"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Sunday, August 12, 2007


Last week we ventured to Lawrence, MA with some friends for another indoor playspace experience. This has been our favorite so far. I was a little concerned about losing Caden in the 12,000 sq.ft they offer so I dressed everyone in identical shirts in the highly-likely chance he would disappear and I could drag the other two around with me yelling ,"I lost my one year old! He looks just like this!" (Yes, I'm a closet paranoid-spaz.)

Fortunately, there was no need for such drama and we enjoyed many hours of play.

(Caden loved walking up and down this ramp that led to the snack bar.)

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