I feel fortunate to live close to 3 parks/playgrounds that we can walk to. My kids love it! And aside from the obvious benefits of getting them outside and moving, there are the hidden reasons playgrounds are important…
1) Playing with peers helps develop social skills. It provides opportunities to make connections (for parents too.)
2) Kids can use their imagination to create new games. My son has been obsessed with American Ninja Warriors this summer. He uses any playground we find to help him “train.” And according to his doctor this really helped him with his core strength.
3) Being outside is calming. The fresh air, time away from screens, and listening to the sounds on the playground are unique.
Why do you love the playground?
Read this article for a list of the best cities for finding playgrounds: