Two weeks ago we had my sister's older two kids stay with us. I had 5 kids ages 7 and under for five days during a really hot week. Playing outside at the park was out of the question and I was having a beast of a time peeling them away from tablets and the tv. One afternoon I decided to take them to McDonald's for lunch. They could eat and then play to their hearts' content in the Play Place.
Apparently the McDonald's near our house has a tiny play area meant for ages 0-3 and computers for the older kids.
I'm a bit torn on this.
On the one hand, I understand that there are probably children in our area who don't have regular access to a computer and it's great that they have a chance to go to McDonald's and improve their computer literacy and play fun games.
On the other hand, I overheard 3 other moms while I was there complaining about the same thing I was: I did not bring my kids to McDonald's to have MORE SCREEN TIME.
How do you feel about the computers at some McDonald's locations? I talked to my neighbor about it and she said there's another location several miles further that does NOT have computers, but it means 10 minutes more drive time. Is it worth driving further to AVOID the computers? That feels silly but...maybe?