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Are Indoor Playgrounds Suitable for Toddlers

If you’re a parent of a toddler, chances are that you are familiar with just how much energy they can have and what it takes for them to expend that energy. And that is a good thing. They are at an age when they explore the world for the very first time and they need to have the energy to try a lot of things (and fail at a lot of them).

One of the greatest ways to do so in a safe way is by going to an indoor playground. However, there are always those who are skeptical about such establishments and feel like those are not suitable for such young children.

That being said, if the playground is certified by the local authorities, that means that it complies with all of the safety rules, and more importantly has a lot to offer to children of all ages, and especially toddlers. We discussed the topic of toddler safety with the experienced crew at Uptown Jungle North Las Vegas.

Safety First

In order to be certified for children, indoor playgrounds need to pass some extensive and rigorous tests and prove that they are safe for children. That means ensuring no sharp edges, no exposed electrical sockets and padded floors in case a child falls.

The toys and equipment, too, need to be inspected and adapted to children. For toddler areas, that means largely making things of plastic and foam as those materials are less likely to cause harm to children.

More importantly, however, children are always supervised by trained staff who can help your children not only have fun, but do so in a safe manner.

Play Is Not Just Play

Even if it looks like your child is just playing, most activities in an indoor playground are designed to stimulate development of your child. Whether it is playing with colorful bricks which promotes fine motor skills, or climbing the monkey bars which promotes healthy muscle and joint development, your child will have loads of fun while learning important skills and honing their abilities.

It has been proven time and time again that children learn best through play and in groups with other children their age. Improving their physical health and motor skills while also improving their social skills under the supervision of the staff is certainly a good reason why indoor playgrounds are a good place to bring your child.

Physical Health Boost

Physical activity has been directly correlated with better health, not just in adults, but also in children. Even though it may not seem like it for toddlers, their overall health will likely depend on the habits they adopt at this early age.

Moderate physical activity, such as jumping, running, and climbing bolster proper bodily development, both in terms of muscle growth and in regulating inner systems, such as breathing and heart rate.

General Happiness

More important than either of the above-mentioned factors is how your child feels. After all, you are doing all of this research for them – to ensure that they are happy and safe. And if you look at your child at play in an indoor playground, chances are that you will find them smiling and truly enjoying themselves.

Happiness is difficult to define and can be tricky to gauge, but when you look at a toddler on a trampoline, that is one of the rare instances where the feeling is unmistakable.

As a parent, you want what is best for your children. Therefore, the apprehension towards indoor playgrounds is justified if you don’t know enough about the subject. However, after reading this article, and possibly a few more, hopefully, you’ve learned about the benefits of indoor playgrounds for your children.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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