Badlands is an enormous play area based on Badlands National Park with “boulders” of all sizes for kids to climb, crawl through, and slide down. The centerpiece is a giant mountain which many toddlers can climb without help. There is also a big climber, a grove of trees to run through, and a couple of open spaces kids are free to run around in. Some kids at toddler time climb and slide until the tire themselves out. There are also other rooms for kids to explore, including a Lego room and a room with soft blocks for toddlers. There is also a hands-on room with tons of opportunities for kids to explore, including a hammering station with a real hammer and nails, an art station, sensory areas, a light table, and more.
If kids who would like to do a little more, Toddler Time also features circle time, storytime, crafts, music, a dance party, and more. My son choose to participate in every activity. He loved hitting a giant ball with drum sticks, painting with shaving cream and paint, dancing, and climbing to his heart’s content.
Toddler Time runs for four hours and toddlers are free to stay for all or just a part of the day. We stayed the entire time and could have stayed longer! As soon as we let my toddler wanted to know when we could go back.
Good to know:
- Toddler Time is held from Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 – 2:00.
- Bring your own lunch or buy lunch (as well as breakfast, coffee, and snacks) on-site.
- There is plenty of free parking.
- Tickets are $20.00 per child and $5.00 per adult. A variety of memberships are available.
- Space can be reserved in advance here.
- Toddler Time is appropriate for any age up to five. During our visit there were kids ranging from crawlers to older toddlers.
Use code “ourkids2019” for 20% off general admission visits now through April 12th, 2019!
By: Jamie Davis Smith