My favorite playground was torn down years ago, not too long after I moved out of my parents' house to live on my own. Playgrounds constructed with tires and wood are not easy to find these days, especially after people began to worry about safety issues and lasting materials. I have found some newer playgrounds that are great, but the nostalgia and magic of what I grew up with is more exciting to me than the similar looking plastic models I've found.
There is one park I take my boys to the most, partly because it's close to our house, partly because there are always other kids there to play with, and partly because of its uniqueness. It's new-ish, and built with sturdy materials, but it has three stories, six slides of varying grades and length, and at least a dozen different ways to climb up or across it. It's not your "average" playground, and I have yet to be told "I'm bored" when we go there. We all love it.
What makes a great playground? Is it the physical challenges it offers?
Is it the material it's made of?
Is it the feeling that it gives you? Is it the variety that it has? Is it the beauty or uniqueness it brings?
Go on a playground hunt with your kids. What features or favorite things do you look for? Explore the playgrounds in the towns around where you live or travel. Whether it's the fastest slide, the highest spot, the shadiest seat, the biggest swing, or the coolest looking merry-go-round you've ever seen, find what you love and share it with us. Take a picture and share it on Instagram at #thebestplaygroundever. You may help someone discover a new place to play. Happy climbing!
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