When you're choosing apps for toddlers or preschoolers you need to be sure that what they are getting is age appropriate, educational and something they will actually enjoy playing. Also, you don't want any nasty surprises when you discover that your little darling has been playing fast and loose with your credit card and making accidental in-app purchases.
Best Kids' Indoor Play Yard - 2011
Little Barn - CLOSED
Indoor play places can be a blessing for paranoid moms: Your tyke is confined to a small space and, for the most part, interaction with dirt and other grime is minimized. But these areas — often featuring toy cars, bouncy houses and primary-colored ball pits — are pretty much the same. Not Little Barn. Located near downtown, the venue's attention to thematic detail is quite charming: The walls are covered with things like a Warhol-esque mural of cows, a chalkboard and a blue sky. There are toy animals and tractors to play with and ride, and the ball pits are clear — so you can actually make sure your kids are still breathing. (Oh, and did we mention that it looks like a giant bubble bath?) Music is also part of the fun, as there's a jukebox filled with old-timey tunes, and even hip-hop dance classes. 130 S. Beaudry Ave., dwntwn.; (213) 481-2276, littlebarn.org.