January 7, 2013

MN Tot Spots - Eagle's Nest

I always talk about Eagle's Nest, I know. It's simply because Noelle loves this place. It's one of the only guaranteed places that she will go and be comfortable right away, run and play, and not get anxiety over not standing next to me. She's been coming here since she was much younger and just starting to crawl. Now she can run and go on the "big kid" side too. 

For anyone who still hasn't come here, it's an indoor playground in the New Brighton Community Center that's pretty big and holds a huge play area for older kids and then a smaller area for toddlers. Kids under 1 are free and all kids over 1 are $5.50. This includes the open gym, if it's open. The open gym is one of my favorite things about Eagle's Nest, and luckily about 70% of the time we go there the open gym is in session. (The only times they aren't, is when another group is using the gym.) The open gym consists of huge cushion blocks for the kids, scooters, bouncing balls, a bouncy house, and toddler sized basketball hoops.

Although I get grossed out sometimes thinking about the germs that are spreading all over that place, I still love bringing Noelle there since for a 1 year old, it's rare that I can find a place that entertains her for 1-2 hours. The other perk of coming to Eagle's Nest is the New Brighton Library that is connected to the Community Center. Although it's a small library, I am vastly impressed with their children's DVD selection (they have hard to find Baby Einstein DVDs, tons and tons of infant as well as toddler educational; DVDs, etc.) and their children's area. For being a small library they have a really nice space for the kids to play and a magnetic board that Noelle loves.

Last week when Noelle, Evan, and I went to Eagle's Nest, we got lucky and came on a themed day. On themed days they have special activities going on. Our day was "Dinosaur Day" so they had a large table full of dinosaur coloring sheets and games to play, a man making ballon dinosaurs, and face painting. And it's still only $5.50.

Here are pictures from Dinosaur Day.

In the bouncy house!

Jumping around!

Noelle getting her face painted. For a spaz, she did amazing.

A heart - simple and cute. :)

"Paint it right here."

Being so patient and good!

Evan's snake!

Evan LOVES the jumpy house! He could probably just play in there for about an hour!

The toddler ball pit! Much less intimidating than the big kid ball pit!

Noelle pratically learned how to pull herself up on this toy, months ago.

Having a little snack.

We ended our day with a trip to the library. Love this place!

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