I'm not a mall person, but I can always tolerate The Grove. It's an easy place to take the kid and just hang out. A good hint about food though: go next door to the attached Farmer's Market instead of the restaurants in The Grove itself. You can get a great meal that is relatively inexpensive. And there's a great variety of food there, so everyone in your party can get exactly what they want and not be limited by one restaurant menu.