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Not So Lazy Days: Playtime lasts at Wellwood Memorial Park

Updated on August 22, 2011
The hippo was a favorite attraction at the playground at Wellwood Memorial Park.
The hippo was a favorite attraction at the playground at Wellwood Memorial Park. | Source
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Wellwood Memorial Park:
W Maple Ave & Linden Ave, Merchantville, NJ 08109, USA

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Field Trip

It was a beautiful day with a nice breeze, so it would be a waste if we didn't discover a new to us playground. We found Wellwood Memorial Park in Merchantville.

The loosely fenced park includes war memorial, ball field, tennis courts, gazebo, paths and a playground with equipment for preschoolers and school-age children.

The oldest brought his scooter and spent a majority of his time scooting along the various paths with other other children he made friends with. The little one soaked up all parts of the playground.

He loved attempting to climb the fireman pole, sliding down the red slides and swinging on the swings.

However, it was obvious the best equipment in the mulch was the hippo "statue," as the little one called it. The back was open so small children could climb in and peek out the open mouth.

There was also a caterpillar-like (the little kids all thought it was an alligator, but there were definitely more than four feet on that thing) figure to climb, but the kids all gravitated to the hippo.

Because there is so much ground to cover at this park, the boys never sat around wondering what to do. But, there wasn't so much ground that they were racing around trying to take in everything before it was time to go.

Most importantly, the boys enjoyed playing with the kids from the neighborhood of the park and cannot wait to return.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!

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