How is that for a bold title? While we’re not getting dripped on, it’s time to grab those coats and seize the sunshine!
There are tons of great playgrounds in the area, and my boys and I love finding new ones. Eventually, we may just get to all of them, but for now I have a Top 10 list for you-partly because it’s easier, and partly because I love Top 10 lists.
This is actually 5 of the 10, because I’m splitting this post in half.
Think my list is off base? Let me know! Seriously!
10. The playground at Pt.Defiance We called this the purple slide park for years. It’s a smallish play structure, but it has a good variety of play equipment for young and old children, and it’s at Pt.Defiance so you have loads of other options if the playground gets dull. We like to walk down the stairs and look at the boats at the marina or walk the beach. The playground is just before the turn to the zoo.
9. The Fircrest Tot Lot Not the most exciting playground unless you’re the mother of a 2 year old who seems bent on running into traffic. Two words: Fully fenced. It’s on Contra Costa sort of across from the Fircrest Community Center (not at the center itself) and just down from the pool.
8. Kid’s Gig Gig Harbor. Volunteer built, castle like structure. In between Discovery Elementary and Gig Harbor High School, it’s open to the public when school isn’t in session. Btw, school playgrounds are Great outings during the summer and school holidays. While your local park is swamped with daycares and school groups, the neighborhood school is typically a ghost town. When your kids realize they don’t have to wait in line for the swings or the tetherball, they’ll be in heaven!
7. Wildwood Park Puyallup-It’s worth a drive to come to this little used, wooded park in Puyallup. The playground itself isn’t grand, but it’s right next to a little creek that is tailor made for kids to muck around in. It’s an especially nice park on hot days, and it’s never crowded. The acres of woods are also fun to explore. Before you hear it from someone else: Yes, there was a brief time when folks were advertising on Craig’s List that this was a good spot to meet for, ‘um….”romance.” Don’t Worry: It’s been totally cleaned up since then, and we’ve been many, many times without a problem.
6.Rainbow Play Systems in Algona-Not a park, but a fantasy for kids who love play structures. Kids can come play during open playtimes at the Rainbow show room. No sales pitch involved, but you’re asked to sign up before you come. Read my original post here. CLOSED to open play
Come back tomorrow for the Top 5. I’m also doing a few giveaways on the Facebook page today. You can check back here for the announcement, or just hang out on Facebook (do go have some fun first)!
If you think it’s too chilly for outdoor play, it’s dollar movie day at the Starplex in Federal Way, and there are several open times at area bounce places. Find all that and more under the Rainy Day Play tab.
Don’t miss our fully updated roundup of the Best South Sound Playgrounds!