In my world, a lonely playground is just wrong! Together, we can fix this serious problem.

Lonely Swing Set

Kids, you work hard every day. It’s time to show your parents just how hard you work. After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is “National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day!โ€

National Day Calendar
children at play in the park
Over 1000 public parks in Sacramento County

Today is the day! If you don’t have a kid to take you to a playground, you can certainly find a great playground in which to play!

Even the dogs have a safe place to play when the swimming pool shuts down for the summer.

Public Pool Dog Playground
End of Season Event, Doggy Dip Day

Where do you like to play? Your playground can be anywhere or anything.

Retreat ladies enjoy a mountain hike at 7000 feet in South Lake Tahoe.

Hikers navigate a snow field in May
Hikers navigate a Sierra snow field in May

Hubby juggles while waiting for the wind to come up for windsurfing.

Juggling while waiting for wind
Juggling while waiting for wind

Windsurf gear patiently waits for the kids camp participants.

Windsurf Playground
Windsurf gear waiting for kids’ camp

Now, don’t they all look happy?

Kids Windsurf Day Camp
Kids Windsurf Day Camp

It is time we opened the gates to more leisure places!

Chain link fence may stand in the way of a leisurely swim
A fence is safe but the pool is happier with people swimming in it!

My spring semester ended this week and summer vacation is nigh. Iโ€™m off to play!

Mother's Day Kayaking
A happy Mother’s Day for me kayaking!

I hope you can get out and play today. Take yourself, your dog, your kid or your grandchild to the playground this week!

Show us your version of your favorite playground for Sunday Stills!

70 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: The Lonely #Playground

  1. Hi Terri, When I first read your initial quote, I thought you had made it up. I did not know Playground Day was a national holiday. I am fortunate to have playgrounds nearby and grandchildren who visit. We can learn a lot about playing from children. Your post is a good reminder to continue playing, even on a daily basis. I will google this holiday and find out more on how and why it became a holiday. A fun and thought-provoking post:) Erica

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  2. So much fun and spot on. I became much more effective at work when I factored in time for play (sailing the Hudson and hiking with my pup in Central Park). And of course now the world is my playground.

    Hans is seriously mellow juggling while waiting for wind. The Tahoe hike looks incredibly refreshing #imisssnow.

    PS – My pup, Nelson would have LOVED Doggy Dip Day.

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    1. The world IS your playground and your amazing lens shows it all to us, Lisa! Once word got out about our unique Doggy Dip Day, people came up from Southern California to bring their dogs to play in the pool! Nelson was there in doggy spirit alongside my Oreo!

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    1. Yes, go play, Janis! It’s rained here off and on all weekend, so we stayed home from the delta. Rare to get this cold rain and so much this time of year. Squaw Valley will be open for skiing through July 4th, lot’s of playtime for skiers…can you imagine?

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  3. I go to the playground at least twice a week with my grandsons. Iโ€™ve gotten into the habit of swinging with them, and itโ€™s been so much fun. I even go down the slide sometimes (when Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™m under the weight limit!) Playgrounds should never be lonely!

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  4. I think ‘playing’ should be compulsory for every human, Terri. My new Great niece is a little young to go to our local playground just yet but, next week, the small children’s water pool opens near us, and we’ll be taking our first dip when she comes down to stay in early July. Sunhats and suncream are at the ready, plus ice-cream, of course. Let’s hope it’s not a wet summer’s day that day.
    Happy summer vacation. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฆ

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    1. How wonderful you will expose your niece to the play pool, Hugh! Memories she will have forever, and you, too! I’m so happy to teach leisure education at the university level and witness the lightbulbs go on with students who will make this their career.

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  5. Yay, summer break. Iโ€™m so happy for you, Terri! Have a wonderful vacation. In Southern Utah itโ€™s cold, windy, rainy, and snowy these days. Unbelievable! No weather to play. But, if I could play, it would be with dogs at a park, or hiking in nature. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. The local playground (and the GIANT playground about 40mins drive away) are our two favourite destinations when the grandgirls come down for a visit. There’s nothing like having a grandchild with you to give you an excuse to try out a swing!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM ๐Ÿ™‚

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