We found it hard to find the right medium of fun where both of my kids could enjoy the space they were playing at.
The weather! — I was born and raised in Maryland, but I must say we do have some hot/humid days and also the cold, snowy and dreary days as well.
Older kids love to play in the playgrounds as much as younger kids. Who can blame them! But there are times, toddlers and preschoolers need some space of their own to grow into.
And then there are days when I needed to work late (which was quite frequent in the fall) and my husband is watching the kids by himself and it is only 6 pm. The kids are finished dinner, and it is pitch black outside and you can no longer be at home! I can tell you that our local Giant down the street knows my family very well by now.