Indoor attractions are great – on sunny days when there’s no one else around
DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR A FIRST-TIME DAD OF TWINS
THE twins seemed happy with the surroundings of the living room. They were laughing, climbing, playing and fighting over anything the other one had.
The problem was they hadn’t left the house for 36 hours due to rain, wind and parental aversion to hassle.
The tension was building, and the need to ‘do something with them’ was not going away, so we decided to visit an indoor attraction.
After driving through apocalyptic weather, we arrived at the destination to discover something was up.
We had to park on the emergency overflow surrounded by discarded trollies, cracked tarmac and miles from the actual entrance.
Despite the conditions, we made it to the entrance and the first thing I noticed were all the people. ‘Let the fun begin’, I thought to myself as I gazed across the crowd of children, buggies, babies and parents.
At least we were out of the cold and wet, but, as a result of the combined body heat of thousands, the general environment was akin to a sauna.
The heat and the crowds were not making it any easier for Victoria to manoeuvre the heavy twin-laden double buggy.
In the end, I was forced to help, and our day out was almost approaching fun until we had to break for snack time.
The plan was I’d pick up two cups of tea from the café and Victoria would feed the twins.
After queuing for an inordinate length of time, I got my two overpriced teas, and returned to our meeting point. Victoria and the twins had gone.
Suddenly, I saw them by the gents’ toilets talking to a stranger by the door.
Due to my longer than anticipated mission, Victoria had
naturally assumed I’d locked myself in the toilet, collapsed in a cubicle or fallen asleep.
She’d been outside the toilets and was in the process of asking a man to look for me.
The heat and crowds were getting to both of us so we decided to relax for five minutes over a cup of tea in a café best described as raucous, while Emma and Thomas screamed to be released from the captivity of their buggy.
Undeterred, we bravely struggled on in our search for fun until a brief argument with a family I felt were pushing into a queue for the only lift in the building.
After they angrily walked off, Victoria and I felt the day had reached its natural conclusion, so we decided to head home and leave the crowds behind.
The only conclusion to draw is we’re waiting for the sunny days of summer before we contemplate attending any kind of indoor attraction with the twins.
Dad, there are ways to deal with wet weather