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Lil Cups & Grownups

I love playing with my kids, but sometimes I just need a break. I don't mean a break away from my kids, just a break away from bending down, playing pretend, fitting in toys & accessories not made for an adult and, in general, just a break from playing.

I could take my kids to a park, but I'm a concerned, worrying mom who looks at everyone walking, running and driving past the park. What are they doing here without children ? Are they looking at my kid? Will I be the next frightened mother on the news asking people if they've seen my stolen child.

I also look around the park and ask myself, where will my child get injured? Which apparatus will my child toss himself off? What disgusting thing will my child pick up? To where will my child run off? Will I be the next frightened mother on the news asking if you've seen my lost child?

That's why my kids and I love coming to Lil Cups & Grownups in Vancouver, WA. It's indoors, so we can play any time of the year without fear of getting rained on or sunburnt.  It's also a fairly secured and clesn (more so than my house) play area surrounded by half walls and baby gates - easy to safely enclose children who aren't training to be future spies and increase their breaking and entering skills like my kids.

The best part of it all is that they serve coffee and food. I've become well-known for my 20oz triple shot americano that is highly needed to maintain my energy levels needed to parent. They have kid-friendly, healthy food ranging from chicken nuggets to a hummus plate, as well as mom-friendly food of sandwiches and salad.

I am able to sit outside of the play area and easily monitor my children while checking email, making phone calls, or catching up with work. And, I don't sacrifice my peace of mind because I know my kids are safe while playing on the toddler-friendly slides and play house or train set or in the infant-friendly area.

My sanity is truly saved by a weekly visit to Lil Cups & Grownups...that's something I can support!

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