Kaefer has played with Playmobil since she was four years old (the day we found Playmobil in an US store was a good day) and she still loves it (she is 13 now!). We have given Playmobil as presents at many birthday parties and thus infected many families with the Playmobil bug. In my eyes, it belongs to the best toys for kids.
Playmobil is a German company with its headquarters in Zirndorf, very close to Nürnberg. Way more important though is the Playmobil FunPark the company has built in Zirndorf (I first wrote about that here). Since she had heard about it, Kaefer desperately wanted to go there. When we traveled to Germany in the summer of 2009, we made sure that we spent a day at the Playmobil FunPark.
It was delightful! First of all, it was affordable - we paid less than $15.00 per person for the entire day. For that we got Playmobil paradise - all the famous toys in real life size and waiting for exploring kids and their parents - the pirate ship, castle, tree house, farm to name just a few. The kids could climb, conquer the castle, rush up walls, cross dangerous rivers and lakes on rope bridges, milk cows, go down long and fast slides, sail on rafts, invade the pirate ship - endless possibilities for an active child. The kids have to use their imagination and just PLAY - nothing could be further away from Disneyland and similar expensive amusement parks. It wasn't only the kids who played; the adults did, too, and everyone had fun.
All of us really enjoyed the rafts - it was so much fun!
It often rains in Germany, so it came as no surprise that there was also a huge indoor play area. We had some rain in the afternoon and Kaefer played happily on the gigantic play structure while we "old ones" relaxed a little bit.
I shouldn't forget to mention the food. The restaurant is excellent - good, mostly healthy food for affordable prices (as I said, it's a true family place). The Geek had potato soup in a bread roll, Kaefer went for a delicious salad and I had Leberknödelsuppe (liver dumpling soup) - after all, we were in Bavaria!
Leaving the pirate ship for now, but we will be back!!!