My kids have all been obsessed with weird things, but James’ latest favorite thing is definitely the strangest. Over the last month or so, James has become absolutely enamored with parking structures. Or, as he calls them, “cubby holes.”

I don’t know what it is about parking structures that have completely captivated him. I thought that it was maybe all the cars parked inside, but he never comments on them. I’ve started using “Hey, do you want to go see a cubby hole?” as a bribe/reward. As in, “If you’re good while we’re at the store, I’ll drive us to look at the cubby hole by our house!” It works every time.

Today I took him to get his haircut, and we parked in a parking structure. Of course, he was THRILLED.

I told him if he was good during his haircut, we could explore the cubby hole after he was done. It was like I’d promised to take him to Disneyland. After his haircut, he practically sprinted back to the parking structure. We climbed (5) flights of stairs to get to the top.

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Where he proceeded to run and dance around (for some reason, the top is closed, so there was no traffic).

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After he’d finished running around, he decided it was elevator time.

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And then, just for good measure, I drove around in circles inside the structure.

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He clearly hated it.

So I have two questions. First, has anyone else had a kid with such a weird love of parking structures? And two, does anyone know if I can throw his birthday party inside of one?