It is summer and our attention is drawn to outdoor play. If anything, slides, swings, jungle jims and other playground features are nothing if not great big toys. I recently wrote a piece entitled "Dangerous Playgrounds; are they a good idea?” After reading it, Charlotte Fixler, Communications Manager for ThinkFun sent me a piece she found entitled “America’s Coolest Playgrounds.” There were nine shown, here are the ones I liked:
The first one pictured is MonstroCity (see above) in St. Louis at the City Museum. The author, Sarah Weir, describes it as “post-apocalyptic.” I used to live in St. Louis and what I remember fondly was a playground that you could see from route 40 that contained the longest slide I have ever seen.
I don’t know how much fun this playground in Clemyjontri Park, Fairfax County, VA actually is but doesn’t it look like a giant board game? (see below)
Only in New York would you find a playground described as the biggest in the country. It’s at the New York City Hall of Science Playground in Queens. (see below)