Project Playground is something we’ve been working on for a couple of years. When we first moved to Maryland, we decided to make exploring our new area into an adventure by trying out as many new places as possible and reviewing them. We talk about what we are looking for in a place to play and evaluate how well each park completes our list. Looking at something as simple as a playground can provide rich opportunities for compare/contrast and critical thinking skills. We also incorporated some physics and mapping skills!

Centennial Park in Howard County, MD is one of the best area parks we’ve visited. It’s not the largest playground, but there was something for everyone. I was especially happy to see all the items on my personal list: Shade, Seating, and No wood chips!

I appreciated the variety of climbing structures and slides that were all relatively close to each other. In some larger spaces, the little kids are more separated, which can be hard when trying to keep an eye on multiage kiddos. When it’s crowded, though, this could be problematic. But it’s a homeschool luxury to go when we want.

Baby girl tried out the pint-sized slides. Her sister demonstrated how they work and she dutifully copied. Sisterhood mission complete.

The only real drawback was no swings. This was a bummer for the girls, who would swing all day. But they managed to make the best of it.

Can you find him?

The surrounding Centennial Park includes a lake, trails, pavilions, and other amenities. You can read more about those here. The park is divided into North, South, East and West areas and it’s fairly spread out. This particular playground is in South area.

Baby girl tried out the pint-sized slides. Her sister demonstrated how they work and she dutifully copied. Sisterhood mission complete.

The only real drawback was no swings. This was a bummer for the girls, who would swing all day. But they managed to make the best of it.

Can you find him?

 

The surrounding Centennial Park includes a lake, trails, pavilions, and other amenities. You can read more about those here. The park is divided into North, South, East and West areas and it’s fairly spread out. This particular playground is in South area.

 

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