Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dance Place in DC

This weekend I was designing lights for CrossCurrents Dance Company at Dance Place. I have been there many times - use to work there - and generally feel completely at home there. But, now that I'm paying closer attention I couldn't help but notice that there was no changing table in the men's room.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chadwick's at Friendship Heights in DC

Went to the Friendship Heights location of Chadwick's last night for a drink. It was pleasant enough, but the bathrooms are downstairs, down a hallway and with no changing table in the men's bathroom. Walking past the women's bathroom I noticed a sticker indicating that there was a changing table in there, but not the men's room. What do they think dads are going to do when they are alone with their child who needs to be changed? 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mayorga Coffee in Silver Spring, MD

Right now I'm hanging out in Mayorga Coffee Factory in Silver Spring, MD enjoying a mint green tea and trying to get some work done. Went to the bathroom and though I don't have Adelais with me I noticed that they do have a changing table. It makes sense as they have had a variety of activities for kids - music events, play area, etc. - and I would guess that a lot of dads with kids in tow come in here to get work done. 

Saturday, May 23, 2009

National Arboretum & Alero

Yesterday I went to the National Arboretum in NE Washington, DC and again was so thrilled to be there - it is truly a "best kept secret" of our nation's capital. And in, at least, the Arbor House's Men's bathroom there is a changing table. In the main Visitor's Center's Men's bathroom there is not a changing table, but I'm not sure they could fit one in there and it doesn't look like it's been redone since 1950, so I'm giving them a break there. Of course, there's lots of open fields to plop the little one down and change where ever and when ever there's a need.

Unfortunately afterwards we headed over to Alero on U Street NW - a totally hip, trendy part of town with lots of overcrowded restaurants - including Alero. My burrito was nothing to return for and there was no changing table in the Men's bathroom.  

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Barnes & Nobles - Bethesda, MD

I didn't check out all the bathrooms at this Barnes & Nobles, but the men's room upstairs next to the café has a changing table - though, the bathroom was kind of a mess, the changing table had graffiti on it and there were no paper towels... So, yea, the bathroom was more gas station than upscale book sellers, but it did have the changing table.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Little Gym of Silver Spring

This is the gymnastics school that we take Adelais to on Saturdays. Since it is mostly for kids 18 months to 12 years it, of course, has a changing table in one of its bathrooms. Both bathrooms are gender neutral so it's not specifically for men/dads, but one is available to dads. The odd thing is that the bathroom that has the changing table is located in such a way that you have to walk through the room in which they hold the dance classes. This is fine most of the time because they don't have dance classes as often as gymnastic classes. But, when they do you have to use the bathroom that doesn't have a changing table - in which case it is difficult for dads, and moms. But, mostly this isn't a problem and Adelais LOVES her class there.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

REA College Park

I went this morning to the REI store in College Park to pick up a few things with Adelais and the first thing we had to do was change her diaper and I'm happy to report that they had a changing table in the men's room. It was a little small for my daughter - she is 2 years old now - but, worked just fine. 

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Plato's Dinner in College Park, Maryland

I love Plato's Dinner for its total dinner experience and for the fact that it is totally OK for my daughter to run around when she has the urge. But, they just redid the bathrooms and did not put a changing table in the Men's room. I complained to the hostess and she said she had received other complaints and has told the owner.