Raindrops and Rainbows

Thursday, October 1, 2015
In the spirit of venturing on to new things, today we did something we should have done a long while ago. We explored a facility called Raindrops and Rainbows for kids aged 0-5 years. This facility is located less than a mile from our home, so imagine my surprise when I walked through the doors for the first time and discovered how awesome it was. Ava and I got a grand tour of the place, and there were several different sections (including one closed off area just for kiddos aged 0-15months) geared for learning, fun, and expanding the imagination. Music rooms, sensory rooms, water stations, sand stations, an entire kitchen/baby/home place for the kids to play. Block areas, dinosaur areas.. I could keep going. They had a very decent outside play area as well, but with the weather getting colder, I don't really see us using outside toys as much.

I was able to converse and chat with three moms who happen to have tots the same age as Ava, and their birthdays are all a week apart. One of the moms is also pregnant with her second, and is due just three days before me! It was nice to have a change of scenery, adult interaction, and to share some of my emotional woes with Justin being gone. A couple moms were also in the same predicament as we are (no surprise there), and started raving about how much they loved this place, and how much it helped when their husbands are gone. That is one thing I love about this military installation. There is an infinite amount of activities available for kids and families. We were there for 1.5 hours and getting Ava to leave was torture. We didn't even get to explore every play area inside this place. Nap time and afternoon errands called, so unfortunately we had to leave.

Some other things I noticed that I really liked were the video surveillance of the entire facility inside and out. Added security measures always give me reassurance. I liked how this facility is completely free and opened to all military families, and I liked that there are refrigerators, snack areas, and the overall cleanliness of the place. They also have a "no phone" rule for this facility to deter parents from being overly engaged in their texting and social media, rather than being involved with their kiddos. That was probably my favorite aspect. I did bring my camera and take pictures of some of the areas we played in today, and camera are welcomed here!

I got an activity calendar of all the fun events that occur here throughout the month, and I am more than positive this is going to become a routine thing for us. The Tacoma museum visits really regularly as well as some other familiar names. Here are some photos of the stations Ava did visit at Raindrops and Rainbows. I know this place is going to be great for both of us, and I love how convenient and close it is. We will definitely be bringing daddy here once he's home.

♥- Leilani


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  2. Love all the pictures. This place sounds really nice. I'm glad that it's free to military families and that you got to meet some neat ladies while you were there with Ava. She looks like she had a ton of fun!

    1. Thank you for all your sweet words these last couple of days Danika! She really did have a blast <3