This post is written by travel writer, Katie of delightso.me
Wherever you are in the world, if you have little ones, it’s inevitable that you end up at a playground. Whether children notice anything else around them or appreciate any of the scenery you are passing, it’s as if they have an inbuilt radar whenever you pass a few slides or a swing. So, why not plan the playground in as part of your trip? There are some incredible playgrounds around the world. Here are just some of them:
Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in London
Opened in memory of the woman dubbed the Princess of Hearts, the Princess of Wales Playground has been modelled on the story of Peter Pan. There’s a huge pirate ship so you and your kids can play at being Captain Hook and Peter Pan. There are also Indian teepees just like the Indian village where the lost boys are taken in the famous story, a crocodile sculpture and white soft sand for digging in, and to represent the sea.
Heartlands Adventure Park in Cornwall
The biggest free adventure playground in Cornwall, Heartlands features a shipwrecked boat to climb on, a number of tunnels to crawl through and funnel slides to shoot down. It’s been designed with local legends in mind, with The Giant’s Trap wooden climbing structure built to resemble the myth of the giant Bolster who fell head over heels for a maid. There’s also sand that little ones can move around with mini diggers. The park sits along the coast from Parkdean’s Holywell site, so if you’re making a weekend of it, or even a week, you could combine a day out at the park with some trips to the beach.
The Blue Whale in Gothenburg
Just as Jonah was swallowed by a whale, and Nemo’s dad Marlin and his friend Dory nearly became whale food, children can clamber into the blue whale in Gothenberg, thankfully without being in any danger. The huge whale has been designed by Monstrum and sits in Plikta Park for children to explore. You can climb onto the back of the whale by crawling through its mouth or up onto the giant tail fin to enjoy the view.
The Brumleby playground in Copenhagen
Another Monstrum design, the Brumleby playground has been designed with little houses meant to reflect the history of the neighbourhood. The small homes all look like the houses around them, but they’re topsy turvy to make them more fun. Your children can slide down out of the doors, cross rope bridges and play on the see-saw.
St Kilda Adventure Playground in Australia
Without doubt, one of the most incredible play areas anywhere on the planet, St Kilda is a wonderland for little ones. There’s a tree house, castle and pirate ship made to look as if it’s been shipwrecked along with trampolines and a maze to get lost in. In all, there are four hectares of fun to explore, far too much to take in in just one visit.
Wherever you are in the world, you’re sure to pass a play park your little ones want to stop off at so you may as well make it a good one.