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To let my son play in the fountain?

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CruCru Sat 14-Jun-14 15:16:44

On Thursday we were in Russell Square. My son was keen on the fountain (it is one that you can walk through, set into the ground) and it was hot so I stripped him down to his nappy and let him run through the fountain.

The mix of reactions was quite strange. Older people smiled but the younger office worker crowd looked a bit shocked and disapproving.

I was with him all the time and went in myself (wearing shorts). I had a towelling jumper to shove on him when he was done so he didn't get cold.

Nomama Sat 14-Jun-14 15:24:09

Nope! I'd have smiled too!

Silly buggers, they can sod off and take their suits back to the office. They were probably absolutely, jaw droppingly jealous smile

starfishmummy Sat 14-Jun-14 15:31:20

All those germs.

Sneezy Sat 14-Jun-14 15:33:20

Nope not at all. We have them here where I live it all the kids play in them. They put them on a setting where they do long and short bursts making it fun for the kids.
People will stare. Maybe they wanted to strip off and run in it too secretly wink

Indith Sat 14-Jun-14 15:35:51

Just googled a picture. That fountain is an invitation to play if ever I saw one! You have to love a good fountain splodge. This is ds2 the other day. I had to strip him nekkid and crry him back to the car afterwards grin.

Indith Sat 14-Jun-14 15:37:54

And he obviously isn't the only child to have ever done it! (Those ones are not mine, I just googled)

lurkerspeaks Sat 14-Jun-14 15:38:02

Not sure who the naysayers were. There are always kids in that fountain - I walk past it regularly.

Thumbwitch Sat 14-Jun-14 15:38:11

Oh goodness, if it's one you can walk through then YADNBU! how lovely for your DS. smile

CatsCantTwerk Sat 14-Jun-14 15:38:30


Andrewofgg Sat 14-Jun-14 15:40:28

Oh, sod 'em and good luck.

Cardinal Sat 14-Jun-14 15:40:47

Fountain splashing is one of the great joys of childhood!

YANBU! 'Germs' as a reason not to is laughable. Same kind of parent who doesn't let their kid climb trees and play in the mud.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 14-Jun-14 15:42:08

Germs? confused

We don't have any fountains near here sad We do have the sea though and I'm off work next weekend.

YANBU OP. That fountain looks like it was made for playing in.

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 14-Jun-14 15:42:26

Which Germs?

splendide Sat 14-Jun-14 15:49:31

Sounds like fun. I think you were misinterpreting the office workers though. Unless its the first time they've ever been there on a sunny day I don't believe they were shocked. There are often kids there.

Hoppinggreen Sat 14-Jun-14 15:50:38

We had to collect DH from our town centre station on Friday tea time and I say in the car while the DC (5 and 9) ran in and put of the fountains.
They were those ones that come out of the ground and take you by surprise.
There were lots of kids doing it and it looked like brilliant fun

gordyslovesheep Sat 14-Jun-14 15:58:23

YANBU DD3 has spent much of the lunch time (picnic with a free show) running through the fountains outside the sack of spuds in Brum grin - we are there every Sat (DD2 has drama club) and I now pack a change of clothes !

gordyslovesheep Sat 14-Jun-14 15:59:39


CSIJanner Sat 14-Jun-14 16:14:59

Bristol Central Promenade grin

AmazingMorning Sat 14-Jun-14 16:17:43

That sounds very fun! YANBU to let your son play in the fountain.

ooerrmissus Sat 14-Jun-14 16:20:03

My friends and I were in Russell Square the other week and we were splashing in the fountain.

We are in our forties. smile

Revenant Sat 14-Jun-14 16:20:06

There are always kids playing in the fountains there on hot days. The office workers were probably a bit jealous. I know i am!

WaitMonkey Sat 14-Jun-14 16:44:16

It was probably the nappy on display that caused the shocked faces. Some people don't like nappies on display and think a non toilet trained child should always have something covering the nappy. <mother I'm looking at you>. Off to google the fountain, sounds wonderful. smile

WaitMonkey Sat 14-Jun-14 16:47:45

Amazing fountain.

TheWavesHaveCome Sat 14-Jun-14 16:51:13

Germs? I guess some people, probably drunk ones, pee in there.

But then people pee in swimming pools too.

whynowblowwind Sat 14-Jun-14 17:03:49

I personally wouldn't have removed his clothes - if it's that hot, what he had on would have dried, and the children in the pictures seem to be clothed as well.

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