Posts Tagged ‘KaBOOM’

{Playground Challenge Roundup} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 26th, 2013

The KaBOOM! Summer Playground challenge is over, and I think I’m finally recovered to put together my thoughts. It was six weeks, from July 2nd to August 13th of checking out parks in our area, taking a picture with my phone and their Tag! app, and of course, playing. To see what my oldest thought […]

 

The KaBOOM! Summer Playground challenge is over, and I think I’m finally recovered to put together my thoughts. It was six weeks, from July 2nd to August 13th of checking out parks in our area, taking a picture with my phone and their Tag! app, and of course, playing. To see what my oldest thought of it, check out his blog post here.  Here’s a few take aways of our summer of playground park play (say that three times fast!)

  • We are so, incredibly lucky to be able to live in an area that is rich in playgrounds, both indoors and outdoors.
  • I created a small, playground monster in my youngest son. Even now, months after the challenge is over, he wakes up asking me what park are we going to visit today.
  • To differentiate between parks with playgrounds, and parks without playgrounds, we coined the term “adventure park” for those that didn’t have a playground.
  • Getting outside, every day, was as much fun for me as it was for my kids. Sometimes it’s nice to get out!
  • With visiting playgrounds in the city, we’d walk around and also visit small, local bakeries and shops and support local businesses as well. Such fun all around!

We’re definitely going to continue visiting playgrounds throughout the winter, the spring, and next summer. Also, through this we participated in a local playground build in our city, improving an existing park with more playground equipment. And we are all looking forward to our upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. and visiting the KaBOOM! officies and their Play Academy and sharing our throughts about the Summer Playground Challenge! So go out there, find some playgrounds, and get your play on!

 

Some of the best things about parks in the area? The view. This was at a new find for us, Richmond Beach Saltwater park.

 

We also discovered this awesome park close to our house! Forsgren Park

 

My younger son gives his stamp of approval for this playground.

 

We also found this awesome playground/wetlands near our home (North Rose Hill Park)! It had a toddler playground on one end of the park that had this cool big rig truck for kids to climb

 

Then through a short mile walk through a boardwalk covered wetlands area, you reached this cool castle park playground on the other side of the park.

 

This was the new family recreation playground at the Bonneville Lock and Dam

 

Lounging around at our favorite park, Grass Lawn Park in Redmond

 

It even has a toddler spray area to play in as well

 

 My personal favorite was when the boys would play nicely with each other. This is Enatai Beach Park in Bellevue.

 

Another new favorite, North Acres Spray Park in Shoreline

 

And sometimes, you find parks in the most unexpected places.  This is Albert Davis Park in Lake City. Probably only half a city block, but my kiddos had so much fun playing here.

 

It’s not the size of the park, but how much fun your kids can have. So get them out, and PLAY!

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{What My 7yo Did This Summer – In His Words} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 28th, 2012

We did the KaBOOM! Summer playground challenge and boy was it ever fun! Not only did it let us explore the awesome playgrounds near us, but my kids woke up every day asking “what parks are we going to today mommy?” It made my heart swell to have them so excited to go out and […]

 

We did the KaBOOM! Summer playground challenge and boy was it ever fun! Not only did it let us explore the awesome playgrounds near us, but my kids woke up every day asking “what parks are we going to today mommy?” It made my heart swell to have them so excited to go out and PLAY! And let me tell you, we played hard. In the hot sun. In the rain. In the fog. I asked my older son his thoughts about the playground challenge and I was pretty amused when he asked if he could do his own blog post. So here, in his own words (and pictures), a seven year old’s take on the playground challenge!

 

Meet my 7yo!

 

A self portrait

 

What did you like most about the playground challenge?

Answer: going to parks! (I love his labelling on all his drawings. this was a playground that had twin side-by-side slides that both of my boys loved)

 

What did he think all playgrounds should have?

answer: RINGS! (do you love that he drew “sweat” drops too?)

 

Draw your favorite play area.

Answer: North Acres Park (this is my favorite drawing set of all. the parents on the “hell aka hill”. the ice cream truck that was ALWAYS there. and his representation of what the water spray park looked like was pretty accurate!)

 

What do you think all playgrounds should have?

Answer: monkey bars (again, he drew the “sweat” dripping down from himself. heh!)

 

 

 

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{Go Outside and PLAY!} Seattle Area Children’s Photographer

August 2nd, 2012

The boys and I have embarked on the KaBOOM! Summer Playground Challenge this summer as well. Basically, you go outside, and play. Simple, right? We are fortunate that we live in such a beautiful area with an abundance of parks, skate parks, walking trails, green space, state parks, and wonderful places to play outside. So […]

 

The boys and I have embarked on the KaBOOM! Summer Playground Challenge this summer as well. Basically, you go outside, and play. Simple, right? We are fortunate that we live in such a beautiful area with an abundance of parks, skate parks, walking trails, green space, state parks, and wonderful places to play outside. So go outside and play. Get dirty. Find a new park. Have a picnic. And above all else, have some fun!

If you are in the Seattle area, this is a great resource:  Best Parks in Seattle

If you are on the Eastside (Kenmore, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah) check this out:  My Parks and Recreation

 

 Sandel Park.  Seattle, WA

 

Cedar Groves Park. Bothell, WA

 

Rotary Park.  Woodinville, WA

 

Log Boom Park.  Kenmore, WA

 

Imagine Childrens Museum.  Everett, WA

 

Peek A Boo

 

Blythe Park.  Bothell, WA