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Why Every Home – And Wedding Venue! – Needs a Panda Playground
When Jai and I got married during the eclipse on August 21st, we had five children in our bridal party aged between 1.5 and 10 years old. Their parents all expressed slight nervousness at how their little ones would react to walking down the aisle, so Jai and I made sure to reiterate that we had no expectations – I wouldn’t ask a baby to be my flower girl and expect that everything would go exactly on cue. If one of the kids had a meltdown and couldn’t do it, it wouldn’t ruin anything for us, because we were realistic and just happy to have all our loved ones there with us even if it wasn’t “Perfect”! But you want to know what’s funny? It was perfect! Every single child in our bridal party were so beautifully behaved during the ceremony – they hit their marks like pros and were the most adorable thing ever!
Do you want to know my secret for having happy kids at a wedding? Playtime! By great fortune, the church where we had our outdoor wedding had a playground next to the ceremony site, located right behind the building we got ready in. The bridal party walked out of the building, stood by the playground to wait for their cue, and stepped out directly onto the grassy aisle. Because of this convenient location, the kids were able to run around and play right up until the instant they walked down the aisle – Miles, the Ring Bearer, was going down a slide holding the ring pillow! Having a playground at my wedding not only entertained the children through the entire day, but also created the kind of joyful and relaxed atmosphere that was exactly what we dreamed of for our wedding.
Being able to have fun ensured that each child was happy and excited when they walked down the aisle instead of bored senseless. Any nervous energy got burned off as they ran around and played on the swings, climbed around, and went down the slide. We all know that entertained kids are happy kids, and when a child is restless, you get into meltdown territory quickly. You don’t certainly don’t need to go to a wedding for a child to get bored and whiny! Unfortunately, not everyone lives close to a fun playground – or has the time to take their child to visit one. And although outdoor play areas are fun in scenarios like my summer wedding, bad weather can eliminate them as an option altogether. Here in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll get rained out half the time, and other parts of the country will soon be dealing with suffocating heat that is too extreme for outdoor play. So how do you keep kids active when they’re cooped up inside? Well, my friends, you get a Panda Playground!
The Panda Playground is an indoor jungle gym designed for home use. Created by EZPlay Jungle Gyms, the Panda Playground is the ultimate in fun for kids aged 1 to 4 years old. Made from splinter-free Ash wood, this indoor playground comes with a swing, slide, wooden and rope ladders to climb, and gymnastic rings. If you’re thinking, “My tiny apartment doesn’t have space for that”, think again: The Panda Playground folds up in minutes, meaning that you can easily flatten it to store out of the way whenever it’s not in use! Oh, how I wish this had existed when I was a little kid!!
Depending on your home’s aesthetics, you can either opt for a natural finish like the one shown above, or go for the multicolor model featuring non-toxic water paints that are as colorful and fun as my flower girl dresses! Take a look at how these handcrafted playgrounds are made:
And if your children are older, then you’ll want to check out the Koala Adventure indoor playground coming soon for children aged 4-10. It’s currently available for pre-order through June, and if you reserve your Koala Adventure now, you’ll receive an additional $150 off the price!
Take it from me: If a little playground time can keep children smiling during a chaotic 9AM wedding ceremony coinciding with a solar eclipse, then it can absolutely stave off everyday summer doldrums and keep everyone in the family happy!
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