Friday, April 22, 2016

Ackert Park, University City

Location:  746 Westgate Ave, University City MO 63130 (Westgate Ave at Clemens Ave)


Playground Ground Cover: Wood Chips

This is an older playground. There are 2 play structures, 2 rocking horses, and 4 sling swings.

Strange cement army of dogs?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Unlimited Play Playgrounds

Unlimited Play playgrounds are amazing. If you've been to one you know what I'm talking about. The company is a non-profit that builds fully accessible playgrounds that allow all children to play together, regardless of their physical abilities.

Three-year-old Zachary Blakemore provided the original inspiration behind Unlimited Play. Zachary suffers from a rare genetic central nervous system disease (Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease) that confines him to a wheelchair or assistive walking device. But like all children, Zachary loves to play.
When his mother Natalie would take Zachary to the park to play, the playground would only emphasize his limitations. And even more frustrating was the fact that the playground’s barriers that stopped him from playing also prevented him from interacting with the other children.
But after visiting an accessible playground while traveling to the east coast, Zachary’s parents Natalie and Todd began to dream of creating an accessible playground in Zachary’s hometown – and of the day when playgrounds like this would exist for children everywhere. They teamed with Zachary’s pediatric speech therapist, and Unlimited Play was born in 2003.

And what's more they are a local family from St. Charles. They have built quite a few playgrounds in and around St. Louis and have more in the works.

They include:
1.)Gus's playground at Willmore Park
2.)Cornerstone STL at O'Fallon Park
3.)Kade's playground in Herculaneum
4.)Discovery playground at Jaycee Park
5.)Brendan's playground at Westhoff Park
6.)Tree Top playground at Shaw Park
7.)Zachary's playground at Hawk Ridge Park

They are currently raising money for McAuley playground in Cottleville and Jake's Field of Dreams playground in Heartland Park in Wentzville.

Here's a great video about Natalie and Todd and the great work they've accomplished. They have built amazing playgrounds in the Midwest and are branching out all over the country! How awesome is that! Go check out one of these playgrounds today, your kids will thank you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Benton Park, St. Louis City

Location: Bounded by Jefferson Ave, Arsenal St, Illinois Ave, and Wyoming St. St Louis MO 63118


Playground Ground Cover: Poured Rubber

This is a large playground with lots of things to do.There are 4 sling swings and 4 baby swings, a spinning seat, 2 rocking rides ( a cricket and a bee), and a bouncy tire thing. There are rock walls, numerous slides, an interesting dragon fly you can climb on, tons of bars and poles, and more. The only negative thing was that there was a homeless man sleeping in one of the covered slides. He scared my daughter and me a bit. There are some other negative reviews online about the park, so it's just something to keep in mind if you take your kids here.

Restroom building. I didn't go inside.

The water feature does work and will be turned on Memorial Day. 

Do you know the story about the caves underneath Benton Park? People have been hunting for the entrance for years!

Eastgate Park, University City

Location: 6238 Cabanne Ave, University City MO 63130


Playground Ground Cover: Wood Chips

There is just one play structure here and some swings (4 sling swings and 2 baby swings). The structure has 2 slides, a balance beam, some monkey bars and poles, and a tunnel.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ruth Porter Mall Park, St. Louis City

Location: 5669 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO 63112


This splashpad is just east of the Delmar loop on Delmar at DeBaliviere Ave. This is the only splash pad in the area that isn't attached to a playground. So just so you know, there's nothing else here except pop jets!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rise Coffee House, The Grove

Location: 4180 Manchester Ave, St. Louis MO 63110


This is a very hip coffee house. I ordered the vanilla latte and it was perfect. They also offer pastries from Whisk and amazing quiches. The kids area is up the stairs behind the cute little picket fence.  They have a wooden cabinet full of random toys. I love that the fence keeps the kids contained in this area because the stairs are steep. Check their calendar and website because they do a lot of kid events including arts and crafts, storytimes, and Spanish classes. Sometimes they have sing-a-longs with Celia as well. They have a sand box out back but i didn't get to see it when I was there.


The toys are in this cool wooden cabinet

Changing table is up here but restrooms are downstairs.