On Tuesday, I had some errands to run in Subang Jaya, so I decided to make a trip to Sunway Pyramid, a shopping mall I almost never go to because it is so far away. Also because I wasn’t sure if Gavin would handle such a long car ride (especially back in the days when his cooperation in the car seat was questionable at best). Considering how long we were in the car (I got lost – shows how long it’s been since I was last there) and the fact that he was sporting a painful mouth ulcer (which dramatically lowers cooperation) after he hit his mouth on the table, I think Gavin did remarkably well.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Sunway Pyramid has undergone some renovations for expansion and is now colossal. In hindsight, taking Gavin there at a time when he is super manja (read: clingy) and didn’t want to get down to walk was probably not one of my better ideas. I was physically aching after our trip and woke up the next morning feeling like I’d just been hiking up Gunung Ledang.
One of the cooler features about the new Sunway Pyramid is their car park. They have sensors in all the car park bays and boards telling you where all the free bays are. Unfortunately, the new car park is also very confusing and it took me a while to find my bearings in there.
After watching rock climbing toddlers and taking a leaf out of the books of those parents, I was keen to show Gavin a real bowling alley, archery and the ice skating rink. I figured that the only way I was going to get him interested in sports is to take him to the site of action and let his curiosity get the better of him.
The first place we went to was the bowling alley. Prior to this, the only bowling alley Gavin had ever seen were the computer generated graphics and sounds from Wii Sports Bowling. He was mildly interested in the bowling alley and consented to watching a few of the people bowling for a while before asking to be taken back out.
I’m afraid he found the fish at the bowling entrance more entertaining…
Next, I took him to see the archery center. Being a weekday, no one was playing so there wasn’t much to see. I showed him a bow and arrow in a display window, explained how it worked before moving on to the ice skating rink.
Along the way, I saw a lady playing the piano so we stopped to watch for a bit. By then he had already glimpsed the ice skating rink which he found far more interesting and wanted to be taken there instead.
I think Gavin has discovered a new interest because he was extremely fascinated by the ice skating rink. He kept wanted to get closer and closer until we were right up against the glass. He even wanted to go inside so I had to explain to him that he needed to buy a ticket and wear special shoes. Interestingly, when I asked him again later about going to the ice skating rink again, he said, “No. Cannot. Baby got no special shoes and ticket.”
I suspect his interest in ice skating began when he watched Leo from the Little Einsteins skating to rescue Annie’s balloon in Mission Celebration. Based on this experience, and Gavin’s keen interest in his new toy golf club set (more about that later), I think we can safely conclude that one of the best ways to get a child interested in something is to physically introduce it them. Children, especially young ones without the benefit of past experience, need to engage all five senses to fully understand what a new activity is all about. Seeing pictures and hearing descriptions alone clearly isn’t enough.
After a long day out – rather Mummy’s long day out (since I carried him most of the time while we were in Sunway Pyramid), Gavin slept so soundly that he didn’t even realise he had rolled off the mattress.