After my foray into the city of Melbourne a few weeks back, exploring the new delight that is the Myer MyKids Emporium, complete with a plethora of toys, kids’ clothes and fun stuff, and after much dealing with poor, neglected and traumatised children (my own, apparently neglected and traumatised because I did not give them a day off school so they could accompany me) I chose to take the Biggest and the Littlest in for a bit of a looksee.
I was also motivated by the gift of some vouchers in which to utilise at said store – yup, there’s the disclaimer I have to include right there. I was given a couple of vouchers to put towards products purchased in the toy and clothing sections – and that the Middlest Child had a few friends coming over and Monkey Boy and I needed to escape for a bit, so we didn’t completely lose our wills to live.
A short car trip and tram ride to the Emporium building situated in the pocket that is Elizabeth, Lonsdale, Swanston and Little Bourke Streets in the Melbourne CBD, up some escalators and into some sort of Child Valhalla.
And where the kids went into the What Do I Look At First Frenzy.
Not difficult for Monkey Boy; straight to the LEGO section, easy to find, well stocked, Monkey Boy heaven …
Chippie was a little more scattered, flitting between the range of How To Train Your Dragon products, and the Thomas the Tank Engine section…
Before, yes, heading back to the LEGO section and checking out all the fab LEGO creations I had already had the delight and pleasure of telling them about …
Half the fun of the place is being able to touch, feel, test, play with and explore the range, all of which is easy to find, thanks to the sensible layout.
Of course, this also means you can’t do the “Oh, I don’t think they have them here” and dragging a child out of the shop before you have to explore each and every item in the range of whatever it is they’re looking at.
Another great part of the fun is the displays they have around the store, like the LEGO above, and Iron Man, whom we did some sensible posing with.
And then because we couldn’t help ourselves, and I – *ahem* – was heavily encouraged by my teenage son to do so, we took a few selfies with Iron Man. I’m sure he was totally into it as well.
Then there’s the other stuff; face painting, balloon animal and other balloon based creations, as well as the ‘roving entertainment’ and bunch of characters who are happy to entertain and talk to the kids, and pose for photos.
My teenager was totally embarrassing when he agreed to have a couple of pics with some Super Heros who happened to be wandering around at the time; just standing there all sensible and stuff.
So I showed him how it was done properly … being all sensible and stuff and getting Spider Man to hold my cape and stuff …
I found him some twenty minutes later, hiding behind a wall of LEGO and pretending didn’t know who I was.
I don’t know what’s wrong with him sometimes.
But I can’t have been all bad, because he did say, several times, on the way home “Thanks for taking us there, it was awesome! Can we go again?!”
(Also, we are now the proud owners of even more LEGO and Thomas stuff …)