Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Teddy Bear Park

Yesterday we enjoyed the beautiful, sunny, almost-humidity-free day by venturing to a new-to-us park in downtown Stillwater: Teddy Bear Park. Why is it called Teddy Bear Park? Well, there were a bunch of informational signs that I failed to read (due to the fact that I was trying to keep an eye on two very excited kids running every which way and certainly not staying together), but I'm guessing it probably has something to do with all of the stone teddy bear statues situated throughout the park:
We packed a picnic lunch and met up with some friends for a fun morning of exploring, climbing, digging in the sand, running, sliding, and being as loud as we possibly could (the kids, that is...the moms enjoyed chatting, soaking up the warm sun, and making sure no one became permanently lost, injured, dehydrated, starved, or sunburnt).
I especially liked the park because it didn't consist of the typical run-of-the-mill plastic park toys. Instead, there were huge ships, a choo-choo train, a tree house, lots of larger than life teddy bears, and rock walls to climb on. Plus, all the toys were geared for ages 7 and under, so it was easy for us moms to chill out and relax a little more without having to worry about our kids falling or hurting themselves on large playground equipment because, unlike other local parks, the toys were designed for kids just their size. It was definitely a busy morning with lots of kids playing and I wouldn't say it is among the largest playgrounds we've ever been to, but the creative design made it well worth the trip. Plus, it was fun and refreshing to get together with good friends. I'm fairly positive we'll be heading back to Teddy Bear Park again soon!

(A rare photo where EVERY SINGLE child is looking at the camera! It's a miracle!)

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