This post is actually a bit overdue since we went to Smith's Playhouse and Playground over Memorial Day weekend but I really wanted to share about it since we had so much fun there!
So the Sunday before Memorial Day we wanted to go to the zoo before our membership ended, since that was part of our summer list on this post. But apparently lots of people had the same idea, since all the parking lots were filled. Don't worry, we did get to go to the zoo one more time before our membership ended at a later date. But on that Sunday, we didn't want to just turn around and drive home, so we did a quick search (since we had heard about it from friends) as to where Smith's Playhouse and Playground was and it turned out to be pretty much right down the street.
We took the short drive and was there in no time. Upon arrival, there were quite a few families having picnics right at the front lawn. And since our original plan was to have lunch at the zoo, we just took out our picnic blanket and sat down for lunch. We had a short but fortunately uneventful encounter with a wild raccoon. The kids ran around the lawn for a bit and then we decided to venture in.
You can read about the history to this place here. Admission is free, though there is a suggested $5 per family donation. It consist of a playhouse and a playground. The playhouse is for kids 5 and under. And the playground is for kids 10 and under, which an area dedicated for children 5 and under as well.
We decided to venture into the playhouse first. It had a collection of toys and some pretty elaborate dollhouses. But I was honestly no too impressed with the playhouse, it was a bit dirty and even though it had so many dollhouses, there were no dolls for the kids to play with, seems a bit pointless to me.
Now the playground area is a totally different story. It is really impressive when you first walk in and just take everything in. Lots of very fun things for the kids to play with, is entirely enclosed except for the entrance/exit so there is no fear of children just wandering off site, soft padded grounds, and a great area for age 5 and under. One of the main attractions in the playground is this huge wooden slide that you go down sitting on a sack, which we did once but was a little scary for our kids which are younger.
E4 had a blast there since he doesn't usually get to play in most playgrounds but there were plenty of things here for him in the 5 and under area.
We are so glad that the zoo was filled up that day, so we could go to Smith's. We will definitely try to go again in the future!
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Any fun free areas of play around where you live? Ever just stumble upon something great? Would love to hear from you.