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Monday, April 26, 2010

Yorktown Mall In Lombard

Place: Yorktown Mall

Location: Highland Ave at Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL

Type of Place: Mall with children’s play area.

Secret: Train rides are a dollar each, or six for five dollars. But you can also download a coupon here to get two rides for the price of one!

Appropriate ages: The play area is geared towards kids five and under, but slightly older kids will still enjoy it.

Cost: Free just to hang out!

Last week I wrote about how Pufferfish and I visited Stratford Square. This week, we headed to a mall that is closer to our new house in Lombard! Yorktown is considered a more upscale mall because it boasts places like MagiQuest, Lucky Strike Lanes, and an AMC Premium Theater as well as a regular movie theater. But none of that really matters to little kids! What they really go crazy for is the play area!

In the play area, you'll find a large treehouse, where kids can climb up the stairs and slide down a tunnel slide. There is also a little bit of space up in the treehouse to explore. A friend of mine mentioned that she likes the treehouse because her four-year-old son, who has autism, gets a lot of sensory input from running up the stairs and then going down the slide. He will do this for hours! Chances are, so will your kids, regardless of whether they have sensory issues of their own!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="444" caption="Pufferfish starts to climb into the tree house."]Pufferfish starts to climb into the tree house.[/caption]

The stairs leading up to the tree house are a lot of fun, but they can pose some danger, especially to new walkers! While we were there today, I witnessed a toddler fall face-first down the stairs! She wasn't hurt, but it was definitely startling! You might want to remind your little ones to walk on the stairs, and to refrain from pushing others out of their way!

There are also a few other things to play on and around in the play area.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="452" caption="Pufferfish plays in the little house. "]Pufferfish plays in the little house. [/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="411" caption="Pufferfish balances on a hollow log. "]Pufferfish balances on a hollow log. [/caption]

Right next to the play area, you'll find the train ride! One dollar will buy your child a seat on this train. Five dollars will buy her six train rides! The six rides come in the form of a punch card, so if you intend on returning to this mall with your children, just buy the six ride card and keep it in your wallet! You can also download a coupon, on the site, for half-off rides.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="395" caption="Pufferfish takes a train ride!Like many malls, Yorktown has a fountain. Its not quite as cool as the dancing fountain at Yorktown, but Pufferfish still loves to throw pennies into it! Pufferfish poses by the fountain at Yorktown Mall. "]Pufferfish takes a train ride![/caption]

If you live near Lombard, this is a great little mall to spend time in with your kids!


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