Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Adventure Playground

The Pirate Jig

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.
-Winnie the Pooh

There's a park on the waterfront appropriately named Adventure Playground. It's a place where kids can pound nails, build forts and let their imaginations run wild. This playground is a challenge for my inner helicopter parent. In my less generous moments, I call it "Tetanus Park". Really, let the boys play with tools and nails?! Climb structures only God knows will stand?! But it is an adventure ... and a glorious adventure at that!

Posing with Fab Four painted on the side of a boat
Nico and The Fab Four

An old piano sits outside for play
Matteo and the Piano

So many things to climb...
Matteo Plays

... and play

Projects to build
Nico Hammers

Walls to paint
luca paints

Little hands learning (with mama close by!)
Little Hands

Letting the Wild Things out!
Wild Things

It's a happy place for my busy boys

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

-Jawaharlal Nehru

adventure playground


boatbaby said...

What a fabulous treasure to have in your community! I would love to have something like that near by. Instead I let my son climb all over the boat yard ;)

cat said...

oh my gosh...the girls would be in heaven! so wonderful!

momma rae said...

wow! what a place to adventure! i love *my inner helicopter parent*. you make me giggle. i can empathize with the tetanus potential and with the boys untethered wild rumpus! ;)

Lisa said...

We were there a few weeks ago. Can't get enough of this place! My kids LOVE the zip-line.
We always head down to the shore and hunt for crabs afterwards. Your boys are getting so big!!
have a great week

Joy said...

I've seen these in magazines (and heard them talked about in Last Child in the Woods) and always wished we had one near us. How much fun your boys seem to be having! You seem to have access to all the best things! We might need to come visit you. :)

*erin* said...

Wow, what an awesome park!! My boys would love it. I might hide the hammer from my accident-prone 2yo, but otherwise it looks great;)

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Sweet photos, Marina. I have memories of playing there when I was a kid. It is full of junk, which is the most creative, fun part!

Traumkraut said...

lovely pictures!
I really like that place and I miss something like that in this town :-)


micha said...

A really cool place!

Jen said...

So fun! After reading Last Child in the Woods, I want to campaign for one of these in my town.

Jennifer said...

What a fabulous playground! Your boys look blissfully happy playing there. We go to a fair every fall here in Maine that has a wonderful children's area with boards, nails, and hammers. My son loves it....and always develops a post-fair cold a few days later that I blame on the hammers!

Jessica said...

We have nothing like that here...every playground thingy is molded, ugly faux-wood or plastic.

Your photographs are breathtaking--such joy and freedom.

Tahara said...

This is so cool...I love the quote!

I saw this before but realized I got off the computer before I left a comment :-)

christina said...

Wow that place looks amazing! My children would absolutely love such a playground, filled with simple and wild fun!!!
:) Christina

Anonymous said...

What a fun place for adventure!

alex said...

Wonderful photos, lovely children. Whereabouts is this adventure playground? I am researching to write a post on these adventurous gifts to play in my blog


alex said...

Wonderful photos, lovely children. Whereabouts is this adventure playground? I am researching to write a post on these adventurous gifts to play in my blog