This post was most recently updated on April 29th, 2019
I broke my cardinal rule.
My 2 and 4 year olds needed to get out of the house when I had them by myself on a rainy Saturday. I wanted it to be cheap and to time it with lunch. The arches restaurant in town had just been given a new facelift, with a brand new play area. I haven’t stepped foot in one in many years, and never with my kids. I compromised.
So that’s why it’s OK to Fast Food.
It just so happens I’m doing a case study analysis for my MBA class, and it it was regarding a firm that gets those cheap plastic Hollywood promotions peddled as free kids toys in fast food kids meals. The pressure from health advocacy groups is changing the game, and if the firm doesn’t adapt, it will become obsolete.
Parents hate the marketing to their children. And they hate the unhealthy food choices. But both are getting better. Many fast food places have dropped the kids meal or changed the freebie. Chik-fil-A gave some lunchbox notes in a cute tin. Wendy’s, in the couple of times we’ve been there, offers art and crafts and games.
For my 4 year old, having gone with daycare in the past, was very agreeable when I offered up MacDo for lunch. All he cared about was how big this play area was. I did get them a happy meal to share, with apples and yogurt options. I took the tiny fries for myself and they didn’t even care. They just wanted to go up and down the slide 75 times.
It’s not the end of the world if we go once in a while to let off some steam. We have a great Organic quick service restaurant here that has a kids corner with trains and blocks. I just with more QSR would do this! The healthier fast casuals like Panera or Chipotle…
So I feel like writing that the firm is heading out of a job, but I have to think of a real world solution…
For busy, working, studying moms, it might be better to be prepared so you don’t have to settle for a less-than-desirable option next time.
These 4 Fun Fall Activities to Take your Kids were perfect this month.
As winter approaches, and my kids are now old enough, I’m going to create a list of local indoor play areas to check out. They may cost a few dollars, but we can eat lunch at home.
Do you have community centers, malls, or other adventure places you can go?
I like this Twin Cities Guide to Indoor Play Areas