Are you ready for the next Playground Review in our new series?
Of course you are! We have a lot of playgrounds to get to this summer, so let’s get going!
This week we visited Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Center and Children’s Farm, of course we picked the third day of 90 degree weather to go, because…..we like to punish ourselves? Actually, it was this month’s summer meet up location for our homeschool co-op. Fortunately it was still rather early in the morning so the heat hadn’t really set in and we were actually able to get a couple hours of play in, aided by fresh watermelon, bubbles, sunscreen and plenty of water.
We’ve only been to Lockwood Park a couple times, and every time I wonder why we don’t go more often! There’s just so.much.to.do. And the kids love it! You see, Lockwood is home to a variety of animals; pigs, cows, chickens, goats on their children’s farm. There’s a huge 15-mile trail system where you can hike, bike, or go horseback riding. That’s right, horses, Lockwood happens to be an Equestrian Center where you can board your horses, take horseback riding lessons, attend camps in the summer, or even take a ride on the pony ring! You can stop by the Trailside Souvenir Shop on Fridays and Saturdays to get a special reminder of your time at the park!
Now, here’s one of the cooler features of the park….there’s even an Observatory that offers free public viewing sessions at dusk every 2nd and 4th Saturday, weather permitting. So you and the kids can get out and view the stars! So cool!
If you have a green thumb, but not enough space, you can rent garden plots and plant a garden! Another thing you can check off the Not a Bummer Summer Checklist.
But anywho, we’re here to talk about the playground, specifically. So let’s get to it!
There are two separate playgrounds at Lockwood. One geared towards toddlers and one for older kids. The only problem is that they are separated by a covered bridge, with the toddler playground(and swings) just off the parking lot. So you can’t utilize both playgrounds if you want to keep an eye on all of your kids(assuming you have kids across multiple age groups). But that honestly didn’t bother us much, as we just let the toddler run around the big playground with our supervision and assistance.
The playground was rather sunny at the time of day we went. But if I recall correctly it does get more shaded later in the day. One big bonus is the water fountain right next to the playground so even on sweltering days, like the day we went, you have plenty of access to water if you forget to bring some or the kids drink everything you brought. With all the water the kids will be consuming, you’re going to need a bathroom. Luckily there are several options, If you’re feeling up for a short walk on the Candyland themed path to the Children’s Farm you will have access to your standard bathroom, complete with stalls and flushing action! Woohoo!
If it’s an emergency…we all know how kids like to wait until the last second…there are a couple port-a-potties scattered around the area.
There are plenty of spaces for you to sit while watching the kids, browsing Facebook, or reading a book. And they were all pretty shaded. There’s a nice picnic shelter, where we were camped out with our group. You can head up to the Children’s Farm to take a peek at the animals. If you want to feed them though, you need to stop at the Equestrian Center to get special food for them…human food can make them sick.
Overall, Lockwood Park is a great place to take the kids to play. There’s so much to do. I gave it a 4 out of 5 Sock Monkeys and the kids said 4.5 out of 5. It was really hot the day we went and they were disappointed they didn’t get to see the animals because they were all hiding out. I didn’t like how exposed the playground was to the sun, how far apart the two playgrounds were, and how the additional activities at the park have limited hours…but if you’re only going to the playground that’s not a deal breaker. No matter what the kids are sure to love the HUGE cow sculpture by the playground and the little pig sculpture by the Children’s Farm. We highly recommend taking the kids as often as possible!
Have you ever been to Lockwood Park? Did you love it as much as we did?
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