Today it’s freaking COLD outside and as any parent will tell you, cold days suck. Because your kids are bored and you can only do so many jigsaw puzzles and watch so many episodes of Sponge Bob before you ALL want to stab yourselves in the face. So you have to find stuff to do indoors. In our case, this usually involves the mall.
Yes, I said MALL. Lakeline Mall, to be specific. It’s our go-to place for days that, for whatever reason, can’t be spent outside. Some of my very favorite days of all time have been spent at Lakeline with Sam, and many of those days we’ve walked out happy, without buying a single thing.
Sound weird? Yeah, maybe it is. But Lakeline isn’t your typical mall. It’s not centered around stores — well, okay, that’s a lie, it IS a MALL, after all — but along the wide walkways you can find more than just retail. You can also find tons of activities to keep your kids occupied and entertained. Of course it’s got your obligatory, half-assed playhouse, which honestly isn’t that much to write home about — but it’s also got a full-sized carousel ($2 per ride), a whole bevy of quarter rides (which are actually 3 quarters per ride, but who’s counting?) and one of those strap-in-trampoline things, the kind of thing that makes ME want to throw up but the kid absolutely LOVES.
The Disney store sometimes puts on events, like the Phineas and Ferb episode viewing my friend Jen and I took our kids to last summer (complete with guided construction of a Perry the Platypus “Inaction figure”) — and the mall often runs kids’ events like the upcoming Pirate Adventure and the Kiddie train, which has been running every few half-hour or so since the holidays. There’s also Inflatable Wonderland – your typical jump-jump place that’s horribly overpriced but also safe and air-conditioned and keeps the kids happy for a couple of hours.
Just a few weeks ago, Sam and I spent an entire Saturday at Lakeline, just the two of us. We started out with a quick run through the play house and a $2 ride on the carousel. Then he strapped in and did a few flips on the trampoline before we headed over to Dillard’s to try on silly hats. After that we dropped about $5 on the quarter rides and made some funny faces in the photo booth before catching the 3:00 show of Tangled at the theater.
What I’m trying to say is, if you’re stuck indoors but want to spend an unplanned day of fun, you could do worse than Lakeline. (Shoe-shopping trip through Macy’s totally optional.)