One of the best parts of Summer is the fact that it’s so easy to get out and go places. When you live in a place where you’re trapped inside for months during Winter months being able to be out and about is wonderful. A great way to do this is to play at a community playground. A bonus is that while it’s fun to do it is also free!
We were lucky because it was so warm early on this year, so we’ve been able to get to the playground for months now. Nick really likes to go and swing in the swings. Sometimes he’ll find another little kid to sort of play with, but his favorite thing is to people watch. In fact he doesn’t usually have that great of a time if there aren’t any kids to watch while he’s swinging.
The slide is another fun piece of equipment to play on. Sometimes I put Nick at a point on it and sort of hold him while he slides down (he’s not a huge fan of the slide) and sometimes we’ll go down the slide together. There was information circling around parent groups earlier this year though that said many young children are having their legs broken when the go down the slide in someone’s lap because their legs are getting caught on things. I personally think though that if you’re careful, and keep the kids hands and arms inside the slide, then likely everything will be fine. It is important information to take note of though.
Playgrounds are full of other fun pieces of equipment to play on as well. Play structures that can allow kids to climb up them are always a big hit with older kids. As are monkey bars, tire swings, and anything else that allows for climbing and playing around on. Our playground also has the cars on springs that rock back and forth. Sometimes Nick likes them and other times not so much. The swings really are his favorite part.
Playgrounds are a wonderful place for kids to play during nice Summer weather. Even toddlers can get enjoyment out of them. Every town has different playgrounds, but most of them will have the basic play equipment, and all will allow kids to get out some good energy. Nick has really gotten enjoyment out of the playground this Summer (and lucky for us we live close enough to walk to one!). I’m sure next Summer though he’s going to want to play at the playground all the time.