Saturday, May 2, 2009

Perpetual Motion: The perfect place for kids who don't want to stand still

My latest favorite family fun spot is Perpetual Motion in Lowell, Massachusetts. It's got everything my energetic kids could possibly want to play with, and it's all laid out in a clean, carpeted, air-conditioned, open space on the second floor of a converted warehouse. My 2-1/2-year-old looked at the indoor sandbox, swings, ride-on and twirl-on toys, and slides, looked at me, and asked, "It OK to run 'round in dis house?"

Absolutely. I describe why in today's edition of The Boston Globe's "Bring the Family" column:
May 2, 2009
Bring the Family

Perpetual fun
By Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff

WHO: Globe Magazine staff member Lylah M. Alphonse and three of her five kids, ages 2 to 10

WHAT: Burning off energy indoors

WHERE: Perpetual Motion, 345 Chelmsford St., Lowell, 978-452-0777;

... The little kids' space features an enormous four-car train with tunnels, ramps, and a ball pit; there's also a toy-filled sandbox, swings, and a double-wide sliding platform to
explore. The "school-age" side is designed for kids who are at least 5-years old and 42 inches tall; it offers a huge foam pit, rope climbing structures, an obstacle course, and a challenging climbing wall. The two play areas are divided by an eating area and a concession stand (with surprisingly good pizza)... [More]
Seriously, this place is incredible. Check out the photos, below, and read the rest of my article at at!

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