I'm going to start by saying I am not a total germaphobe but I do have emetophobia so I am always conscious of what the kids have touched, where they've been, and I squirt their hands often. Probably too often. Play structures, especially those that are indoors gross me out. Actually, they freak me out. I hate going places like that and more often than not an illness follows one of these outings. And those of you with more than one child knows what that means. One kid gets sick. Then the next, then the next. One day playing at McDonald's can easily lay us low for 2 weeks.
In early June we went to Chuck E. Cheese with great friends of ours to celebrate a birthday. Within 2 days after the party 11 of the 14 people at the party had the stomach flu. William, Lauren, Chris, and Drew included. How I was spared I'll never know but I think it may have something to do with the fact that I consciously touched NOTHING in that filthy joint and if I did I squirted myself down immediately.
So, now there is this. This seals the deal on us ever going to these kinds of places again. I'm not opposed to parks or anything like that but these indoor, enclosed places are no more for us. Call me crazy but it's just not worth it. I've experienced too many times my kids being sick directly after (within 48 hours) being at these places. Lesson learned. I'd be stupid to NOT have learned from those experiences.
I encourage you to take the 7 minutes and watch this video. Pass it around. It's eye-opening and proves what we as moms have known all along... those places are freaking nasty.