what is an acceptable length of time to stay at a playplace?

Becky - posted on 05/31/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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McDonalds, Arctic Circle... you name it - if it has a place to play we've been there. We certainly don't go there for the food (which I think it why they can get away with charging so much for said "food") - we go there so that our little ones can get out a bit of their seemingly endless supply of energy.
So having purchased the cheapest item on the "food" menu - what is an acceptable amount of time to use this facility to entertain my toddler?

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Jay - posted on 06/03/2011

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As long as you've paid for something there and leave with plenty of time for the employees to clean then I say, "stay as long as your heart wishes."

Tasha - posted on 06/01/2011

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Maybe try packing some healthy snacks and going to a park instead, no worry of overstaying and temptations of expensive fast food. Just a thought, im sure the kids wont think its as fun though!

Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2011

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yep, agree with the others. I agree with you on the food. I usually get a large drink for all to share, and let them go til my head is about to explode from all the screaming. My thinking is, it's there, it's meant for kids to have fun. If we're there or not, they're still going to have the heat or a/c on and the lights. My kids don't make a mess, and are respectful to other kids' ages and play appropriately with them, so I don't see what it could possibly hurt.

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Janine - posted on 06/02/2011

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As long as you like. I've stayed in play spaces for over 2 hours before. McDonalds for over an hour or so too.

Stacey - posted on 06/02/2011

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i usually go to subway and do a picnic at the park or beach, its alot of fun and on rainy days we stay home and do crafts etc... Ive had bad experiences with my daughter getting sick every time we had gone to play at Mc Donalds or bonkers, pretty much any indoor play public places so i personally tend to stay away from those. and they enjoy the park and sometimes we go to the schools playground after hours and they enjoy showing me all the places they like to play.

Angela - posted on 06/02/2011

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@Tasha, well I know living here in The Netherlands the weather can make the park not accessible all the time. But I agree if you can get to the park and the weather is good do it! We do that in fact every chance we get because the sun is not out much here!

Jamie - posted on 06/01/2011

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I've stayed at McDonalds with my daughter for 2+ hours before. We were living in a motel for a few months and she had very little space to play and the McDonalds was the only place within walking distance that she could play at. As long as it not crowded with other "paying" customers. I usually would buy a drink and sit while DD played and either read a book or crochet.

Katherine - posted on 06/01/2011

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As long as you're having fun! Except McDonald's I limit it to about an hour.

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When I was working at McDonlads... we really didn't care. As long as you left when we closed it at 8pm and didn't make a huge mess.

As a parent, honestly I'd let mine play as long as she liked unless it was super crowded. The ones around here often are, since so many of places closed their play areas.

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We stay until my son or I want to leave. My sanity can only handle 15 minutes or so if I'm alone, but add a couple of girlfriends to chat with, and we can chat away an entire morning!

If it is super crowded and there are people looking for tables, then I would watch the time, but if there is hardly anyone there (which is the case most of the time around here, unless you go right at lunch time), I stay as long as we like.

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