Monkey Mania Alright

Monday, 27 April 2009

Oh là là. I must be getting old and crusty.

Today at Monkey Mania (yes, it’s mania-like), Riley and I were probably amongst the first dozen people to enter the mad crazy loop-de-loop slipping sliding bouncing jumping highfalutin world of the indoor play centre.

Then the tidal wave came crashing in behind us. A tidal wave of children.

We’ve been here around 40 minutes now and the screaming, squealing, calling - “Mum! Mum! Mum! Muuuuum! Look at me! Look at me! Mum! Muuuuuum!!!” - is actually starting to freak me out. That and the smell of chicken nuggets.

I absolutely and categorically adore children – but it’s been a long time since I’ve frequented one of these centres, where each and every child is on a manic ‘high’ – pretty much permanently.

And it really is unnerving me.

As the tidal wave keeps washing in, I seem to be shrinking further and further into my seat, and if you think I can spot Riley amongst the massive, squealing, spiraling waves – you’re sadly mistaken. Even his deliberately red and white striped t-shirt is no guarantee he’ll be spotted, so I’ve stopped trying unless I want to unhinge my eyeballs.

Oh, hang on a minute – there he is – trailing behind a very long line of children following Mr Monkey around, chanting as though caught in a Pied Piper-esque trance. And now they are pulling at him so hard, his head is in serious danger of dislodging. I wonder how much kiddie trauma THAT would instigate. Now some of the kids are smacking him hard on the back and screaming at him and pawing at him in a really horrifying way. I can hear his heart thundering from here.

Poor Mr Monkey. Very soon he might just disappear amongst the fawning crowd à la Lord of the Flies.

Sheesh. Have the parents of these kids drowned in their caffè lattès? Seemingly.

Monkey mania, alright.

3 comments:

bugmum said...

We went on the first Friday of school holidays. I had to leave after an hour because I was nearly hyperventilating from the sound of shrieking. Have banned visits until after school goes back...

Rebecca Vavic said...

Tanya... we went last Friday too... it is hilarious, really... I agree.

I sat there thinking... its pretty sad when my idea of "time out" and my kids having some fun... is to get a migrane in the process!! LOL.

I think I saw you at Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets on Saturday... pregnancy brain and all took me a bit to work it out, and by then you'd gone on your merry way.

Bek xo

Rebecca Vavic said...

I have posted about you and the interview of me on my blog:

http://rebeccavavic.typepad.com/blog/2009/04/an-interview.html

Sorry, one of my oldest besties names is Tanya, so I mis-spelt your "Tania"... Oops! I got it right on my blog LOL!


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