|Take note of the ladder steps, as NYCMOM points out"My kid loves the slide but I think a less tough kid could get hurt in the scrambling of the steps..."|
If you live in New York City and are a frequent park hopper, chances are you've heard of the new playground in Union Square Park. What an adventureland! This playground has it all, plus about a dozen things you didn't even know existed. As Lexi likes to say: "Hello?!" a giant silver dome?! Annie was a little frightened of it at first, but once I showed her how to take off her shoes and use the padding of her foot to scurry up she was sold. The dome is a lot of fun I just hate to let the girls take off their shoes in a public space, even if it is for the greater good of exploring. The slides were insanely steep which is both refreshing and a little nerve-wrecking. Writing this I'm starting to see a pattern: The playground equipment is both exciting and terrifying. This is a good thing, right? Isn't figuring out how it works and then mastering it one of the best part of playgrounds ? I can't tell you how proud I was when Annie scrunched her eyes shut, hugged the fire pole, and let her feet leave the jungle gym platform for the first time. Well, Evelyn's Playground brings that feeling back for even the oldest of park hoppers. My one and only gripe-- Next-to-zero shade.
• Awesome, State-of-the-Art Equipment
• Almost No Shade • Hard-Rubber tiles are curling and easy to trip over
What It's Got
• Twirly Bar • Large Dome • 2 Climbing Ropes • 3 Leaning Bars • 3 Slides • Rotating Disc • Spinning Bar • "Telephone" Cones • Trashcans (Not Enough) • Hard-Rubber Tile Ground (old and curling at the edges, easy to trip)
What Parents/Nannies Should Know
• 2 Entrances, one to the other playground • Bathroom Inside Gates • Lots of stairs at the entrance (go to playground #2 for the handicap entrance) • Plenty of ledge seating, steps • Almost no shade • Lots of Big Kids • Barnes and Noble also has a bathroom available to people with kids in the children's section (Thanks CONULY for the tip!)
• Union Square Greenmarket (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) • Whole Foods • Cafe Medina (UES Mom says it has the best soup, plus lots of other kid friendly things. Thanks UES MOM!)
Ratings: (Out of 5)
"I like the really fast saucer and the things to talk to each other."
" I like those scary slides 'cause you go down down down very scary like."
|Notice the covered slide. To use it, kids must climb up the rocks to the right.|