Little Trekkers Do London; Part Three - Our kind of playground!
The blurb on the sign on the way into the Diana Memorial Playground mentioned that it was designed in such as way as to encourage appropriate risk-taking behaviour. The designers weren’t wrong!
My nerves coped no bother with the rather lovely toddler area. It was a different story, however, when the Little Trekkers discovered the pirate ship!
It was brilliant and Harry and Chloe had an absolute ball! They started off exploring every inch and then got stuck in making up all sorts of stories and acting them out.
I’ll admit I had a few heart in mouth moments. Like this one!
Thankfully both Little Trekkers survived their afternoon at sea, including weathering a few severe gales.
I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to the park if you ever get the chance. It’s really fun and challenging with the added bonus of being gated and staffed, significantly reducing stranger danger. Ash nipped out for a coffee at once stage and nearly didn’t get back in! It was also clean as a whistle. Lots of kids were running around barefoot with no risk of stepping on litter. The fact that our two kept their shoes on for once was testimony to how engrossed they were in their play.
What a fitting memorial to a lady who loved children so much. I'm sure it would give her so much pleasure to know her park is providing families with fun and enrichment and at the same time encouraging parents and children alike to expand their comfort zones.
What do you look for in a playground and do your Little Trekkers have a favourite?
- Little Trekkers Do London: Part One - The Natural History Museum.
- Little Trekkers Do London: Part Two – Changing the Guard.
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About Me & Mine
Ashley (Dad/ 3rd child/ chief photographer). Me - Kerry (Mum/ the sensible one... sometimes). Harry (8) can't sit still and Chloe (nearly 6, thinks she can do everything Harry can and makes pretty good attempts too). We spend as much time as possible having "adventures" (which consist of anything which takes place outside and is accompanied by official “adventure sweeties”).
Favourite place in the world:
Ashley and me - The Ards Peninsula, Strangford Lough, The Mourne Mountains . Harry – Alan’s farm, anywhere with mud, sand, bugs or tractors or that requires a paddle or harness to get to. Chloe - Anywhere as long as it's outside and preferably with somewhere to toast marshmallows and drink “North Pole” hot chocolate
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Biking, climbing, canoeing, digging holes on the beach, making dens (or anything out of sticks), looking for squirrels, butterflies, crabs and Gruffalos. Chloe loves to collect stones, but we try to discourage that as we invariably end up carrying the most precious ones home. She managed to stash about 20 in her bag on a recent weekend away in Ballycastle and cunningly talked Uncle Pancake into carrying her bag to the car so we wouldn’t find out until it was too late. She currently has a fairly large cairn in her bedroom! Harry has a model dairy farm complete with stone walls built from beach pebbles in his bedroom. Neither has much room left for sleeping.