(I promise that this is the last post about our 3.5-day trip to Florida.)
But, while in Florida, we went to a place called Sugar Sand Park. Hadn't been there before and didn't know what to expect, but I liked the sound of it since it:
a) opened at 8:00am (not that I am a fan of being out of a comfy bed at 8:00am, but Zander is usually up by 7:00am, so it's nice to have someplace to go with him);
b) had a large, shaded playground area;
c) had a science "explorium;"
d) had a carousel; and
e) was free to enter.
The place did not disappoint. The first video is from one of the explorium rooms, where Z would turn a crank of sorts and the energy it generated would make a train move around the room. Zander could have stayed there all day. The second clip is of a section of the outdoor play area where water sporadically shoots out.
And here are some still photos of part of the massive playground. Children were able to go into the big head, including the mouth and teeth area. (Zander was afraid, so I went in with him. It smelled, um, unfortunate.) When we got home, Zander told Grandpa Mickey all about the park and said it included a "smelly, bite-y area." Couldn't have said it better myself.
All in all, if you're in the area (we were about 25 minutes away), worth the trip.