Today I feel like I did the ultimate parent cheat and it was so yucky! I took the boys to PlayDate Seattle, a giant indoor play center with climbing equipment, slides, and food - even wifi, coffee, wine and beer for parents. The place was teaming with dad's slugging beer watching football games, kids screaming and running around on the play equipment (surely swapping germs as they went), and moms chirping with high voices "high sweetheart" while they turned their heads when their little one threw a kid down the slide and clapped when their kid followed directions and shared and "played nice." All in, not impressed and not coming back.
Two moms were standing at the bottom of a fast slide watching for thier 3 year old tots. While watching, a group of 5-6 year old boys started wrestling on the floor - one boy locked another in a chokehold and the moms did nothing. The boys were 6in from their feet. I jumped up and asked "are you OK" to the chokeheld kid and he immediately started crying and ran away. Not cool.
A group of three moms brought their kids to play. The moms got food and wine and sat to chat while the kids ran around wild ignoring the rules and the other kids around them.
A pair of dirty girl's underpants were found at the bottom of one of the slides and no-one seemed to do a thing.
All in, so gross, terrible, not cool. I'm disappointed in myself for taking an easy route and bringing the kids to play at this indoor circus, and moreover I'm bummed there are so many checked out parents. Boo.