Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Palisades Park has a New Playground

Saturday even we stopped by Palisades Park (their facebook page. It's more current) for a little hiking and A LOT of playing on their new playground equipment. The kids love hiking AND parks, so it's always a treat to do both at one place.

Daughter found a rogue birthday balloon right as we started on the trail. She carried it for the entire hike.

At an intersection, announcing the letters. Well, Daughter was announcing letters. Son was just saying what she said. He's still learning.

"Look, Mommy. This tree is just my size. It's a for-me-tree."

We took a shorter hike than we usually do (only about 30 minutes) because I didn't want the kids to be too tired to try out the new playgrounds.

PlaygroundS? yes, two. There's one area designed for 2-5 year olds and a larger scale area for 5-12 year olds. The kids played in and loved both areas but really loved that the smaller equipment was just their size. (Remember how I've mentioned that Daughter names parks based on memorable things in them? She named this the Ryland and Finny park because it's their size)

I think this is the first time she's used playground rings.

His first time. hanging out.

monkey bars are a lot harder now that I'm older. Husband and I both tried the monkey bars on the older playground and laughed and laughed at how hard it was for us 'old timers'

easy peasy for a super climber

more climbing

tunnel sliding

Husband, the creeper, ALWAYS such a hands on parent. ;-)

We only had two negatives about the playgrounds. Inside the fence playgrounds, there was NO WHERE for parents to sit down except the ground - which was very soft because of all the wood shavings, but still. A bench wouldn't have broken anyone's budget. AND the swings. They were all ridiculously low to the ground. like when the kids sat in swing on either playground their bottoms were only about 4 inches off the ground!

Other than that, we all had a great time. Well, the kids had a great time regardless of those two things. They don't care about benches and too short swings!

If I ever take the kids by myself for hiking and playground fun, I will be breaking out The Mighty.


Rita Bird said...

That's strange my blog doesn't show up. Sara Beth's doesn't update on mine, but in thought it was something wonky with my computer.

I also haven't been able to comment on some blogs, so I'm not sure if it's something going on with me or blogspot. Hmmmm....

Sara-Beth said...

I've had that problem in the past too.....not sure why things update sometimes and not other times.

Rita, I tried to add your blog to my "People I Stalk" list, but it wouldn't let me since your blog is private.

I've never had a problem commenting on blogs though except while using my nook.

And, by the way, Palisades Park looks amazing...kinda made me want to be a kid again :)