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Published October 16th 2014
Now you can both play at the playground and enjoy a free BBQ
After having frequented South Terrace for well over a year, this is the first time that I have wanted to visit its playground since it was given a beautiful revamp in the past couple of months.
Princess Elizabeth Playground has been home to South Terrace its surrounding Parklands for nearly 87 years now. It was established from unexpended funds arising from the 1927 visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York.
The playground had been undergoing construction for about three-four months and, to everyone's anticipation, was opened to the public with welcoming arms in August 2014.
And by the volume of kids and families this playground attracts on a daily basis, I believe it is safe to assume that this recreational spot is a big favourite of its little humans and their parents.
The playground offers a range of play equipment that is suitable to kids, adolescents and even adults (of all ages). From swings to slides to see saws, this playground provides something for everyone to enjoy.
The trampolines have won my vote while I was going around the playground, experimenting with the various different kinds of games and play equipment that is well-spread across the playground. I was able to make friends with little kiddies (who, as an adult, I often forget, are always easy to talk to and be invited to play with). There were five of us, each of whom got on a trampoline and tried to synchronize our jumps. For that moment in time, I completely forgot I was an adult and ended up having a fantastic time with my new friends (even though we were far from synchronous with our jumps)!
Next, I went on to try an initially intimidating but later gratifying piece of equipment - an elaborate climbing net.
I felt like I was participating in an indoor rock climbing sport, as I had to use all my strength to get to the top of the net. And funnily (but unsurprisingly) enough, there were kids who were beating me to the top - some of whom even raced to the top, went back to the base and climbed up again while I was still in my quest to reach the highest point in the climbing net. However, this is another excellent tool that children and adults alike can use to test and improve their climbing skills.
Now, here's one piece of play equipment that encompasses fitness, skill and fun all in one giant bundle! The Ixo (pictured below) has a unique straight slide, monkey bars, a twirler, a balancer, and climbing ropes (to name a few). In addition to building strength and promoting fitness, it also allows its players with the strategic competence to actually understand how this mechanism works.
Every time I have walked or ridden past the pod swing, my heart melts to a beautiful mess. Whether it was up close or from a distance, I could hear the satisfying laughter from the babies and toddlers who were enjoying the fresh breeze from each back and forth motion of the swing. It looked so relaxing and while the kids were absolutely ecstatic by this ride, they also appeared to have a sense of calm and belonging. Ideal for two-three kids at a time, although I was able to jump in with my partner and have a relaxing swing for a good ten-fifteen minutes. There was an utter sense of bliss.
Finally, we get to the star of the playground - one that kids absolutely cannot resist playing in.
The medieval-themed castle with a wicked slide!
There are artistic and beautiful pieces of medieval-themed sculptures, banners and props that accompany this majestic piece of play equipment in the playground.
It was refreshing to see that the kids of today still believed in princes and princesses, and aptly acted out 'rescue missions' and 'defense of honour'. Imaginative play among kids and adults is the best kind of play, through which history can be incorporated and carried along even in today's generation.
There are many other play toys around the playground, including more varieties of swings, the rocking horses (such as the Fiery Dragon Springer), drums, and a general walking path for kids to transition seamlessly and safely from one point of the playground to the other.
There are benches and big tree logs that are available to the parents for seating purposes, whilst still having a panoramic view of the playground and their kids' locations. There are also placed three gigantic chalk boards where kids can write personalized messages and/or 'reviews' of how much fun they had at the playground on the day.
Swings and rocking horses scattered across the playground
Princess Elizabeth Playground offers kids, adolescents, and adults with a golden opportunity to enjoy play equipment that has found the perfect balance between historical and modern. With the countless free facilities available to the public (including public toilets, water fountains, barbecue stations - yes, they are all available for public use for FREE), who wouldn't enjoy a day in the Parklands? So grab some sunscreen, sunnies, a hat, and prepare yourself for a fun day down at the playground with friends, significant others, and/or children!