It’s a rainy day and our active family cannot be cooped up at home for long or we start to get crabby. So we tried a bowling alley in Allen Park, MI.
A friend had pointed us in their direction because it is small, clean and family owned and operated, my kind of place.
For less than $5 our toddler got shoes, a ball he could lift (6 pounds) and an open lane. The staff gave us an apparatus that is used by bowlers in a wheelchair but it worked perfect for our two year old. They raised the “bumpers” on the lane so no matter how B threw the bowling ball, it would make it down the lane.
After a few rolls, B wanted to try to throw it down the lane like Daddy does. Now, Daddy has two 300 rings from league play, so, I think it’s safe to say, we’d all like to throw the ball like him, but regardless, B was done with the handicap ramp. He rolled the ball as hard as could down the lane and it literally took so long to get to the pubs the roll didn’t even register! Too funny! It was about as fun as watching paint dry but B got his silly’s out and we all had a few laughs.
We played two games and B was beyond done. It took about an hour to complete the two games. Then we went into the “game room”. B doesn’t have the skills or interest to really play, so we saved our quarters but he had about another twenty minted of fun just clicking buttons and touching all if the games with their blinking lights.
We are potty training B now, so the bathroom is a really big deal when we go somewhere. When it was “time”, B was able to relieve himself with daddy in a clean bathroom, always a positive. No kiddy potty or step stool at the sink but, we still rated it high. There was also a changing table for the needs of tiny ones.
Westland Splash Pad
Closest cross street: Ford Rd. & Venoy
Free family splash fun all summer long!
Restroom: Port-a-potty only (eek!)
Play: Great playscape for little ones (2-4) and a GIANT playscape for the older kiddos.
Picnic tables are sparsely scattered but I would recommend bringing a picnic blanket and possibly a beach umbrella or tent for shade. Lots of open green space and thick mulch under the play structures but not many trees.
BONUS: We found a festival in full swing quite by accident on Wednesday July 3rd. It had carnival rides, a petting farm, pony rides and fried food. Uniquely it had exotic animals to get photos with. A capuchin monkey even had his own little show. There was a stage set up for music acts to jam through the night. FREE to enter, rides and everything else were all separate fees.
Ahhh, there’s nothing better than the feeling of the wind in your hair when the rubber meets the road, especially in these cool trikes!
Elizabeth Park, Trenton, MI
closest main corner: West Rd. & Jefferson
We took our bikes and trikes for a lovely loop around the park (approx. 1/2 mile) then played for over an hour on their handicap accessible play structure. B and his friends (ages 2-4) were able to safely manage the climbing and sliding leaving the adults to enjoy the day on the nearby shaded picnic tables. Delightful!
Restroom: Inside the main new brick structure at the crest of the loop. Clean with baby changing table.
Extras: Beautiful water views, lots of photo opportunities. Mature shade trees. Mulched hiking path through the center with a woodsy feel.
*bring food for the ducks and geese
*skateboards welcome inside the skate park