Sunday, March 7, 2010

Clemyjontri Park, McLean, VA

WOW!!! At the first sign of 60 degrees outside, we broke out of our indoor activity slumber and burst onto the scenes at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. Only 25 minutes from Silver Spring, MD., this park is an amazing way to spend time outside. The park is completely handicap accessible, and the entire park is on rubber mats which makes it safe and fun for kids of all ages. Not only was it safe, but the park was also huge and provided tons of options for our kids to play on.

The park had racetracks flowing through all of the different climbing apparatuses and kids were running around everywhere with many choices of places to jump and play. Our oldest son enjoyed climbing on the fire truck, running on the race track, and climbing on the rock wall. Additionally, there were monkey bars, swings, and tons of ramps that made it easy to get from one part of the climbing to another.

Another amazing part of this park was that they had a huge maze for kids to run through that was around 4 feet tall. It provided the kids with a lot of fun, but parents could stand on the outside of the maze and watch their children running through the different obstacles. There were also stations with information to learn from so that the children could also take something educational away from their day at the park. The only negatives to Clemyjontri were that there were so many people running around everywhere which made it a bit tough to keep an eye on your children, it is not well shaded which makes it hot in the summer, and the parking lot on the premises was small for the facilities. However, if you drive one block past the park, there is a large overflow lot with plenty of parking. We absolutely look forward to going back to this park in the future.

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Book Recommendations before going to a playground
Please Play Safe! Penguin’s Guide to Playground Safety (Margery Cuyler)
Manners on the playground (Carrie Finn)
King of the Playground (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)


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