Today’s playground report is a two-for-one for fun loving kids near Kent.
One is a small playground worth a visit for its unique equipment, and the other is a destination worthy spot where you can spend the day (and have plenty of company)!
First up, the playground by the Wilson Play Fields. This isn’t a huge area, and most of the crowd here is playing soccer on the adjacent fields. But, if you’re in the area it’s worth a stop for the super cool musical play structure.
I’m not sure what to call this thing-it’s sort of like a giant, interactive Simon Says (for those of you old enough to know what That is), or a playground version of Dance, Dance Revolution for you young mommies (I still love you).
You choose different games, and then run around trying to hit flashing lights. I’ve never seen anything quite like it at a playground, and my 10 year old was super impressed with it. Let me tell you-it’s also a workout!
There are also some fun climbing structures that both boys enjoyed. Overall, it’s just not big enough to be a true destination playground, but I’d drive a good 20 minutes to impress your tween with the music thingie.
A few miles further away is Lake Meridian. Features a Huge, nautical themed playground with plenty for little and big kids. Mine loved the spinny, netted merry-go-round. There are also places to picnic, a swimming beach, a boat launch, and more. There is also a huge 4th of July celebration here (You’ll want to park off site and shuttle). We went to this one one year, and I thought it rivaled the big Seattle shows.
You can easily spend the day at Lake Meridian. Just know that it is a popular, busy place. The playground was absolutely swarming, and it is open on all side, including the one down to the water! If you have a runner, this may not be the place for you. I would probably also not take two young children without a second grown-up, as it’s just too hard to keep an eye on them with all the littles around. Do consider it the next time you’re rounding up friends and family and packing up the cooler and the floaties!