Thursday, February 23, 2006

MarquE Offers Amusement for Kids 3+ Years

Today, Kylie and I went to the MarquE on I-10 and Silber to check out its activities beyond Jillian's. (See my earlier blog entry about Jillian's. It was a blast!) While there's not a lot for toddlers to do at the MarquE, there is some. Pump It Up has inflated structures that kids can play on indoors. This is great for a rainy day or one that is too cold or hot... the latter being more likely in Houston. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, Pump It Up has "Pop In Playtime" for the very young. It's similar to the mommy & me groups that many young families participate in. Kylie & I are hoping to join "Pop In Playtime" one day, so check back for our review or check it out yourselves. It costs $6/child and is held from 10 am to noon. Be sure to wear socks. Pump It Up is a great option for a birthday party, too.

The MarquE also has the Putting Edge, which is the indoor, glow in the dark putt-putt golf course & it's cool! I recommend it for kids age 3 and up. This is a good family activity. We went at about 5 pm on a weekday and it was not too crowded but families were enjoying themselves.

Another easy and inexpensive activity? Kylie & I soaked up the sunshine in the courtyard near the movie theater. Kylie liked looking at the large fountain, but she loved the small spherical fountains that she could touch. Since she's still under a year (barely!), I could hold her over the spherical fountains so she could put her hands in them without getting soaked. No need for a spare set of clothes. Thank you.

On a hot day, families can also grab a bite to eat at any of the restaurants at the MarquE & then treat yourselves to some ice cream. Yum! Overall, the MarquE gets a big thumbs up in my book. I just wish there was more to do with toddlers.

Until the next nap time...