This week we are celebrating National Playground Safety Week with a collection of the top play spaces for your family to enjoy in and around Boston. Start by picking a play space to enjoy this weekend from our menu of playgrounds and parks, then maybe set a fun challenge to visit them all by the end of spring.
- The Boston Common Frog Pond – this traditional Boston play space’s carousel is reopening next week so plan be there to take one of the first rides of the season
- The Charles River Esplanade Play Space – look out over the beautiful Charles River as the kids climb on the state-of-the-art jungle gym and walk or ride bikes as a family along the 3+ miles of riverside pathways that surround it
On the Boston Harborwalk:
- Piers Park – this harborside gem features a 24,000 square foot playground, a spray pool, and a community boat house
- The Emerald Necklace – don’t forget old favorites like the Playstead at Franklin Park and the open play spaces throughout the 281-acre Arnold Arboretum
- The Charlestown Navy Yard – Boston’s first universally accessible playground for Bostonians of all abilities just opened here last November
- Larz Anderson Park – just outside of the city, this Brookline hotspot’s rolling hills and two baseball diamonds make it a perfect place for flying kites and playing ball
Wherever you play, play safely by keeping some simple guidelines in mind:
- Adults should always keep an eye on kids at play in case they need help using playground equipment, dealing with crowds of other children, or just generally getting around the play space safely and comfortably
- Look for play spaces that match the age of your children and their needs – it is often safer for children under 5 to use a young child-specific playground since they tend to play a little differently than bigger kids (like on infant and toddler-specific swing sets, etc.)
- Seek out play spaces that feature soft places to run, roll, and land like in grassy parks and playgrounds with springy rubber or other soft surfaces under the play equipment
It’s playtime! Have fun exploring all your city parks and playgrounds have to offer this weekend.