James and I had a great date tonight!
In looking for something fun to do, I found an online event listing at the Imagination Station in downtown Christchurch. The Imagination Station is a nonprofit organization that provides a fun, safe space for people of all ages to come create cool stuff. They have a huge selection of Legos, Kinex, and Duplos available, plus 20 stations of desktops each equipped with stop motion animation filming equipment and software.
For NZ$10 each, we got to hang out and play for 2 hours. When the kids heard our “date night” plans, let’s just say they were angry they couldn’t come along. But it was specifically adults-only.* We were two of about 40 people, many of whom were either couples out on dates or small clusters of friends.
Together James and I built a Wolverine Spaceship, made a stop motion Lego movie about a man and an alien, drank a bottle of wine, competed in a 15-minute team speed-build (“strike while the iron is hot”), and laughed a lot.
At home, Evelyn babysat for us (we pay a whopping NZ$4/hour) and the kids were all alive and well when we got home.
*The Imagination Station is open from 10-6, 7 days a week, for free play (donations encouraged). We will *definitely* be going back as a family. But sans alcoholic beverages.