Sunny afternoon to visit two parks

After weeks of rain and drizzle Canberra put on a sunny warmish afternoon.  We met daddy for lunch then headed to the park.  She surprised me by saying her first 5 syllable sentence -“bye bye Henry car”.  Daddy’s car is a Ford hence the nickname Henry. 

Edison Park has a newer play area which is smaller but in a nice landscaped area.  The park itself had some damage to the slide so it was closed for use.  The clasp for the baby swing was broken.  Proximity is close to the skate park which may explain vandalism.  

Miss Bee loved the park as there were two sisters there aged 2 and 3. She approached them with the greeting “hello girl”. Then said her name.


She was happy enough to leave the park but as soon as  the car started she said “more park?” and as it was such a sunny day who was I to burst her happiness bubble? 

We then went to the Wanniassa shops on the way home.  

She patted the “dog” wombat.

Then played with the telescope.

Then Miss Bee rode on the big red car. 

Luckily this slide was on duty. Yes,  I let her climb up slides and No,  nobody was waiting as you can see. 

I’m loving her piggy tails.  Very Boo from Monster’s Inc.  Cuteness. 

The play park adventures coupled with watercolour painting and lunch out meant she was agreeable to nap. Yeah!  I baked cookies for my elderly aunt and uncle. Then took a much needed rest with a cup of tea. 

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Canberra Playground “bucket”list

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Boundless April 2016

Miss Bee loves being outside running climbing and sliding down slides with the wind in her hair. The only trouble is our local park is kind of old, decrepit and plain dirty. Thus begins my search for new fun cool parks to take her to! According the site Weekendnotes these are the top 10 parks in Canberra.

We can tick off John Knight Memorial Park, Boundless and Mini Q on her list. But I think they should have added Yarralumla to the top 10 as it’s just so fun and easy to supervise.

Here’s my previous post about park adventures.

Here are some more for our bucketlist:

Crace park looks fun even if it is on the other side of town. Looks like lots of variety.

Fadden pines is closer but I admit she has there when she was not quite walking and all that loose tanbark left her decidedly filthy which has put me off. But I guess I just need a change of clothes and make sure she’s not wearing something I like too much lest the stains refuse to be soaked out.

The Canberra Hospital park. Now that it is cooling down I am game to try it. I find soft fall bring out my latex allergy so avoid soft fall whenever possible in summer due to the off gases cause me to react. It is a COOL park and BONUS there is a café next level up.

Springybark rise (wherever that is.. I assume somewhere near Crace..!) It has a car theme… then end. She loves cars.

Glebe Park playground looks great. I usually avoid Glebe park worrying about what I might find there- like perhaps a syringe? or a broken beer bottle?  But it at least LOOKS clean. We’ll give it a try. Thankful for the dreaded soft fall in this instance.

Black Mountain Peninsula Playground it’s been some years since I went there but I do recall that it was ungraded and looked kind of cool and funky.

Heritage Park in Forde pretty sure that is North too. But wowsers that park looks cool. Wish they’re upgrade our Southside parks like that.

Holder Park looks basic yet I think Miss Bee would have fun.

Corroboree Park Ainslie has had a fantastic upgrade and is a hop and skip from a brunch at Dickson I think!

Tidbinbilla is also on our list but it’s a longish drive and timing it to make the most of the entry fee makes it hard while she’s younger. That said, we could do a walk with Poco and there are kangaroos and emus.

 

 

Scrub a dub, parks, terror and pizza

Scrub

We celebrated the warm weather by giving “Lulu” a bath. Seems easy enough? Trust me.. trying to find a doll you CAN put in a bath was hard. Some bath suitable dolls were just creepy looking, some had reviews regaling stories of the doll needing 2-3 days to drip dry! Come on? This is meant to be a versatile little friend who can slide down a slide, sleep in the cot and dip in the bath every now and then. I can’t expect Miss Bee to wait for her baby to dry. She is after all a toddler. We settled on buying her a Miniland  last Christmas which can also wear many baby born brand clothes as a bonus. They are anatomically correct and come in a range of races. I am planning to buy her another little friend for Lulu next Christmas… hmmm boy? girl? hard to choose they are all sooooo cute!

Parks

It is school holidays. Instead of her usual routines I am freelance. I can get up and go when and where I want. I am enjoying the freedom to come and go in a more natural toddler ebb and flow. Our “main stay” so far is park visits. She loves parks and by and large it has been a positive experience.

We have visited so many parks this week I can almost claim to be a local expert. A park enthusiast? Maybe even a guru? We have visited around half a dozen parks. As many as 2 a day at times. Saturday we visited Boundless (again). Being the school holidays and a weekend it was PACKED and parking was it’s usual weekend nightmare. Wish they would just add at least 20 more parking spots. The shade is still growing but the sun was shining mildly and we had a ball. Saturday night we had dinner at the Southern Cross Club Woden in Henry’s. There is a small padded climb though style park with a ball pit area within a glassed room. I’ve taken her there before for playdates and while it’s small it rather safe. Sadly the food is very much club food and not impressive. Bland and fried would be the best description.

Sunday we met toddler friends at the Tuggeranong Town Centre park. Talk about a basic boring park. The slide might excite the most cautious child under 2. There is a large playground without a slide… and lots of metal ladders. Super boring. All I can wonder is how the Yarralumla suburban park has better equipment that the local “BIG” park in Tuggeranong and can only blame vandals who stalk around Tuggeranong in packs like malicious teenwolves.

Monday afternoon we spent a good hour on the park at Tuggeranong Bunnings. Despite being very high and looking WAY too advanced (recommended as suited for 5yrs +). The steps are rather high but she nailed it and loved the long slide. Tuesday we stayed at home making our own fun.

Wednesday was another crazy park day with two visited. My child is officially some sort of agile part monkey creature.

She climbed up a cargo net which was higher than my head, scrambled up another higher platform to then slide down a giant curly red slide.

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Now for those of you gasping in horror I will explain two things:

  1. There is no risk of falling from the top platform as the stair gap is closed in and the slide is a tube so she couldn’t fall off from the top. I was literally right with her while she climbed the net.
  2. Yes, I do sometimes have to calm my own nerves and just allow her to find her own physical boundaries by trusting her. But by doing this she has become confident and proficient.

Terror

Wednesday afternoon was a very difficult afternoon. We went to Westfield Woden and while she has been on the little indoor park many times I had failed to note it’s fatal flaw. Lack of emergency exit points. Most enclosed parks have zips for access but this one does not. I discovered this when another toddler cornered her then bit her, scratched her face and started belting into her head with fists. Just horrific when I saw her face as he approached- happy and welcoming then saw it change to confusion, pain and shock. She stood there petrified with huge tears streaming down her face and she screamed “mum…mum…mum”. Broke my heart when I started realising there was no way IN to save her. The other mum was telling her kid to stop but he wouldn’t listen. Kitty was with me and banging on the mesh yelling too…

he kept belting her again and again. Showing no sign of stopping.

She sent her older child in through the tiny gap who dragged the child out kicking and screaming like a wild animal. Miss Bee realised she was free and bolted into my arms as I had partially climbed in as much as I could. She sat head buried to my heart sobbing. I wonder if she could hear my heart breaking for her?

After the mother made a hasty apologetic exit from the park a little girl around 3 came up to Miss Bee and stroked her on the cheek. “Are you OK?” My faith in humanity was restored. I hope Miss Bee’s was too.

Thursday was another crazy park day. The morning was spent meeting playgroup friends in the neighbouring town of Queanbeyan at the aptly named Queanbeyan Park. It was beyond packed as there was an event of some sort running which we hadn’t known about. That said there are many cool things at this park. HUGE ride in spring car and wagon, 2 slides, a toddler area and ample shade including shade sails. It is FULLY FENCED!!! A softfall bike track meanders through and around the inside of the fenced area- ideal for practicing scooters or ride on trikes. There is even a tennis half wall enclosed for older kids to be entertained in while youngsters play on the park.  We spent a fun afternoon free and climbing on our old secret favourite the Yarralumla Park with Aunty and Cousin.

Pizza

This is what I love doing with my toddler. Quiet times, unrushed where she can DO not just watch a passive screen. Today we made lunch- Pizza from scratch. She helped knead the easy 2 ingredient no yeast dough. Super easy dough that for a non yeast quick dough was ample for a lunch pizza shared with myself and big sister. Step by step she made the pizza with me.

 

How is my detox going…. glad you asked. Pretty well! I quickly realised my older daughter likes to text me OFTEN so I needed to increase the number of available texts to accommodate that. I love how the App tells me “NO” using a nice reminder.  I am more present and am liking it. I catch myself wanting to check my little buddy… and it’s a way to quit that habit.

Easter Saturday Picnic and Park

We were feeling a little lazy but I decided a promise is a promise. Today was picnic and park day. It was so beautifully mild and sunny I literally had no excuse.

It was at 3.30pm I quickly buttered two sandwiches (yeah. confession it was lunch- but don’t fret over Miss Bee she grazed) sliced an apple and cubed some cheese plus three of the dyed hardboiled eggs we’d made the day before.  Our picnic was ready. Nothing flash but all good peasant style food and yummy. GOOD ENOUGH! Trust me it was delicious and Miss Bee was in heaven scoffing her egg.

For our picnic we went originally to Weston Park, but while a nice place for a picnic it is not very toddler friendly. Water play everywhere and then toddler play equipment I recalled from ages ago was long since replaced along with removing the very cool stuff like the wooden cubby house I remember climbing as a child. The “submarine” as we called it was gone too. It was this concrete maze of a thing with drops and tunnels to climb through. God I loved that thing. But in this day and age the nanny state deemed it no longer safe so instead there were two swings on the same spot that used to amuse up to thirty odd kids at a time. We abandoned the plethora of water and decided we’d better go to a different park altogether. Previously in our search for suitable playgrounds we’d found the site “playground finder” and seen this park Yarralumla Park. Luckily we had driven by the park and checked out it’s suitability a different day (when Miss Bee was sleeping). It was in the same area and literally 5 minutes away! I was about a million times better. Honestly I haven’t see a park this cool yet so unknown for a long time.
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The Yarralumla park is next to the school (but not on school grounds). It has moderate shade and by far the coolest thing is a natural made cubby using branches around a tree (in my humble opinion).

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We will definitely go back to this park! It has many cool things which will challenge as she ages. There are lots of different equipment along side the traditional slides and swings. There is a listening pipe, balance poles and a platform staircase of sorts. Plus a double slide! What kid wouldn’t love that!??!!!  There is a fence to corral the little ones (but it’s not fully enclosed) and at least one picnic table but no BBQs. There is a HUGE climb in/on rotating merry go round thing for older kids which looked so fun. Parking is available on site but is dirt. There are no toilets which is a downside. It is about a 2 minute drive to the Yarralumla shops which have toilets on the corner of Bentham and Hutchins Street. If you were feeling like coffee you could stop and get a takeaway one at the shops to take with you to the park!

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