Guys…We got to check out a recently renovated playground, along with a BRAND NEW one! EEK!
This week I read about all the awesome that happened at Sinnissippi Park thanks to an amazing grant. We were already down in the area thanks to summer camp at the Rockford Art Museum, so I figured we might as well swing by Sinnissippi to see what all the fuss was about.
It was actually our very first time visiting the park for anything other than The Festival of Lights and the Snow Sculpting Competition, so it was definitely a different experience seeing the park without all that snow! It was beautiful! We took a quick drive through the park before settling in on the playground. The kids were super excited since this was all new to them.
It was a pretty overcast day which meant that it was a little hard to tell how shaded the playground actually was. The sun peeked out briefly and from what I could tell, the playground would be shaded for a good portion of the day. We discovered that the two playgrounds were rather far apart, so if you have kids in multiple age groups you would not be able to see both playgrounds at the same time. But the big kids playground did have baby swings as well as a chair swing so the little ones won’t feel totally left out while their older siblings play.
There were plenty of places to sit if you just want to let the kids run wild. And there is a paved walking path nearby if you wanted to take a stroll. If you’re lucky enough to be at the park on a Tuesday or Thursday evening in the summer you can even be treated to a free performance at the Music Shell, with concessions, music and more.
I had some ultra wiped out 7 yr olds with me, since they had just got out of camp, so we didn’t get to explore much beyond the big kids playground. There’s a nine-hole golf course(the very first golf course in Rockford when it opened), Pickleball courts, a lagoon, bag toss area, gardens, and several cookout shelters so you could really make a day of it if you wanted.
We briefly checked out the toddler playground, but the big kids were totally done by this point. All I have to say is that this totally NEW playground was pretty awesome. It had a nice soft, fluffy turf for the ground. No rocks, wood chips, or rubber for baby to taste test, and it definitely softens any falls. But the best part was the music theme! There were xylophones, drums, and other music themed features. A toddler dream come true! Everything was just the right height and there were no high areas that a little one could topple off of. I wish we had been able to play there longer!
We also didn’t get a chance to check out the bathrooms or drinking fountain situation, however, the Rockford Park District states that there a couple drinking fountains and a restroom.
Overall we really liked the playgrounds. It was quiet and not super busy when we went, the kids really enjoyed themselves and gave it 4 out of 5 sock monkeys. I have to agree with them on the rating. I liked the playgrounds, but I wish they were closer together so all of my kids could play on age appropriate equipment at the same time. And since I couldn’t see the bathrooms or drinking fountains from where we were, I have to assume they aren’t terribly close by. We definitely recommend both playgrounds. Next time we go, we’re bringing a picnic lunch and hanging out and exploring until the music starts at the Music Shell!
Have you ever been to the Sinnissippi Park playgrounds? Did you love them as much as we did?
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