A birthday and a Playground

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About a month into our Philippines adventure we celebrated our little boy’s third birthday. We returned to Rizal Park and found a tucked away playground we hadn’t even noticed on our first couple of visits.

Now, I have a bit of a confession. I am a playground geek. As a mom and a former teacher I know the value of a well constructed playground, and realize that not all play equipment can entertain kids equally. That’s why when I see a playground that’s especially fun and/or creative in design, it makes me happy in my soul.

 

By that criteria, this playground was a goldmine.

It was bright and colorful. Some of the equipment was designed to resemble nature, like these “tree” slides…

There was an entire section designated to sea monsters, volcanos, and dinosaurs.

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There were structures reminiscent to nursery rhymes, like a big hallow pumpkin, and this giant shoe-house.

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This enclosed slide just made me laugh.

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As a special birthday treat we bought these flying, wind-up, rubber band powered birds from one of the wandering vendors. They were actually really cool, and only 50 pesos (about $1). I didn’t mind having an excuse to buy them.

 

It turned out this is a popular park for middle school girls to hang out after school, and our little American boys were basically celebrities.

Back home we finished off the day with a cake from the Red Ribbon bakery.

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