, with several cubicles for the various areas of role play (imagination stations), and the playground climbing frames.
Included in the role play areas are a doctor’s office, a school, a firestation (with fire engine) and a supermarket. There are a load of other things, like a dinosaur room, and a vets. Of course there’s a beauty parlour, too!
We loved the camp area, complete with camp fire! There’s dress up in every area and items to suit ages from 1-11. We also spent quite a bit of time in the castel, dressing up as Kings and Queens. There was also a baby cubicle with toys for tiny ones, though I seem to remember (and there is photographic evidence of this but I’ll not post it for the sake of my relationship) that Rob and Noah spent a good length of time asleep while we were at the Power of Play.
This is a really fun place to visit with a toddler or preschooler. It’s open from 10-3, and your entrance is good all day so you can go and come back if you want. Also, you can buy a 10-entry pass ($65) and use it for 10 goes for one child, or 5 visits for two, or whatever combination you like. I think that’s a really good idea, too.
If you’d like to see more of the Power of Play in Wilmington, North Carolina, there’s a Google tour of the inside here.
Do have a look at that if you want to see the playground climbing frames, for example, because I didn’t take any photos of those!
Have you visited somewhere like Power of Play? What do you think?