I'm hopeful for a nice week so we can enjoy some parks!  Burgess-Kimball in Milton is getting some new equipment which should be ready for action this week.  In the event of rain, I wanted to repost my review of Tumbling Tykes from last May.  Admission is still $7 for kids over 1 and they also have an outdoor playground included in admission.  Their hours for some reason change every day and are: Monday 10-4, Tuesday 9:30-4:30, Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 9:30-4, Friday 9:30-3, Saturday 9:30-12 and Sunday 10-12.  I doubt anyone that works at TT can even remember what their hours are! 
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I've been very curious about Tumbling Tykes a long time and finally decided to go.  It's located in Latham on Route 7, about two miles down from where Babies R Us is.  The address is 1050 Troy-Schenectady Road and it's pretty easy to find.  From Malta it took me about 25 minutes.  Admission into the play area is $7 per child, over the age of one.  They offer memberships too, which turn out to be a good deal if you're planning on going frequently.  Annual memberships are $175/one child, $225 for a family.  A mid-level commitment would be to purchase a 10 visit pass for $60.  I opted for the day pass. 

If you've been to Tiny Tots Tearoom, Tykes is pretty similar in terms of the 'playground' gear.  Tykes is basically a large room with tons of climb on toys, ride on toys, play houses, tunnels, ball pit, trampolines, etc.  Adults and kids have to take their shoes off before entering the playground and also use hand sanitizer, which I think is a positive.  Definitely remember to wear socks or they will ask you to purchase a pair.  There were a few areas for parents to sit and watch the kids play, but you really have to stay in the playground area with your child the whole time, unlike the TT Tearoom where you can watch from afar.  Robby had a great time at Tykes, and really that's what matters the most to me.  I thought it was very nice, but not a place I would add to our regular activity roster, mainly because of the distance, partly because there's a lot of other great places!   They offer some snacks to purchase, but it's much easier to bring your own food and eat there, which they definitely allow for.  Would I go back?  Yes, but I don't have anything on the calendar yet.

 


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