New Park

IMG_1909IMG_1895IMG_1901IMG_1906IMG_1897Harper pestered me for a while to take him to the new park. Living in South Dakota it isn’t always easy to find the right day to go thanks to our variable weather. We had some free time on our last nice day of the winter (it was in the 60’s) so I grabbed a chai and took the plunge. It was talked up in our local media as having modern amenities and I didn’t really see it as first but I left the park impressed.

The park is split into different sections, each section has a theme. The longer we were there the more I noticed little perks the park had, like coffee cup holders on bigger attractions. Everything seemed to spin or twist, all structures allowed for climbing (which is a second favorite of Harpers, jumping is first) and as I noticed these I was drawn to play on them myself. The park was clean, well planned, it even had boring, public durable stair climbers for the adults to use as they watched the kids. The park even had a strange large table with lights which was obviously some sort of adult or bigger kid attraction. Without reading the directions Harper and I found it was basically a very large modern whack-a-mole, it was fun and I could help but think how much fun this park would be for us adults after happy hour.

There are a few downsides: parking. We parked at the civic center, there is also some parking in the downtown area. I chose the civic center because it was free without risk of parking tickets and we didn’t have to cross Omaha St. Omaha is a very busy street that runs along side the park. It’s close to the play area but far enough away that you don’t have to worry about your kids running into traffic as long as you are watching them. If you have a hard time walking a distance then you shouldn’t go to this park. The walk there is further than walking from the back of a WalMart parking lot and you will likely be moving a lot within the play area. You may be able to park closer at the restaurant across the street but I am not sure if the restaurant allows that or not.

All around it is a fun park if you have some energy, unless you have very introverted children that don’t like to run you will probably be fallowing them back and forth through the different parks. This isn’t totally a bad thing though, if you are young at heart you will have no problem being entertained and playing on the equipment yourself.


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Having a toddler is so magical and tiring. We get so many comments about how active our little dude is but I wouldn’t have him any other way. Sure he looks cute and inquisitive here, but within 2 minutes of this photo we got in trouble by a member of the Phoenix Children’s Museum because we let him use the mallets on the drum next to this xylophone because other kids might want to play the xylophone. I politely rolled my eyes and complied incase any of the invisible children around us wanted a turn. The gentleman obviously did not understand that this was a play place for children but I also have room for improvement in teaching my child. 

It’s hard to understand just what exactly a toddler can and can not handle. I struggle with if I’m disciplining him enough or if he even is fully aware of consequences. He does on occasion, he knows that turning the tv off while looking us square in the eye is going to result in a time out, but does he doesn’t fully get the world around him because he’s only 19 months old. I pray that I don’t squash who he is and still nurture a sense of respect and discipline but that will come more as he grows. for now we will enjoy all the play time we can handle.