Do ball crawls even still exist? I haven't seen a true ball crawl in years. Remember that ginormous ball crawl in the funhouse at Lagoon? Heaven knows what was crawling around at the bottom of that thing! I once reached deep down into the pit and felt what I believed to be a jello mold. As time progressed and I became more knowledgeable, I believe what I really touched was either a tub of melted down jelly bracelets or a discarded breast implant.
My buddy once said he found ten bucks in that cesspool of plasticity. Therefore, with every visit, I would take a deep breath and navigate the depths of the germ invested swamp. I never found ten bucks, but I undoubtably contracted several colds and I think perhaps hepatitis B. That reminds me, I need to be retested.
The theory of the ball crawl is that kids will enjoy crawling around in a large vat filled with balls. Good theory, but kids will pretty much crawl around in anything. They could have opened a sesame seed crawl at the local park and the line would have gone around the block. The balls just seemed the most sanitary option and kids would not be shaking seeds out of the ears days after the crawl.
The ball crawl funland has been replaced today by water playthings like the giant water ball at the zoo or the fountains at the Gateway. I am sure this is for the best. Parents would much rather see their snotty nosed kids touch a giant, water covered ball than see their snotty nosed kids diving head first into a group of plastic balls that are covered in the snot of a child that is not their own. - It's the water makes it okay - it dilutes the snot. Plus, they must put chlorine in those things, right?
This entire discussion that I am having with myself reminds me of another story. When Lincoln was about 3 years old, he went to McDonalds with his Grandma Yospe. While the Grandparents ordered the usual cholesterol busters, they allowed Lincoln to play in the tubes of the playland. In a moment of desperate need, he was not able to find his way out in time and completely sticky'd the inside of a tube... with urine. My mom said that she could see kids crawl through it while he just stood there and screamed. Apparently, they could also see the urine just pouring out of the side of the tube. Once Lincoln was able to navigate his way out of the maze of toddler terror, they left, food in hand. They were not sticking around to see the fallout of that situation. However, I am sure that the other parents were very appreciative of Lincoln's gift as their children returned to their table with sticky hands and piss stained levi knees.