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May 15, 2004


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Great post! I am just now figuring out the kid-friendly, er mom-friendly places to go. I was just at a store a few weeks ago - oh, Borders in downtown Chicago, actually. NO changing table. (Don't even ask how I managed to change Liam; it was super fast and super creative). I couldn't believe it. Thumbs-down there.

As for friendly places, I have to say Target, probably. That's an all-around friendly little store. I don't do too much shopping with Liam, but I will take him to Target.


oooooooooooo - I love my local Kroger store! They have a daycare for kids over 3 and my daughter loves to play while I shop. Not to mention the lady that works in the daycare is so sweet.

Joe's Crab Shack has a nice playground and decent food for the adults.


ANY place that has a drive through!!! :o)


Sorry so verbose. We never stay at home. Kids are 2 1/2, 2 1/2, and 10 months.

Grand Californian: I second that! Thumbs up. We'll be back soon. Concierge level is a great bonus, but pricey. Because it is next to the park, hotel is a huge advantage for small kids. Is probably hurting sales in Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier. About the only place I've paid full price and felt I got my money's worth.

Target: Good carts for kids, but would be better if two toddlers could sit up front like Costco or WalMart carts. Very few WalMarts in Northern California. Parental fantasy for any grocery or consumer durables store -- double carts for two toddlers.

Nordstrom: Gets an A for the Women's Room, but a C for the Men. Changing tables, but no lounge. I bet I've spent more time in the Women's Room at Nordstrom than some women, but my wife needed help feeding the twins, and we went together. Family bathrooms are sometimes the ideal compromise, but more, more, more...

PF Changs: A. Gave us a free dessert.

Mall Retailers: Generally, not enough space for strollers, or for parents to sit with kids. Double strollers are usually out. If it's a kid store and you don't want my kids to touch, then don't expect my purchases.

Restaurants: We go to probably three a week with our herd. Pleasanton, CA Macaroni Grill; very, very, very bad. Worst ever, maybe. Unfriendly. But they have a good menu and so may be this location and not chain as a whole. Kids Mac & Cheese is really good. Chili's: Good. Chevy's: Good. Fresh Choice: Good. Red Lobster: Thumbs up! Pizza/Pasta places are usually pretty good. One restaurant that shall remain nameless put white paper under my kids high chairs. Shame on them. I made a huge mess under my seat, but left the paper spotless. (grin)

Legoland: (Carlsbad, CA) For toddlers, a must. Simply awesome.

Bonfante Gardens (Gilroy, CA): Another small kid paradise. Not as good as Legoland, but certainly very very good.

Paramount Great America (Santa Clara, CA): Very good overall. Buy a season pass and Bonfante Gardens is free.

Marine World Africa USA (Vallejo, CA): Very good overall, but food S-U-C-K-S. After your kids feed the giraffes, wash their hands they'll get sick.

Monterey Aquarium (Monterey, CA): Smallish, but very unique. Again, touch the critters, wash hands or get sick. Play area is awesome, but a disease paradise. Only one restaurant in Aquarium; go to Bubba Gumps nearby and be a tourista and bring a fat wallet.

Pier 39 (San Francisco, CA): Older kid paradise. Very touristy. Small kids will bore quickly.


I'll start by saying hello since I am new to posting.
My children are 5 and 8 so not too much we need when going out, however I find that they LOOOOVE to eat at our local Red Lobster since they have a great kids menu that includes w/ every kids plate a drink, applesauce or veggies and ranch as well as jell-o.
The menu is awesome they go from shrimp to chicken all the way down to pasta & They have a guy there that makes Balloon figures and flowers etc! for FREE of course he expects a tip but it's a lot of fun to watch.

Our Local Save-Mart also has those really cool kid carts that are metal and everything.

Now for the worst, It has to be our MALL! They have restrooms with no changing tables, a food court with NO WHERE TO SIT! and a stroller rack to rent the strollers but they are ALL BROKEN! This has to be the worst considering it is a "mall" and you would expect more.


The babies 'r us has a nursing room which is wonderful, although I hate the store itself (long story involving issues with our registry, our stroller and finally a breat pump purchase).

We've found one fantastic set of service plazas on the Ohio turnpike just outside of Cleveland. They are brand new, have family restrooms (which include a changing station) and have a non smoking lounge (which is ostensibly for the truckers but we have used it for a discreet low traffic nursing area).


Pavilion's grocery store has "Expectant Mother" parking. That was the best thing ever! Unfortunately, I'm sure some meanies take the parking that are definitely not expecting.


It's not nearby but StoryLand in New Hampshire has the best bathrooms!!! There is a room with big lovely rocking chairs to breast feed your child and a wonderful changing station. It's a separate place from the bathrooms so it's not stinky. I changed Lillianna there (she was 1 1/2 when we went) and I wanted to stay and rock her since it was so peaceful!!

Most places just suck. Some bathroom stalls are so damn small I can barely fit never mind drag my child in with me.
The worst thing is clothing stores. Even in an umbrella stroller which is so compact and narrow, Lillianna got hit in the face with price tags because the displays were so damn close together.
I don't find any place to be mom friendly!


The most kid-friendly hotel we've ever stayed in was The Grand Californian at Disneyland. If you are planning a vacation there, I HIGHLY recommend it. It really was the 'little things' that made it so great. Everyone knows about the park and the meals with giant Animals, but it was the restrooms that amazed me. They had very low sinks for the kids to wash their hands - as well stalls with low commodes. There was story time every night. Every child got a balloon at checkin. I know you're probably thinking, "What do you expect at Disneyland?" but this place really exceeded my expectations.

As for mother-friendly... There's a spa in this area that has an on-site daycare. You can get your nails done and they'll watch your child for a small hourly rate. That's my kind of spa!


I replied to this post, but it was too long so I put it on my blog. hehe

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