Josiah has taken to running laps through the house. Or to spontaneously jumping up and down several times (it is very cute to see him master this skill).
Cold weather brings with it many wonderful things, like scarves, hot cocoa, Christmas, cinnamon and spice flavored foods, cozy clothes, etc. Pent up energy with no real outdoor release is not one of its most promising aspects. This is a new experience for this mama. What are we to do with all of this energy?
We’ve tried to spend time at playplaces like Chick-Fil-A and McDonald’s. We’ve intentionally gone AFTER lunch time thinking it would be less crowded, but it hasn’t really worked out that way. The first time we tried this, Josiah came home with a black eye and a welt on his forehead from getting stuck in tunnels with big kids and their feet. He only has fun if mommy or daddy join him…
Beyond the ice cream, playplaces just aren’t satisfying our playground itch.
“Play at 10 different parks” was one of the items on Josiah’s One Year Old Bucket List.
We had fun exploring new parks, and ended up visiting far more than 10. While Josiah might be OK going down the same slide over and over and over again, the mommy and daddy–who are constantly told to “come, come” (one of Josiah’s first words)–appreciate the variety. With all of our experience, I’d pretty much call myself an expert on good parks for toddlers.
So…what makes a good park for toddlers?
#1 Attraction = Slides.
There have got to be slides.
The side-by-side ones are kind of nice in the beginning as they develop the nerve to do it themselves.
Tunnels are fun, too!
Qualifying Statement: Tunnels are good for the kids…NOT the adults.
Animals are a fun bonus.
Lots of parks offer their own little “something special,” like dinosaurs…
It wasn’t until the very end of summer than Josiah’s pudgy little baby feet fit into tennis shoes. Before that he went everywhere in his crocs. At most of the parks we went to, the ground was covered with pea gravel. This does NOT go over well with crocs. Or rather, it does not stay under very well with crocs. Josiah couldn’t take a step without having to stop and empty his shoes.
Not an issue with woodchips! Even with tennis shoes, gravel seems to find a way in every now and then. We have yet to have a single “hitch-hiker” problem with woodchips.
Happy Playing! (I almost wrote “Happy Parking” and then realized that that is not what I intended to say!)
I’m linking up!