One of our favorite places to go for a quick weeknight dinner is Chick-fil-a. It’s right down the road from where Serophina takes Karate, so we often end up there after class. It’s great because we like the food and they have a play area that the girls love to play in.
When this particular Chick-fil-a opened up in our town about two years ago I was not at all hesitant to let Serophina play in the play area. It was brand new, therefore clean and free of the usual grossness that lurks on every surface of a fast food playground.
I’ve never let Serophina play on a fast food playground otherwise. I think they smell weird and there are always a few grubby kids with snotty noses that make you want to sit as far away as possible. But when Chick-fil-a opened I was excited to have a place to let her play indoors and since it was new and nice I had no problem with it.
Well now I’m afraid that our go-to-playground is off limits. One day I had to go half way up the climbing apparatus to rescue Saioa and I was horrified at what it looked like in there. It smelled of dirty feet and was sticky and there was dried ketchup and it was just plain gross!
Now I’m in a pickle because my kids couldn’t imagine going to Chick-fil-a and not going into the playground. Am I overreacting about this or should I just look the other way and let them play in what I consider an icky play area?
How do you feel about play areas in fast food restaurants?