playgrounds

A Parent’s Guide to Playground Games

This summer, we spent many mornings touring playgrounds all over the metro area. It’s challenging to find playgrounds that are fun for all my kids, so they often play classic playground games to make the experience more fun. The best part about playground games is it’s a great way to meet other kids. I find it odd and miraculous no matter where we’ve been, kids seem to know the same games. There aren’t lengthy explanations of the rules. One kid will shout, “Who wants to play Groundies?” and before you can scamper up the big slide, kids are introducing themselves to each other. Often, I’d sit on my bench and watch them tear around and wonder what they were doing. After consulting with kids, I’ve developed a guide for other parents so they too ...

Colorado’s Nearly Perfect Playgrounds

We are lucky to have several stellar playgrounds and parks in Colorado. It seems like every city or suburb wants to out-do each other. With each new playground opening, families are the winners in this fierce competition. But still, I dream of the Ultimate Playground, with all the best features brought together in one astonishing configuration of fun. Here are the best features of the best playgrounds in Colorado. If recreation planners took each element, they could build a super-playground. It may even be able to fold itself into a massive crime-fighting robot given the right conditions. The Perfect Playground has Water Features: It seems like every new playground includes fountains. They go by different names, including splash pads, spray-grounds, band-aid looseners, and place-to-get-you...