And I have 96 total photos and video to prove it!
No - I will not post all of them - so don't beg :)
I had heard about this indoor sensory playground last month, but we had no way of getting there because it is too far away. Now that we have a car, we have a lot more options. Yes, in case you hadn't heard, wonderful Paige and my wonderful mother in law Mimi drove 2100 miles across the country and brought us our car. They drove through the devastation in Alabama and said it was heartbreaking.
Anyway, since Tuesday is one of our free days, we decided to head out for a sensory play day! This center was built buy a father who had a daughter with Autism. She had many types of therapies but none of them were enough. He wanted a place for her and others like her to get the sensory input they needed while having fun. He succeeded!
I loved this place because it had so many of the things that my kids need. Most everything the kids did today were things that Brain Balance would suggest. SENSORY MOTOR! When we go to the park, it has some fun things, but the kids don't stay engaged for really long periods of time and it can get hot. However, we were here for 3 hours today and the kids still didn't want to leave!
This is what they had:
- Zip Line
- Climbing Wall
- Mini Trampolines
- Monkey Bars
- Climbing Rope
- Swinging Rings
- Ball Pits
- Rope Ladders
- Exercise Mats
- Bikes with and without Training Wheels
- Balance Beams
- And Much More!
- And More!
He didn't find the toy room for quite some time so it was wonderful! But once he did, we let him spend a little time there but then we had to continually keep bringing him back out to the sensory motor area. Brody loved playing Legos in there as well but we had to limit his time too. I let him finish building his Battle Droid City (pictured below) but then that was it. Most kids on the spectrum prefer more sedentary activities (even though they can be hyperactive) usually because their core muscles are weak and they have low endurance. But not for long! After going to this place once a week (wish we could go everyday and so do the kids!) plus Brain Balance, plus all of the home exercises we do, these kids are going to have superhero strength! :)
Please enjoy the photos and videos. These are the best of the 96!
|Wyatt LOVED playing in the balls! He loved to bury himself in them, play in them, jump in them, etc. He was SO happy!|
|Haze climbing through the rope tunnel. Note: Paige is the one that let her out of the house in Halloween striped leggings and an Ariel shirt that didn't match at all. ;)|
|Brody getting ready for the Zip line! This was probably everyone's favorite thing. It is so fun! I loved that they had to climb up the rock wall first and then they have to pull the handle back after - all good exercise!|
|Wyatt getting ready for the Zip line. He LOVED it! He loved to ride it and he LOVED to watch others ride it. He watches them ride it and fall in the balls and then he laughs so hard. It makes me so happy to see and hear his pure joy :)|
|Haze in the swing. There were about 10 different swings but both Hazel and Wyatt wanted to swing in this one. Grandpa Cliff has one like it at his house and I know it brings back good memories to them :)|
|The finished product!|
|Haze on the trampoline. It took me 10 minutes to get her to stop jumping long enough for a picture.|
|Haze on one of the swings. It took me 10 minutes to get her to stop swinging long enough for a picture.|
|Sports Room. Basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.|
|Climbing Wall and swinging rings.|
|Trampolines - as if you couldn't tell :)|
|Bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc. The black track is the bike path the kids can ride around on.|
|The Toy room. Hazel had a blast in here. The boys would have stayed in there all day if I let them. (okay, maybe not all day, but a lot longer than I let them)|
|In the front they have a little store with sensory toys, weighted vests and blankets, books, etc. Look! There is Dr. Melillo's Book Disconnected Kids ! I have a whole post planned about this book, but for now I will say that I would suggest every parent read it. It is so amazing and informational and not just for parents with affected kids. I believe all of us have some degree of imbalance in our lives and we can all benefit from this book. It also has checklists that you can use to identify if your child has an imbalance as well as some home programming that can help you treat your child at home if you are not near a Brain Balance Center|
|The art room. The kids painted, glued, colored, etc. Not for long, but long enough!|
P.S. Thanks for all of your nice emails and encouraging comments. It really does keep us going here! If you would like more information or have any questions/comments - feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shhh..... Paige always proof reads my posts for me and she just read it. She thinks that it is over, but it's not. Tee hee :)
Paige loved the zip line too - so much that the kids barely got a turn! (okay, she only did it twice, but still...) Here is the video that could get me a punch in the nose tomorrow :)