Playgrounds, I swear, are a mother’s best friend. Free entertainment that will wear out the kids. What more could you ask for? (Except possibly slides that don’t heat up to 400 degrees in the sun, but I digress….)
Being in the ‘burbs, we have playgrounds thither and yon. They are in the neighborhoods, at the schools, near the soccer and baseball fields. Positively everywhere. And when the kids find a new one… it’s like watching a shopaholic discovering a clearance sale. Excitement, anticipation and bliss all at once.
But here’s the thing: not all playgrounds work for all kids. Some are built for little toddlers and others are obviously meant for the bigger kids. We’ve gone to some parks where the playground equipment was either too little for my kids or too ancient that they’ve been bored within minutes.
So this summer, I asked the twins to map out all of their favorite playgrounds. They used some craft paper that I bought at IKEA and some new crayons (is there anything better than brand-new crayons?) that I busted out for them from my stash of cheap school supplies. They spent most of the morning deciding which playgrounds they were going to include, what they were going to nickname them and how they should depict them on their map.
They ranked which ones were their top “go-to” parks (the “Rocket Park” and the “Zipline Park” took those honors) and decided to keep track of how many times they visit each one during the summer. They also told me that we should try to discover new playgrounds so they could put them on their map as well. Our goal for the summer is to find 25 playgrounds in our area.
Then we headed out to “Zipline” park before the heat of day chased us indoors.
And they zipped.
Tired, hot and sweaty we headed for the car. One down, 24 to go.
How many playgrounds do you have in your area? And what’s the coolest one you’ve ever seen?