We initially called our Wednesday playgroup Wednesday Waddlers because we met for a walk, but now that the weather is so warm we would rather play at the waterpark or in a wading pool, so I’m going to change the name to Wednesday Waders. Hope the group is OK with that – the joys of being the organizer is that you get this dictatorial power to make these types of changes and probably noone will complain. Then again, there might be a coup! <lol>
Danika came to play this morning and we shot this really cute video of the kids dancing … well, it’s more of Nicholas bowling her over! She’s a year older, but he definitely weighs more!
Our afternoon outing was to explore one of the many wading pools in our area – I’ve got a huge list of parks to try before the end of summer. To help me out for next summer, I’m going to rate each park we go to this year based on a set of criteria, including accessibility, parking, shade, amenities, and overall enjoyment. Today’s park will get a pretty good score (when I decide what the rating system will be). Mackin Park highlights – decent parking, on a major road, wading pool with lifeguards, covered picnic tables, decent amount of shade on relatively flat ground (although one area we sat in was quite sticky from the tree sap/pollen). Thumbs down: no concession (but there’s a 7-Eleven across the street for all you Slurpee fans, like me). The quality of the playground doesn’t really matter to us this year, but it looked pretty good and was definitely popular with the young folk!
Last week, we tried out Blue Mountain Park. Highlights – lots of parking (best on the north side as it’s mostly shaded all day), good waterpark (but my feet were sore from the concrete – the only waterpark where I haven’t found that is at Rocky Point where they’ve used rubber mats), wading pool with lifeguards, good playground, lots of shade, tons of picnic tables (both in sun and shade), and a concession stand.