Summer Play Date at McDonald’s

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for McDonald’s. I am being compensated for this Summer Play Date at McDonald’s post. All opinions are my own. 

Sweet, sweet summertime!

It’s finally here – lazy mornings, summer trips, and summer play date fun!

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

We are lucky in our area to have several McDonald’s with indoor Play Place areas. With the Arkansas heat, an indoor play place is almost a must – especially if your play dates are in the afternoons or even in the evenings. The McDonald’s location we visit most often is actually undergoing a renovation to its existing outdoor playground. From what I understand, construction will soon start so that an indoor Play Place will be added. Woop woop!

My teacher friend and her family met us at another nearby location with a Play Place.

When we ordered our food, it took a while for Scooter Britches to decide between apple slices or a Cutie for a side item. It thrills me that my girls enjoy fruit like they do.

I was pretty pumped to catch up with my friend. A summer play date with my teacher friends and their kids is often more for me than for my kiddos. Teachers often remain a pretty tight unit even during summer breaks. After all, many of us go from being around 150 or more people a day to suddenly find ourselves at home alone or only with our children while our spouses and most of our friends are at work. This lifestyle change can be a welcome respite or it can be a lonely time, depending on your personality. (I am kind of in the middle.) Either way, when two teachers do get together in the summer, there is usually a lot of catching up to do!

Look at this boy and his silly faces!

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

It didn’t take Scooter Britches and Little One long to start the persuasions to visit the play area.

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

 

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

My friends’ oldest child is 10-year-old. It made my heart happy to see him having fun in the Play Place. Every time I see my girls having fun at a McDonald’s Play Place or any other type of playground, I always wonder how much time we have left. How much more time for my sweet girls to climb and play their hearts out without a care in the world? Seeing him laugh and play with the younger kids made me realize there is still plenty of time for my kids to be kids.

I’m not sure LO ever let go of her new Teenie Beanie Baby the entire time she played!

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

My girls found all the fun they could, too. Their sweaty hairlines were evidence!

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

What is your child’s favorite go-to meal at McDonald’s? My girls choose McNuggets, fries, apple slices, and water or white milk the majority of the time.

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

Don’t forget about trying one of the Minute Maid Slushies at McDonald’s, too! Right now, with the McDonald’s app you can find offers for $1 off an Extra Large Minute Maid Slushie; a free Small Minute Maid Slushie with any purchase; a free Small Minute Maid Slushie with purchase of Large Fries; and a free Medium Minute Maid Slushie with any Signature Crafted Sandwich.

Summer Play Date at McDonald's - Teacher Friends - Summer Break - Place Place - Toddler and Preschool Play Dates - The Gifted Gabber

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  2. Ricci says:

    Play areas at McD’s have come a long way since I was a kid!! I love that your kids got to play while you got to catch up with a friend, play dates at McDonald’s seen like a GREAT idea!!!

  3. Sonya says:

    My kids love the Playplace too. They are 9 and 5 and they are never ready to leave.
    My favorite meal from McDonald’s is the Southwest Salad.

  4. Janette says:

    My girl is about to become a teen so those sweet years of climbing up and down are over but yes, I can still remember them 🙂 Your girls are so gorgeous and I am so glad you are recording these precious moments. When mine was that age it didn’t even hit me lol! 🙂

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