I want to follow up yesterday’s post about unstructured play by saying how totally awesome Going Bonkers is. For those who aren’t familiar with this type of place, it is a three-story indoor jungle gym. But not just a jungle gym. It’s a jungle gym, bounce house, swingset, slide all in one. A perfect place to go burn off some energy when it’s 100 degrees outside.
And it’s totally unstructured playtime. On this jungle gym, kids learn physical coordination (climbing through tiny holes from one level to the next), spatial relationships (it’s a maze to get through), memory (you have to learn the route to get to the place you want to go, because it’s always counterintuitive), turn taking (because everybody wants the slides and the swings), and the list goes on.
But there are some other, much simpler reasons to love this place.
1. It’s not very expensive, considering what you get.
2. It’s fun! The kids go bonkers over Going Bonkers, if you’ll pardon me.
3. I get to climb around in the jungle gym too!
4. Last but definitely not least–they wear themselves out, so they take VERY good naps afterwards!