A weekday morning walk through the fairly empty corridors of Syracuse’s mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA on Tuesday revealed one bustling hallway.
Strollers were parked around the outside of the square. Some parents kneeled on a carpet in the center; others talked to each other while standing on alert in the outer ring.
And children milled about. Those old enough to toddle toddled. Those still relying on the crawl as the primary means of locomotion crawled. There were coloring books and small games sprinkled about, if they wished to partake.
I stopped and watched for a moment.
An organized play date at the mall, or merely a group of parents who decided this is a good spot to let the little ones do their thing?
The former, I discovered, as a woman in control told them all that they’d meet again next week, same spot, same time.
I asked a man behind a stroller what was up.
The store Pottery Barn for Kids had started the event, he told me. But this was the last week of their sponsorship, he said. Yet the woman in charge, Erica, had decided to continue the play group on her own.
Wow, I thought as I continued my walk.
Life sure has come a long way from the days when it was every little kid for her or himself.
Have you ever brought your child to an organized play date? Would you like your mall to have events like this?