Posts in Playgrounds
If you're headed on a road trip, check out these playgrounds in Moncton from Pickle Planet Moncton and northern New Brunswick from There's a Shoe For That and the Annapolis Valley from Valley Family Fun.
Without fail, whenever I ask for everyone to share their favourite playground on social media I can be sure someone will mention DJ Butler Playground in Rockingham. I've driven by this spot a thousand times when I worked at MSVU, but I have never been here. Read about my first impression and how it changed after spending some time in the space.
If you have a child who loves fire trucks, be sure to take them to the Fire Truck playground at the Gordon R Snow Community Centre in Fall River - it's literally right beside a fire station and it's not uncommon to get a glimpse of the fire trucks heading to a call, or just out for a wash.
The Dartmouth Crossing playground is such a clever idea. It can either be a motivator for kids to be patient during the shopping so they can play here after, or a spot for one parent to take the kids while the other parent does the shopping (I see a LOT of dads and kids here hmmmm). The theme of the playground is "Go Wild" and it's designed like it's in the wild with a climbing tree, a boat styled swing and photo props.
This playground is CHOCKFUL of super duper fun stuff and I guarantee your kids will run wildly onto it and do about three laps before they can even figure out where to start. It's not super huge in actual space but the designers were so smart with the pieces and layout that you can get a lot of kids and a lot of fun in this space.
Bunchberry Lane Park in Spider Lake subdivision in Waveley was installed almost two years ago thanks to the community rallying together and lobbying for a safe, fun outdoor place for kids to play. I love these stories and I was eager to check out what the result was. I've got a full review with photos and a list of amenities in this post.
The Halifax waterfront submarine playground is a pretty amazing structure and my kids cite it as one of their favourites to play on. We live in the suburbs so when we take a trip downtown we always make sure to include it in our trip. When I was part of creating the 150 Coolest Playgrounds in Canada list (you can read more about that here), this was a no-brainer to include. Here's our thoughts on it and why, *gasp,* I don't actually like it much myself.
Victoria Park in Truro is a massive (ONE THOUSAND ACRES) park with a fantastic playground, trails everywhere, picnic tables, charming brooks winding through the woods, and a stunning waterfall. In short, it's the perfect destination for a fall road trip.
There are themed playground, accessible playgrounds for people with special needs, and natural playgrounds inspired by and made with elements found in nature. But the main reason you need to incorporate playgrounds into your Canadian road trip is because so many of these playgrounds have taken cues from their home communities and incorporated the local values and history of the area into the design.
This playground is tucked in Millwood subdivision in Middle Sackville at 155 Millwood Drive, almost next door to Millwood High, and just down the road from the Preschool Indoor Playground (and, hot tip...er I mean, cool tip, the Vineyard ice cream shop in the summer, yummmmm).
Grand Lake Oakfield Playground may be a little off the beaten path for many Haligonians where it sits on the side of Highway 2 between Laurie Park and Oakfield Park, but with two playground structures, swings, climbing tires and more, we think you'll agree it's worth the trip.
The Sackville Inclusive Playground is located on Sackville Drive, right next to the library. This pretty much make it an ideal location. You get to combine outdoor play with books, all in one outing.
A little over a year ago we visited the natural playground in the Annapolis Valley and it was a hit with our nature loving kiddos so we had high expectations for this one designed by Earthscape in the heart of our city.
The first time I walked into the Metro Vineyard's Preschool Indoor Playground in Sackville I remember releasing an audible sigh. FINALLY. An indoor play space that is designed for, no, better yet, RESTRICTED to, the 5 and under group.
Last week crews removed the ten-year-old wooden playground structure from the DeWolf Park Playground to prepare for the installation of new playground equipment, which includes a new rubberized play surface.
Playgrounds have long been the hubs of most neighbourhoods. In recent years more playgrounds are sitting unused as the physical fitness of Canada’s youth declines and screen time increases.