Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Kid's Kingdom

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kid's Kingdom

Way back when I was a kid, (yeah, we are going pretty far back here) my city decided they were going to build a ginormous playground for all the kids. It was such a fabulous idea because there weren't too many parks around to play at during that time. This playground was hardcore compared to the dinky ones we had sprinkled around town. They named it Kid's Kingdom, and a kingdom it was! Much later, after I married my husband, I found out his dad had a hand in helping to build it.


I love the idea that my kids are not only enjoying the same playground I so loved as a kid, but them knowing their pop had created some of it makes it all that much more special.



A few years ago they put up a brand new park right across the street from this one. It's a metal structure, very sleek and spiffy, so Kid's Kingdom doesn't get visited much anymore. This park has so much to offer still, it saddens me that everyone flocks to the new. To me, newer isn't always better. This playground is a diamond in the rough. It just needs people to take another look to find the beauty that's always been.

Do you have nice parks where you live?

24 comments:

  1. It looks like the park we call The Cinderella Park. It's in the bigger town close to us, about a half an hour away. We used to go several times a year in the summer. Last year you could see it was being taken over with juvies, not just average young adults, but the kind who looked like they had entirely too much time on their hands. A string of crimes followed and this year it's too dangerous to go. It's a shame too because it's a big, beautiful park that the kids (not just mine) can no longer enjoy.

    How cool that your husband helped build that park! I love the pics. That last one is classic. :)

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  2. We have a lot of parks in our area and some are all wooden like yours and a few are "regular" with the stuff made out of plastic. My boys actually prefer the wooden ones.

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  3. It is rather poetic that your kids are enjoying the same playground that you did as a child. What a neat thought. My small town only has one small playground but the kids in town sure seem to love it!

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  4. That is so neat that you played there as a kid and now your kids do. :) And that their grandfather helped build it!!

    I'd absolutely love to have a park like that near where I live! It reminds me of one near my old house. Sometimes we drive 45 minutes to go play there.

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  5. What a magical place to play.... And you played there too. Cool that your FIL helped to build it.

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  6. I love the looks of that kingdom! It doesn't get visited anymore?! How sad! :( I think it looks like so much fun!

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  7. We had nothing like that, just a small one with not much there. And yeah newer isn't always better

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  8. That looks like a great place to play!

    Our town just has one small park, with a couple of pieces of plastic playground equipment. We actually don't go there very often. Usually when we go to the park, we go while we are already on base for some other reason, and go to a larger ( though also all plastic) park with more to offer.

    There is only one park in the town I grew up in as well, and it has changed drastically since I lived there. I haven't been there since 2008, but even there, there were very few things that were the same as when I was younger (and I'm only 30, so it hasn't been THAT long!)

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  9. Yes, Utah is big in Parks. They are all over the place and most large cities (over 50,000 or so) all have several parks. We have two great ones very close and then in the city just south of us (5 minutes away via the car) has that awesome splash pad park I mentioned two weeks ago. I am glad you are loyal to your cool Kid's Kingdom Park.

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  10. wow, this looks so good. gfor a minute i thought it was Indiana Jones ride @ Disney lol.

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  11. What an awesome looking park! And I love that your father in law helped to build it :) That's so neat! We are surrounded by parks...our city has tons. We actually have 5 within 5 minutes walking distance of our house lol, so there's always somewhere for the kids to go :)

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  12. That park looks great Theresa! It is wonderful that your father-in-law had a hand in it. Lovely pictures of your children there. Have a great weekend.

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  13. Yes, these pictures are beautiful, nice place for the kids, my son would love to go there! Greetings!

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  14. wooden structures are awesome in that they don't get as hot. It looks sturdy and very kid friendly. I would feel the same way.

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  15. That's cool.


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  16. It looks so fantastic! I prefer the old playgrounds made of wood to the newer, metal kinds that look kinda lifeless. Your Kids Kingdom is definitely a gem that needs to be appreciated more!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  17. That was so cool. We have nice parks, but nothing like that.

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  18. I grew up with metal playgrounds, then they went to wooden ones like your special place and now they're going back to metal? Ugh.

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  19. Love the picture of the girl peering through the tire.
    We have a nice playground like that in Front Royal. Playgrounds are great places for kids to meet other kids.

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  20. Now that's a playground! If something like that were in my town, I'm sure it'd be flocked by all sorts of kids.

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