Even at free, it almost wasn't worth the money. Let's start at the beginning.
Parking is on the 4th and 5th floors ONLY of a shared parking garage and it is fairly expensive. At least there is good air circulation and working elevators.
First thoughts were not impressive. The building was pretty bland but clearly marked. I didn't see these fountains that they show in the picture above. We enter the building and things began to look up a bit.
The girls (and I mean not too far past barely old enough to work legally) behind the counter could not have been LESS interested in what they were doing. The one that wasn't helping us didn't even bother to stop texting when we walked up so we went to the other one. We gave her the tickets and she put the "child ownership" bracelets around my wife and my wrists.
The first floor had an elevated lazy river that kids could splash around in. There were several little stations that kids could do various little tasks, but nothing really fun. The kids were more about splashing than anything else. They could put together pieces to make a little sailboat that could go down a straight section or they could roll a ball over a track that went above the water. My 5-year old lost interest in each of these "stations" in less than 30 seconds. Most didn't get a second glance.
On to the second floor. This floor had a suspended climbing feature (for a lack of a better word) that was supposed to simulate water falling from clouds or something. It was a big jungle gym that kids could play in by going up and down the little landings. The remainder of the 2nd floor was really not all that neat. Kids could pretend to be a fireman in one little section or dance in another section and see themselves on TV. A major supermarket chain has a little area setup to look like one of their stores that kids can pretend to be grocery shopping in. Most of the electrical and plumbing learning areas were so overused that the majority of the displays didn't work.
Most of the adults in this area were just there to let their children run wild without any supervision. A herd of women took over the only seating in the main area of the 2nd floor and were prattling on while their kids went through the interaction zones like little tornadoes.
After 1.5 hours of letting my son run around and try to interact with the other children, we'd all had enough. He didn't even put up a fight and we left. We stopped by the gift shop on the way out for a couple of sodas and a bottle of water for the little guy. $9.50!!! For 2 sodas and 1 water. WOW! Nothing like the last minute gouge of parents before they leave!
I hope that my $10 was worth it, that'll be the LAST $10 they get from me! I only gave it the 2nd star because my son was entertained A LITTLE BIT for an hour. We'd have been better off in a public park with a playground!
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