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Q&A with Kyndall Rothaus, Author of Preacher Breath

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It’s with great joy that I’m hosting this Q&A with my friend Kyndall (pronounced like Kindle. In fact, we call her Kindle Fire in our house.) Rothaus.  Kyndall is a preacher-poet. Ever met one? Me neither. Let me say this: everybody needs a preacher-poet in their life. Kyndall recently published a book all my preacher peeps have to read, and I asked her to do a Q&A for the blog to start getting the word out. 

TS: Kyndall, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and doing a Q&A about Preacher Breath. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time! Ok, how about I give you a question that sounds kind of artsy and awesome and gives you a wordy challenge. You are a poet, after all. Here goes. Give us your resume in 10 words: 

KR: pastor, poet, lover-of-words-and-nature, very solidly human

TS: Yup. That describes the Kyndall I know, at least. Ok, how about something juicy. Three pet peeves: 

KR: ?

TS: Seriously? No pet peeves to report? I assume those will be revealed in your second book. Moving on… Three hidden talents?

KR: I am an eighty percent free throw shooter, I can fit in small spaces, and I am almost always the coldest person in a room no matter how many layers I am wearing, which I find remarkably inexplicable.

TS:  How about three writers who influence your work?

KR: Hard to narrow it down to three! At the current moment, these three writers are near the top of the list: Anne Lamott, Richard Rohr, and Alice Walker.

TS: Ok, so the reason we’re all here. You just published a book! Tell us a little about your book, Preacher Breath

KR: Preacher Breath is a written reflection of my ongoing journey to live as a wholehearted person, to preach with sincerity and imagination, and to approach both Scripture and world with a sense of wonder and playfulness. The last two years of my life have been extremely difficult, but out of that dark place emerged this book—evidence to me of the light that dawns after long nights.

TS: Who is the target audience?

KR: I sorta see Preacher Breath being for anyone on the journey towards an authentic life, but of course I imagine it having a special appeal to preachers who are fed up trying to be perfect.

TS: Wait, I’m supposed to be trying to be perfect? Ha! I know what you mean. As a pastor, I found it to be so affirming and just… gentle. I love how yur book is organized around the human body. There are chapters like “Heart: Purpose in Preaching” and “Veins: Emotion in Preaching.” So clever and so true. How did you come up with that? Was there one chapter/part of the body that inspired all the others? 

KR: The chapter titles sort of just poured out of me. But I think the chapters happened that way because the connection of the body to the soul has been a significant aspect of my spiritual growth. I want a full-bodied faith, you know? It’s easier for me to stay stuck in my own mind, but I’m on a quest to let faith seep all the way down to my toes. A disembodied religion just doesn’t do justice to the miracle of the

preacher, poet, friend, Kyndall

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TS: The chapter that was the most interesting to me was “Skin: Vulnerability in Preaching.” With Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability, it seems to be a “hot topic.” For me, I always feel like I’m walking a thin line between some of the things you say (vulnerability is good for the congregation when tastefully expressed) and some of the other wisdom I’ve heard (namely that too much vulnerability or “falling apart” is unhealthy for the congregation.) How do you balance the two? How does a preacher know when she is being “tastefully” vulnerable, or just a wreck? 

KR: Well, the preacher rarely knows for certain when she is being tastefully vulnerable versus being a wreck. You have to make your best guess and go with it. I know my natural tendency is to be private and to hide, so if something is prompting me to be more honest and open, that prompting is probably exactly what I need to do. I don’t know how to balance it perfectly, but I do think it helps to pay attention to your motives. If you’re being “vulnerable” to get attention, to make people feel sorry for you, or to try and feel better, that may be a sign you are falling apart and expecting the congregation to fix you, which won’t work. If you’re self-disclosing your human struggle and feel scared to death what will happen when you do, chances are, you’re on the right track.

If you believe your troubles are worse than anyone else around you, and that by sharing them, you’ll get sympathy, this is not good. If you think by daring to expose what is most personal to you may in fact have the capacity to resonate with other hurting people, this is good. Very good. I think it means you’re getting it—that we are all having a hard time and that we are all connected.

Share in order to connect, not to get attention. But do share. If you want your people to stop hiding, you have to be willing to go first.

TS: Which chapter/passage of the book are you most proud of, and why? 

KR: Well, I feel proud of “Bones,” but it is hard to explain why—I’m not even sure I know myself. I can tell you I am most surprised by “Legs”—the last chapter of the book. It was the unexpected chapter that came to me after all the others were finished. I wrote about “authority in preaching,” which just shocked the socks off me as I was writing it, because I’m rather averse to the word authority. But as I wrote, I redefined the word, and I was startled to learn I rather liked my own definition.

TS: I rather liked it, too. In fact, I loved the whole thing and encourage everyone to get it. Get it from the publisher HERE or Amazon HERE. Keep up with Kyndall at KyndallRae.com

Thanks for stopping by, Kyndall and congratulations on Preacher Breath!

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Poetry as a Spiritual Practice for Moms (and everyone!)

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If I had a dollar for every time a mother said to me (about parenting) “make sure you enjoy it, because it goes by fast,”  well, I’d definitely not have to say to Clayton “Not today because mama doesn’t have any dollars in her purse” when he’s asking me to go on that train in the mall that doesn’t accept debit cards.

Moms love to talk about how quickly their children grow up. Even though mine are only 3 and 2, I am starting to understand it. I see little newborns and think “Oh! I loved those baby snuggles! I hope I appreciated them enough when I had them.”

As someone wiser than me once said “The days are long, but the years are short.”

Soon after moving to San Antonio, I met my friend Kyndall. She is a pastor, and a poet. I loved how many of her poems are autobiographical and narrative. They are like stories, but still poems. They inspired me to write poetry of my own, mostly about my kids.  I thought I would share a poem with all of you, along with my one and only tip for you to get started. Here’s my poem, Burdens  about Clayton learning to get dressed:

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Clayton, my three year old, is learning how to dress himself.

It’s a hoot!

Mismatched clothes aren’t the half of it

shirts on backwards (and upside down!)

out of season clothes worn proudly in public

the robot shirt every day of the week

— if he can get away with it

(and he usually can).

A few weeks ago he was struggling to get out of that robot t-shirt

grunting and straining

“Do you need help?” I asked.

“NO!”

“Okay.”

More struggling, more grunting

his arms all tangled up over his head

Finally…

“My arm is too heavy, Mama,”

So endearing, right?

My arm is too heavy. 

It’s like this three year old way of trying to say

I don’t know how this whole “getting dressed” thing works. 

Endearing, yes, but also heartbreaking, somehow.

my eyes welled up with tears at the sound of those words.

My arm is too heavy. 

I started to think of all of the burdens and struggles he’ll face throughout his life.

There are lots of times when your arms are too heavy, but that’s not the half of it

There will be times when it’s not his arms that are all twisted up and too heavy, but his spirit too

And his little heart.

I wanted to say “Sometimes my arms are too heavy, too.” 

But instead I smiled and said, “Here, let me help you.”

My one tip to writing your own poetry: don’t judge yourself. Don’t say to yourself “I can’t do it. I’m not a poet.” Sure you are. If it’s just for you, if it’s just to sit down and write out some things that you’re thinking about and feeling, you’re already a poet. Who knows what you will discover in the process.

On Friendship, Mentorship, and Kelly Allen for Moderator of the PCUSA

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Kelly Allen for Moderator

www.kellyformoderator.com 

OK, warning… this post might be boring if you are not Presbyterian (USA). I say might because it’s also a post mostly about friendship and what it means to be a good friend, which I think applies to everyone.

Every other year in the Presbyterian church we all get together and vote for someone to lead us. That person has a largely symbolic role. (sorry moderator candidates! It’s true!)  After all, the moderator doesn’t have much actual power. He or she can’t decree something or change the rules. Nevertheless, it’s a huge deal and what that person represents and says and does can make a lot of difference in the culture and climate of our denomination.

This week I saw the Presbyterian Outlook’s spread on the three moderator candidates and it sort of took my breath away to see the picture of my friend, colleague and mentor Kelly Allen smiling up at me. I’m so proud of her and excited about her candidacy. Though I’ve wanted to write a post about this for months, it almost feels overwhelming because there’s so much to say (hence the reason you should just read about the candidates for yourself on the article I just posted.)

There are a ton of things I could say about Kelly:  I could say she is a passionate advocate for society’s most vulnerable (it’s true). I could say she loves Jesus (true.) I could say she’s a bridge builder and a master dialogue-r (those things are true, but dialogue-r is not actually a word. Whatever.) I feel fortunate and confident that Kelly’s views on all kinds of matters in the PC(USA) align with the direction I think we need to be going, but I don’t really want to write a blog post about those things, because what took my breath away when I saw that picture smiling up at me was that this is a great friend, and mentor, and while that might not make a difference in the race for moderator, it makes a difference to me.

My first introduction to Kelly was shortly after I moved to San Antonio. She dropped by my office to welcome me to town. As in, she called me up, asked if she could come over, made an appointment and came over. That very simple fact speaks volumes. She didn’t say ‘Stop by, anytime!’ She didn’t say ‘my door is always open,’ she made the effort, and there was no real need to do that other than what I saw (and still see) as a genuine desire to be present for a new colleague At a time when we need to be reaching out to others, (and when isn’t there a time when we need to be reaching out to others) she shows what that means.

One of the things that Kelly said to me in that first meeting was this: “When I was first starting out in ministry, I had a lot of people helping me, and so if you ever need anything, I would be glad to listen and tell you what I know.” In the past two years, I’ve taken her up on that, many times. Without getting too sappy and boring and long winded, let me tell you some things that I’ve learned about Kelly as a friend and mentor that I have 100% confidence would translate over to her work as moderator:

1. She has time: I’m not going to read her impressive resume of all the impressive and fancy things she does, but she does them. Her church is big, it’s busy, it’s all of those things that people who run for moderator have. But I have never, not once, not even for a minute thought “I bet she doesn’t have time to help with my silly old problem.” I’m guessing she feels cramped for time, but I’ve never seen or felt it.

2. She’s collaborative: I’ve worked with Kelly in a number of settings and they have one thing in common: bringing people together. She makes introductions and lets people share their own gifts. She doesn’t hog the spotlight; she facilitates discussion.

3. She’s fair: Good friends and mentors don’t just listen to what you say and then rubber stamp it. They challenge you and say “I wonder if you’ve thought about that in this way.”

4. She doesn’t just regurgitate what she thinks she’s supposed to say: Kelly recently posted on her Facebook Page a long and interesting question about what it means to talk about a theological or political “spectrum.” One of the things she said was  

I am passionate about Jesus Christ being the center of my identity as a person of faith and committed to sharing this good news AND I am passionate about honoring the dignity and learning from the wisdom of people of other faiths. Does that make me a right wing evangelical or a left wing liberal or do those do just cancel each other out and put me in the muddled middle?

I love that because 1. It sounds just like the Kelly I know (asking brave and challenging questions that make a lot of sense) 2. After that she said “So help me come up with a metaphor that works. (see also: collaboration!) Love.

Ok, so what I really want to do is keep going and gushing and using words like awesome and amazing and “I want to be like her when I grow up” (true, true, and all true) but I don’t want to be like that person at a wedding that keeps yammering on at the speeches time (you know who I’m talking about). I’m sure that in the coming weeks there will be lots of endorsements and opinions coming out and running around and I wanted to put mine out now, before I start to censor it and wonder if I should write it at all. Because here’s the thing: she’s a good friend and a good mentor, and that matters. It would matter to me if I were voting in this election in Detroit this summer.  Good Luck, Kelly!

 

A Prayer for San Antonio Parents and Teachers in a Time of Fear

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One of the obvious things I do as a pastor is pray. I often feel that my prayers are insufficient or incomplete, but I feel called to continue to do it. I lift up, every day, the needs of my congregation and the concerns they lay before me. It is an honor and a privilege.

This week I’ve been praying for the parents in my congregation who have children in school. Though we always pray for our children, these parents have been especially troubled this week as threats have been made against their children’s safety. What are these threats? Are they a hoax? In this context what does a “hoax” even mean? Any threat against our children is to be taken seriously. Very seriously. And so, I do what I always do, I pray.

I wanted to put a prayer on this blog for parents to share with one another tonight and tomorrow, an encouragement to stand together and come to God with our hopes and fears and solidarity.  Fear is powerful, and when we are afraid we can always come to God in prayer. Let us all come together and light candles together, and pray.

A Prayer for Parents and Teachers in a Time of Fear 

Gracious and Loving God,

We come before you with anxious and worried hearts, asking for you to hear our prayers on behalf of the children you created. When our children are threatened, our hearts are heavy and emotions run deep. We are anxious, sad, scared, tired, overwhelmed.

Draw near to parents, we pray, whether they decide to keep their children home or send them to school, help them to have peace of mind that the decisions they make are best for their family. May we support and love one another, knowing that Your Spirit leads each of us in different ways.

Draw near to teachers, we pray, give them strength and courage as they do their already difficult jobs on an even more difficult day. May they feel our support, our compassion and our love.

Draw near to our children, we pray, and give them a palpable sense of security not just today and tomorrow, but each and every day. May they know that they are loved, protected, and safe. May they know that the adults in their lives will stop at nothing to ensure their safety and security.

We trust in you, O God, and ask you to draw near to us when we feel worried and afraid. Give us strength and courage, and a knowledge of your presence. In Christ’s Name we pray, Amen.

LOCAL: Northwood Players Presents HARVEY Dinner Theater

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Dinner and a show for $20 per person? It’s true! Northwood Presbyterian Church is putting on Harvey. Written by Mary Chase, this show is a period piece set in the 1940’s about a woman who wants nothing more than to live a normal life,  one not complicated by a brother whose friend is a 6 ft. tall RABBIT!

Performances are set for July 18-20, and 25-27 at 7:00 PM. It is being presented as a dinner theatre production with the meal being served at 6:00 PM. Sunday July 21, will be a matinee at 2:00 PM and desert will be served during intermission. Tickets for the evening performances will be $20, $15 for the matinee.

July 20 and 26 shows feature a childcare option for $10 per child. Children will have their own child’s meal and be cared for by professional background-checked childcare workers. The childcare option must be reserved in advance.

The cast features regulars to the Northwood audience as well as considerable talent from around San Antonio, and is directed by Nicki Roberson.

CAST

Myrtle Mae Simmons Anna Meyer

Veta Louise Simmons Kelli Grant

Elwood P. Dowd Gary Sartor

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet Ida Steele

Ruth Kelly, R.N. Tracy Irizarry

Duane Wilson John Brand

Lyman Sanderson, M.D. Drew Meyer

William R. Chumley, M.D. Luke Schulte

Betty Chumley Joanne Cabrera

Judge Omar Gaffney Tim Lee

E. J. Lofgren Randolph Blakeman

Location: Northwood Presbyterian Church 518 Pike Place, San Antonio, TX 78209
Times: July 18 – 21; July 25-27, Dinner & Show; Matinee July 21 at 2:00 PM

For More Information, call Marilyn at (210) 404-9467

LOCAL: San Antonio – July 4th Fabulous Family Fun Festival!

Friends, since this blog is relatively new, it’s stil “shaping up” in terms of its content. So far I’ve had a variety of different posts. One of the things I anticipate using this blog for is to get the news out to some local networks about projects/activities that may be of interest to people who live here in San Antonio. I know a fair number of readers are not local, so I’m going to put “LOCAL” in the post title so y’all can feel free to skip those local things!

I’m thrilled that my first local post is about the Fabulous Family Fun Festival on July 4th happening here at Northwood Presbyterian Church. This festival is Northwood’s opportunity to join in on the local neighborhood parade that is already happening. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Food (of course!): Totally Shredded food truck will be here along with the Saweet Cupcake Truck, and Lone Star Hot Dogs. Let’s support these vendors!
  • Artisan Market: Crafters like Sew Embellished will be selling artisan goods
  • Fair Trade Market: Northwood Presbyterian Church is hosting an alternative gift market with a TON of amazing fair trade goods for purchase. These goods are from Serrv, Rahab’s Rope, and Colores del Pueblo . Check out some of the pictures of the Serrv goods HERE. Credit and Debit cards are accepted at the Fair Trade market!
  • Games for Children: We’re going to have a mini-ball pit for toddlers, a bouncy house, a duck pond, fishing game, bean bag toss and more. These games have prizes! (Games and bounce house are FREE!)
  • Music
  • VBS Registration

The Festival funs from 9 am – 1 pm (but Saweet Cupcakes will be here at 8 for all you early morning helpers… early sugar rush!)

Plan to be there, and to bring friends and neighbors. Please share this post! All are invited!

Contact Traci Smith with questions, or to volunteer.

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Fun Places to Go in San Antonio with Young Toddlers (1st Edition)

Things to Do in San Antonio with Young Toddlers (Part I)

In our house we celebrate “Fun Mondays.” In general, unless there is a funeral, hospital visit, or other emergency, I don’t work at all on Mondays. We try to make sure the day off doesn’t get sucked up with house cleaning, errands or other jobs that can easily consume a day off. We make it a point to do something fun every Monday. Sometimes fun Monday is just an hour or two, sometimes it takes up the entire day. Here are some of the things we have done in the past few months with our almost 1 and almost 2 year olds.

I’ll give you a brief description, our pros and cons, a link to their site, and two ratings based on my “5 Star” scale: First is the “Fun Factor” (This is the Fun Factor from the toddler’s point of view… ) Second is the “Value.” This can be arbitrary, but it’s our opinion based on our frugal spending habits. We’re not opposed to splurging once in awhile, but when we splurge, we like it to be great fun!

PEE WEE BEES

Looking for the next toy at Pee Wee Bees

Looking for the next toy at Pee Wee Bees

Pee Wee Bees is an indoor play land for babies and small children. There’s a bounce-house for older ones and snacks for sale for adults and children.

Pros: Lots and lots of toys for babies as well as toddlers, very clean, friendly staff, comfy couches for grownups.

Cons: On the smaller side

Fun Factor – Five Stars

Value – Three Stars

Notes: Sign up to get e-mails and/or follow the Facebook page for special discounts, character appearances, etc. Monthly passes are available which would help the value factor and planned to go several times, especially if you lived closer.

Recommended? YES!

Visit Pee Wee Bees HERE

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MACARTHUR PARK

Fantastic park for toddlers!

Fantastic park for toddlers!

A public San Antonio park with three separate playgrounds (divided by age) pavilions for picnics, grills, shaded open areas

Pros: Specific playground for little ones including short slides and mini “rock” wall, well kept and clean, shaded

Cons: Can get crowded, especially weekends

Fun Factor – Five Stars

Value – Five Stars (free!)

Recommended? YES!

San Antonio Park System: HERE

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MORGAN’S WONDERLAND

So many amazing options at Morgan's Wonderland: water play, sensory village, playgrounds, carousel and more.

So many amazing options at Morgan’s Wonderland: water play, sensory village, playgrounds, carousel and more.

An inclusive amusement park designed to accommodate all children with all levels of ability including (but not limited to) those in wheelchairs

Pros: Wide variety of activities for toddlers including train, car ride, several playgrounds, water table, and sensory village

Cons: We couldn’t move in and live there. (We really have no cons to Morgan’s Wonderland. We LOVED it.)

Fun Factor: Five Stars!

Value: Five Stars! (Kids 3 and under are free, parents are $15 each. More than we normally spend but a “worthy splurge” in our book.)

Recommended? YES!

Notes: Plan to spend most or all day here! So much to do. Plenty of picnic areas and they allow food to be brought in. Check website for schedule.

 

Visit Morgan’s Wonderland: HERE

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SAN ANTONIO ZOO

at the farm area of the zoo where children can brush the animals.

at the farm area of the zoo where children can brush the animals.

Our San Antonio Zoo has 35 acres of all kinds of stuff, and more than enough to keep everyone occupied

Pros: Tiny Tots area has activities indoors, outdoors, and it even includes an area for splashing and playing in the sand. The farm area petting zoo is also enjoyed by our almost 2 year old

Cons: Can get crowded

Fun Factor: Five Stars

Value: With Membership and frequent attendance – Five Stars, as a “one time attender” – Three Stars

Recommended? YES!

Notes: We have a membership here and spend many “Fun Mondays” at the zoo. This allows us to spend a lot of time in one area. Some days “Lory Landing” is open, which is an opportunity to feed birds for the price of nectar ($1.25). NOTE: Parents should hold the bird nectar and let little ones watch, it’s too overwhelming for very young ones if they hold the nectar. (We’ve seen this happen). Don’t forget swim clothes, towels and swim diapers if you are planning to do the river splash in the Tot Spot. Tot Spot also has structured activities each day posted on a chalkboard at the entrance. Zoo Train isn’t really part of the zoo. (Train Depot is just off Zoo parking lot, but admission to the zoo is not required to ride the train.)

San Antonio Zoo: HERE

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SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART

At the book launch for the Arte Kids books. Photo © Tracy Germer

At the book launch for the Arte Kids books.
Photo © Tracy Germer

I’m an art lover so I think art museums are great for all ages, including toddlers. San Antonio Museum of Art has some specific draws for toddlers, however. (See notes below).

Pros: Friendly staff who want to see children grow in love of art, Arte-Kids books, children’s programs, open spaces, easy parking

Cons: For us, the fact that they’re closed Mondays is a huge con.

Fun Factor: Four Stars

Value: Four Stars

Recommended? YES!

Notes: The Arte-Kids board books are a brilliant way for children to get to know the art in the museum at home and then make connections once they’re there. We’ve never attended the children’s programs, but we’ve heard great things, check the schedule on the website for details.

Disclosure: I received the Arte Kids Books as a part of a blogger/publicity event at SAMA. SAMA did not ask or require me to write about the books or offer my opinion. 

 San Antonio Museum of Art: HERE

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SEMMES LIBRARY

Library books and so much more!

Library books and so much more!

Has toddler story time, nature trails behind the library and a playground across the street

Pros: Story/Song time with Ms. Randi is wonderful, friendly staff, great selection of board books your little monster won’t destroy

Cons: Sometimes library guests are not pleased with squealing toddlers and babies (understandable), park is not shaded and so equipment gets very hot

Fun Factor: Four Stars

Value: Five Stars (Free!)

Recommended? YES!

Notes: The fact that there is a playground on site as well as nature trails makes this library more of an “outing” than a quick trip to pick out books or go to storytime. We spend many a fun Monday at Semmes Library! Be sure to check the calendar to note when story time is on a break or changed.

Semmes Library: HERE

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MINI TOWN 

Imaginary town for little ones including mini grocery store, hair salon, disco, etc. Also has a room for babies and playground

Pros: Playground outside, brilliant concept (we so wanted to love this place)

Cons: Dirty (We’re not fussy, neat freaks or germophobes, but we felt uncomfortable with the level of dirt and grime on everything) Lots of broken toys in the rooms.

Fun Factor: Three Stars

Value: Two stars (because we left so quickly — see above)

Recommended? No

Notes: Such a sweet idea. We would be willing to give this place a try if we hear rumors of it getting cleaned up or have an indication that our experience was unique. Couldn’t find any photos from this one. Probably because we were busy chasing the children around with hand sanitizer!

Mini Town website HERE

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INGRAM PARK MALL INDOOR PLAY AREA

Constantly in motion at Ingram Park Mall!

Constantly in motion at Ingram Park Mall!

A decent sized indoor play area inside Ingram Park Mall.

Pros: Plenty of space to run around, cushy toys to run and play on, toddler sized

Cons: Can get a little noisy or crowded, but not worth complaining about in our book. 🙂

Fun Factor: Five Stars

Value: Five Stars (Free!)

Notes: Park at JCPenny. Also fun, the glass elevator in the middle of the mall.

Ingram Park Mall Website  HERE

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INCREDIBLE PIZZA

Love this little carousel babies can get strapped into at Incredible Pizza.

Love this little carousel babies can get strapped into at Incredible Pizza.

A pizza place with a play area for toddlers as well as games for bigger kids.

Pros: Very toddler friendly games, even babies can ride the carousel. Inexpensive and uncrowded during the daytime. Kid friendly food. Games for little ones don’t break the bank (a $5 game card is plenty for us).

Cons: Can be overstimulating. Extremely crowded on weekends. Food is ok, but not great (both taste-wise and nutrition-wise)

Fun Factor: Five Stars

Value: Four stars

Notes: Extremely important to our family: they serve Gluten-Free pizza here, made to order. My husband (who can’t have gluten) raves about the pizza. We’ve been known to go to Incredible Pizza just so papa can have his pizza fix.

See Incredible Pizza HERE

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SPLASHTOWN SAN ANTONIO

Happy and soaking wet! Look at that face!

Happy and soaking wet! Look at that face!

Splashtown is a huge water/theme park. While it is definitely geared toward older kids, there is a small section in Kids Cove that is great for toddlers.

Pros: Kids cove with toddler sized slides, shallow water areas, river with tubes to float down, rental cabanas with food service, attentive lifeguards and staff

Cons: Can be overstimulating for toddlers, can’t bring food in to the park

Fun Factor: Four Stars

Value: Two and a Half Stars

Disclosure: I attended Splashtown with my family as a part of a bloggers event that included free admission and shared use of the cabanas. Splashtown did not ask me to write about the experience. Admittedly the value for us on that day was “Five Stars” but I looked around at prices and evaluated it as if we were paying for it. Not a cheap outing for toddlers. 

Visit Splashtown:  HERE

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