This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Another things I have noticed at the several Landscape Structures parks I have been to in my area is that they have features that allow for discovery and creative play. At this particular park there was an art type feature that my oldest daughter loved. Any park that lets her be an artist is her new favorite park. Check out her little creation.
One Saturday a few weeks ago we decided to “park hop” to several new-to-us parks. I decided to turn on the location on my phone and Google parks around us. We had a fun time exploring new parks. Of course finding parks this meant there were hits and some were misses. When I step away from a Landscape Structure parks, it is kind of a gamble about the ability level the park was intended for. It was still a fun day and we were able to find a couple really great parks we definitely want to visit again.
Word of Mouth
Word of mouth recommendations from friends seem to usually be best because one of the people has experience with the park and is able to answer all the questions of the inquiring person. When we first moved here we kept hearing about a park that was supposedly incredible. It took seven years but we finally visited it on our “park hop” day. I’m glad we waited because it turns out the park (which was previously really old and wearing down) had just be freshened up with new play equipment and structures. It indeed was an amazing park.
Another way to get word of mouth recommendations is to strike up a conversation with a parent of a child at the park you are visiting. Maybe they are local to the area and know about more parks around. It seems like whenever I’m at a park with my kids I end up speaking to at least one other Mom. This is a great time to ask their recommendation.
Search parks in review sites like Trip Advisor. Here you get the benefit of reading people’s opinions, which is basically like a word of mouth recommendation. People love to write reviews of things they love and things they hate, so you’ll definitely find out if a certain park would be a good visit or not.