We went to the McCaffery Playground after checking out the Harry Potter Exhibit in Times Square (pretty cool if you have any Potter fans). The playground was almost empty but I attribute this to the lunchtime hour. The equipment is relatively new and unique. Annie loved the monkey bar bridges because she could use them as low-level hanging bars. Lexi, on the other hand, was a little bored with the lack of "real" monkey bars. The playground reminds me of that article in the New York Times, "Can a Playground Be Too Safe?". The jungle gyms were a few feet shorter than the older models and although Annie thrived in the setting, Lex abandoned most of the equipment and spent her time on the swings. Because the playground is close to Times Square, a lot of non-kid-business-type-adults use the space as a place to eat lunch so make sure to keep a close eye on your belongings and your children.
• Funhouse Mirror
• Broken Chain Climbing Net • Some Non-Kid Adults
What It's Got
• Sprinklers • 2 Jungle Gyms (1 Large, 1 Tots) • Funhouse Mirror • 4 Swings • 2 Baby Swings • 2 Slides • (2) Monkey Bar Bridge • Climbing Ropes • Hopscotch • Spiny Thing • Chain Climbing Net (Broken) • "Telephone" Speaker •Basketball Court • Trashcans • Working Water Fountain • Hard-Rubber Tile (Built into the ground)
What Parents/Nannies Should Know
• 1 Entrance • Bathroom Inside Playground • Benches/Stadium Seating • Two Levels • No Blindspots (If you sit in the middle) • Half Shaded • Some Non-Kid Adults
Ratings: (out of 5)
"It's nice, but it'd be more funner if it had monkey bars."
"I can hang upside down!"