There are days when we need to get out and about, though, and one of the solutions we've found is at the Northpark Mall. On Wednesdays, the Dallas Public Library hosts a kid hour wherein they sing kid songs, play with a huge parachute, wave scarves and toss balloons, and of course, read stories. Audrey enjoys this time, and we especially love going when our friends Abbey, Max, and "MoMo" can meet us there. Audrey doesn't quite have the attention span (or control) to sit in a lively group of kiddos and pay attention to someone reading a story, though, so once the singing and dancing and waving and tossing is over and the other kids are settling down for story time, we usually move on to another great attraction within the mall: the live ducks and turtles.
I've heard tales of excited kiddos taking an accidental dive into the pond with the ducks, and I can easily see how that might happen with my own (especially now that she's able to walk with me outside the stroller), but the risk is worth the excitement that the ducks and turtles bring (both of whom are completely desensitized to the swarms of kids shouting and pointing).
Audrey peeking over the railing to watch a turtle swim under the bridge
Grammy pointing out even more turtles
Audrey follows the turtle to the other side of the bridge
Abbey and Audrey watching the ducks together