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Does Your Toddler Need a Place to Play Indoors?

Indoor Play for Your Toddler Just Got Easy

“It’s gonna be a cold one today, folks!” It's a statement that every mom dreads hearing from the weather channel, especially those moms with one or more toddlers running around the house who need to get their wiggles out. But there is another option besides staying cooped up in the house with all your kids. You can just load everyone up in the car and bring them to Ohio’s largest indoor playground, Run Jump-n-Play! They have something for every age. In fact, toddlers have their own specially designed interactive “Toddler Zone” that was created with these little wonders in mind.

Interactive Play

Interactive and physical play is imperative for toddlers. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, active play can be hard to facilitate in a living room. Thankfully, the interactive “Toddler Zone” at Run Jump-n-Play allows kids to burn some serious energy and it also assists in developing gross and fine motor skills! Especially when you meet another family or friends in the Toddler Zone, your little ones get the opportunity to work on their social and cognitive development. Some sensory exploration tools in the Toddler Zone include a large piano that creates beautiful sounds when a child’s feet jump on it and a giant, gently spinning rocket ship that transports your toddler directly to space. There's also a display educational manipulatives lined up against the wall. From a toddler’s point of view there's an endless array of interactive ways to explore! The best part is that you as a parent can feel safe knowing that your children can crawl and explore the surroundings without fear of germs as no shoes are allowed in the Toddler Zone and the equipment is regularly washed and maintained by our diligent staff.

 

The need for interactive, physical play is heightened even more by the knowledge that 75% of a child’s brain development occurs after they are born, according to the Child Development Institute? it's critical that toddlers and young children be given opportunities which will allow their brains to grow and develop. Physical play does just that, especially when done in an unfamiliar environment that is outside the home. When a toddler explores the interactive Toddler Zone, they turn into miniature scientists, experimenting with different shapes, sounds and objects.  All the while, their brains are taking in the surroundings and building nerve connections to promote learning and critical thinking skills. They can climb, jump, run, imagine, and explore for hours.  

 

Help Your Toddler Build Confidence

There aren't only physical and intellectual benefits of play for children to experience.  Research shows that allowing toddlers to freely play and explore builds a healthy level of confidence and perseverance. Letting them jump up on a block, and maybe fall down, gives them the chance to develop the skills to adequately handle a setback and try again.  Learning that failure is a normal part of life, and developing the skills to keep going, is essential to child development.  Doing so in a safe, and clean, environment allows the parent to sit back and watch the magic happen.

 

Linguistic confidence can be built in casual social settings with other children, too. A wide spectrum of language development can exist in the toddler age group: some 18-month olds can speak complete sentences while some 2 year olds are only saying a few words. Every child develops at their own pace, but bringing your toddler to the Toddler Zone enables them to practice communication skills at whatever current level they are at.  Research suggests that interactive play with other children allows those toddlers who are not quite communicating effectively yet to develop their ability as they watch their opinions and emotions be recognized by others.  On the other hand, toddlers who are already communicating verbally on a regular basis can heighten their skills by teaching, sharing, playing and working with children of all ages.

 

One hidden benefit Run Jump-n-Play offers is extra eyes and ears. Depending on the ages of your child, you have the ability to sit and enjoy a refreshment while searching the Web, as there is complimentary Wi-Fi available. Additionally, our automatic doors require the handicapped button to be pressed as you exit the building. This added layer of security gives an extra level of safety for children. If a toddler runs outside of your view for a split second, they can’t easily exit the building without alerting the front desk and the employees stationed there. There are also waist-high walls surrounding the front to make it even more challenging for a child to get to the main door by themselves. We've got your back!

 

Best Birthday Parties in Cincinnati!

Run Jump-n-Play's facilities aren't only perfect for a family trip on a cold day. You may be interested in booking a birthday party specifically geared towards younger kids who are a tad too small for our giant inflatables. We're now offering birthday party packages for toddlers that give you 75 minutes of playtime in the giant indoor playground and Toddler Zone. The indoor playground is a dream for kids. Not only does it have several Rainbow playsets with swings, slides, tunnels, ladders, tire-swings and monkey bars, but it also has two giant trampolines that are completely safe and enclosed. There is also a basketball court with several hoops set up. Your kids can have free roam of both the playground and Toddler Zone during these 75 minutes and will be nearly out of breath when they are done running and playing! After using up some energy, you'll be given a personal party room, complete with a giant inflatable throne for the birthday kid to sit on while everyone celebrates the big day! Pizza and drinks are available as part of a package, as well, to make it a stress-free party for the host.

 

Don’t miss out on this awesome indoor playground! Your kids are sure to have a blast which translates to an easier day for Mom or Dad. Whether it's a day off school due to snow, rain with no end in sight, or you just want to sit down and relax while the kids have fun, Run Jump-n-Play is the place to go!

 

Further Reading

https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/nutrition-fitness/physical-activity/physical-activity-how-much

https://cdikids.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/The-Power-of-Play.pdf