Help us be active.
Playgrounds are really fun for little kids. The slides, the swings, the monkey bars are all places for kids to explore and test their limits, strength, and fears. But as a parent, they’re kind of lame. I don’t get a thrill out of going down an 8 foot slide anymore, so I, like other parents, end up standing on the sidelines, watching out of one corner of our eye and checking our email out of the other corner.
Sometimes, especially when my daughter was much younger, I’d play with her, but always felt like the eyes of the other parents were on me. Now, I stand with the others and wait until my daughter is done.
I haven’t figured this one out, yet. How could the playground be a place where we get to play together? Is it a matter of redesigning the physical structure, or just adding a game layer on top of it?