Saturday, August 20, 2005

Weekend Blog 9 - Playscapes Rock

The weekend blog is off the main topics of networking, marketing, sales, PR and business development. It is just an opportunity to write about whatever crosses my mind.

Playscapes Rock

Those of you without children may not be able to relate to today's post....but anyone with a kid under the age of ten will understand this one.

I have noticed a new phenomenon that makes dining out with kids much more enjoyable for my wife and I (AND anyone who might be seated near us in a restaurant). More restaurants are popping up that have playscapes for the children.

It used to be just McDonald's and other fast-food chains that had play areas....but now there are family oriented establishments that include fun areas where the kids can go after eating half their order of chicken nuggets. Meanwhile, the parents can continue to sit and finish their meal ... while keeping a watchful eye on the little ones.

In my home town of Austin, Texas, a family dining establishment, Waterloo Ice House, has one location (and another currently under construction) with a great playscape, sandbox and plenty of grass on which to run around. The food is very good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and we actually get to finish our meals when dining out with our two children.

In addition, two local supermarkets, that have restaurants, also have play areas. Central Market (North) and the new Whole Foods Landmark Store are great places to meet other families for a nice meal. The kids can eat, then play, while the parents can share upscale food and adult conversation. (Whole Foods has the picnic area and playscape on the roof with live music on Friday and Saturday).

In today's minivan and SUV dominated world, I think more businesses should have kid friendly activities built in (Hyatt Hotels actually has "Camp Hyatt" at all of their properties) ...... but I know that would annoy the heck out of tons of other people. Let the comments begin!!!!

Have A Great Weekend.

Thom Singer

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