The other night as I was putting Julian to sleep, I told him that sometimes when I feel anxious I like to imagine I'm in my favorite place, somewhere guaranteed to make me feel happy and relaxed no matter what. Mine is -- obviously -- Riley's Beach in Cotuit. I asked Julian where his favorite happy place is, and after a second, he said, "Fundazzle."
When I lived in Boston, my friend Whitney and I thought about opening up an indoor playground cafe, and while that project remains in the brainstorming phase, Beijing already has several of them. The best we've found so far is called Fundazzle. It's in what looks like a former warehouse and has a huge two-story jungle gym with slides going down into an olympic pool-sized ball pit. There's also a sand box, climbing wall and an inflatable pool filled with goldfish you can pay a little extra to catch with a net. So basically a four-year-old's happy place.