As I near the 50 count mark for playgrounds visited in Atlanta, I have noticed that my son (who goes with me to every playground) is becoming a playground snob. We’ll go visit a playground (we often visit 2 or 3 at a time, so I don’t have to drive as much to a different area of town) and I try to plan out our visit in a certain order. I try to visit what I expect to be the worst playground of the two first, and then the last playground of the day will be the awesome playground. For example, when we were in the Cabbagetown area, we visited Esther Peachy LeFerve Playground first and then the Cabbagetown Park Playground next. Same thing in the North Druid Hills area, we went to W.D. Thompson first, and then Mason Mill Park next. That just works best for us. We play in the morning and then we go home, eat lunch, and nap.
My son is noticing this trend though. We’ll get to a playground and he’ll say, “I don’t like this playground. Want to go to a different playground.” He’s even making requests, like “the playground with the sandbox” or the “pirate ship playground.” I love that he can differentiate the playgrounds that are good and bad and will even tell me why he thinks the playground is yucky or great. I do take note of which playgrounds he enjoys best and what he gravitates to at these playgrounds, but when it comes right down to it, I am raising a playground snob. And he’s not even 3 yet!