Not So Lazy Days: Last week of summer begins with play time at Wood Park
After being limited in outdoor activities thanks to the hurricane, we had to find a dry playground for the boys to burn off their energy. We found one in Cinnaminson at Wood Park.
The bright red, white and blue equipment mixes new challenging equipment with the old-school faves. The three see-saws first caught the boys' eyes. Then, they noticed the main equipment set looked more like a "ninja warrior" course than my living room couches.
There were monkey bars for both big kids and little kids (the little kid ones are hidden under the equipment's steps), a curved open-hole rock wall, and pendulums to walk across. Of course, slides were included.
Behind the main equipment set was a line of swings (both baby and regular) and a piece of equipment I don't think I've seen since I was in elementary school-- a roundabout.
Immediately, they seemed to know what to do when presented with the almost extinct roundabout. Holding on, they ran quickly, and when they they thought it was going fast enough, they jumped on, trying different rest positions each time. They must have spun this thing 25 times. I was a little disappointed neither child laid down and looked up at the sky like I used to do.
When they were done spinning the first time (they went back twice), they climbed around the main equipment a little before discovering another piece of equipment sitting next to the see-saws. It was the spinning device replacing the roundabouts in many playgrounds. This one is like a Sit-n-Spin, or even the Teacups ride at Disney. Children sit and pull on the wheel, using gravity to spin the equipment.
The park also includes ball fields, basketball court and a gazebo. There are a few picnic tables and a bench for rest around the playground.
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!