Solito and I used to go to Dave and Buster's frequently when we lived near Philadelphia. We had a good time playing games, earning tickets and taking home random prizes like a new rice cooker (we still have it and it works really well!). When Owen was about 3 years old, we decided to take him to one here in MN and see how he liked it.
Well.......it didn't go well. He hated it. He cried, signed all done and headed for the door. It was clearly too loud with too many sounds and too many lights. We even tried to show him the basketball game, which we thought he would love since that's his favorite sport. But, no.....not happening.
So we didn't bother with Dave and Buster's for awhile. We figured we'd try it again in a few years when maybe some of his issues with noise changed or when we finally got him to wear headphones (which we still haven't been successful with at all!).
Last weekend I went out of town to visit the charming and beautiful town of Charleston, SC with my best friend from high school, Diana. Solito and Owen were left to their own devices and Solito decided he would give Dave and Buster's another shot. He took him there right when it opened, which meant there were very few customers and they had the games area to themselves for a long time. One thing we have noticed with Owen is that if we take him to a place where there will be noise/lights/lots of people when it first opens or be the first group of people there, he tends to be able to settle in and as the noise builds, he doesn't get very bothered.
They had a blast! They played the basketball game and Owen learned how to play skeeball, which ended up being his favorite. He even tried a motorcycle game and apparently liked it when he crashed the vehicle (that doesn't speak well for his future driving ability!). He caught on quickly that you get tickets after each game and dutifully dropped them into his D & B cup. They had some lunch there and then continued to play a few more games.
I'm so excited that Owen had a good time and I can't wait for all three of us to go together and have some fun. Sometimes trying something new works out into a great experience!
|The cute photo I was sent......he is having a ball!|