Elisabeth has been to Chick-fil-a and other places with those indoor play areas many times. But despite our encouragement, she goes up the stairs but then just comes right back down the same way she climbed up. She never really makes it up to the fun stuff nor has she ever actually gone down one of the slides, until last week. Kelly and I were sitting outside the play area while the kids were inside. She would go in, climb up, climb back down and then come to the door and want out to be with us, just to get back down, go back in and repeat the cycle. After 6 or 8 times of her doing this, I went in and watched her. And all the sudden, she goes up and actually goes into the linked play tunnels and down the slide - first time ever.
I found this old post of Jonah's first attempt at enjoying these areas to their fullest - he was 18 months old. I couldn't find a post that spoke of his first successful attempt, but as I recall it was only a couple of months after this that he began to get comfortable playing in these areas. Yay Elisabeth!