So..fast food stores already suck parents and kids in with their cheap toys and junk food. Now they offer play spaces-basically padded jungle gyms with crawling and climbing tubes, ball chambers and slides. That is all well and good, but do the operators of these establishments EVER clean them? I don't think so. Under severe pressure from my six year old we went to a Burger King today to have lunch. After eating, I told him he could play there for a while. We walked into this enclosure and immediately I was hit with the smell of what could only be described as a high school locker room! He took off his shoes and started crawling around and having a great time.
Then, to make matters worse, in came a whole bunch of kids, clearly over the 4 foot height limit and, without removing their shoes, they starting playing in the space too. There were 20 lb. 2-year-olds in an enclosed, small space with 100 lb. 12 year olds and no other adult, but me, in sight! I told the larger kids they were too big to be in there and should, at least, remove their shoes. I was ignored. I voiced my objections to their mother who ignored me as well.
I then voiced my objections to the manager and emphasized that if he refused to enforce the clearly posted rules that he'll be socked with a law suit one day. I think that got his attention because he then made all the big kids leave. I then asked him how often the place was cleaned and sanitized. He countered with a blank stare.
Needless to say, we will not be returning to the BK or any other play space. I am writing to my local health department, Dept. of consumer affairs and any other agency I can think of to insist on regulations regarding the cleanliness and safety issues of these play areas. I hope other parents will do the same or at least stear their kids away from them.