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Do you go every day? How many hours do you spend there? Do you visit the same park? What doyou do while you are there? Do you meet people? DO you chat with other moms who are there? Do you bring a book? Do you get on the equipment with your kids? How far away is the park?<br>
We are trying to get better about going. We hae a tiny park in our neighborhood we visit sometimes, and I tyr to stop in the big park, but there is always something else to do. We have had some good park days recently. We bought dinner on Monda evening and went and had a picnic at the park and they playe and then we took a hike on some of the trails. It was cool cuz it was totally spontaneous. In general, I am trying to carve ut park time. With three active boys, it really helps. But, how much time? We also do a lot at the Y, swimming, climbing, toddler gym, and we go to the Childrens Museum once a week. SO, its not like they are not active. But, I like the fresh air thing too, of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Lately we can't go at all....it's has been raining almost every day for weeks!! Ugh. We usually drive to the park, it's about a mile away. If we drive I can take the dog and that makes her happy. Ds plays and I work on leash training the dog. We all come home pooped! I can't push the stroller and hold on to her the whole time, if I could we would all walk. Usually we go for a few hours, the last nice day we were there for 4! Our park has been pretty busy lately so I can chat with moms, play with ds or just hang with the dog, depending on the kids that are there. So far I haven't had the courage to ask anyone for their phone # to set up playdates, but I really need to do that. I swear meeting moms is harding than picking up guys (if I were to try and pick up a guy, I don't think dh would approve though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )
 

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We go to the park usually several times a week, but when it starts to get warm we stop going. I can't stand heat and here in Tx it gets hot early and stays hot for a long time. We are lucky and have two parks at the end of our street. We also have two big parks fairly close that we drive to. If I go to the park during the midmorning/early afternoon I usually go with a mom friend of mine from down the street. She has a little girl the same age as Ds and a boy who is 6. Then some evenings Dh and I take Ds to the parks that are farther away. When the weather is nice we stay out for a long time. The one park even has a pond with ducks so we take old bread to feed them. Ds is small so I play on the equipment with him. Dh likes to chase Ds and his friends around the park and they have a really great time. But like I said as it is getting warmer we kind of stop going. I hate to be out in the heat, and I worry about Ds overheating while he is running around. So now we will have to drive to the mall to play at the indoor play area. It is alot of fun for ds but I don't like to drive that far so he doesn't get to go as often. I am thinking about getting him in a class at the local recreation center so he can run off some of his extra energy while it is too hot to be outside. We are also lucky enough to have a backyard where Ds can play, and I can bring him in frequently so he doesn't get to hot. Sometimes we sit out and fill his kiddie pool and I just sit with my feet in it while he plays in the pool and the yard. He also loves to play in the spinkler while we water the yard. I have noticed if he doesn't get out and active enough he doesn't sleep so we try to provide at least one oppertunity for outdoor/gym type activity each day.
 

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we also only go till it gets too hot. Is going to hit 100 today...and higher the rest of the week here in arizona, so our park trips will stop soon.<br><br>
In the arizona winter we go to the p ark at least once a week with our playgroup. Sometimes twice a week if i take them another day too. We're also very lucky to have as my almost 4yo says "our very own backyard park" - so my kiddos (my almost 4yo dd, 10mo ds and two 2yos i babysit) play daily on our swingset. They swing, go on the slide, teeter totter. We have a sandbox, a wading pool and of course the sprinklers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
we spend at least an hour or two a day outside in the backyard or the park.<br><br>
now that the weathers heating up our playgroups been meeting at a local water play area so we go there. The kids play in the sprinkler set up and then we have lunch. One other day a week I try to meet with a friend at the park, coffeeshop or zoo to get us outside at least twice a week.<br><br>
but now that summer is upon us we'll switch to the swimming pool mostly. We'll go to playgroup indoors at a friends or their pool once a week. Another day we'll do an outdoor water play area with friends. the other days we'll play in our own backyard park <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> and in the big big pool. They can't wait to get in and swim in the 'real' pool but its still too chilly for me. lol
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> boysrus.<br><br>
We live right across the street from a very pretty park and go there fairly often, but not every day--we'd get sick of it. If I know I'm not meeting another mom there, I bring a book--my kids are old enough to get themselves going on the swings, etc by themselves. My neighbor and I arrange frequent play dates in this park, particularly after dinner on summer evenings, and the city just installed a cool child-controlled sprinkler apparatus, so we're looking forward to taking advantage of that.<br><br>
If I'm alone and there are other mothers there, I generally don't talk to them--because I'm shy and I dislike making small talk with strangers, although the irony is I met one of my good friends in the park. I guess if you're really going to hit it off with someone, you know.<br><br>
For variety, we visit other parks in the city occaisionally. There's a pretty hill-top park with gorgeous mountain views right near dd's ballet class, so we usually wait out the ballet class there.
 

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We practically live at the park, well, lots of different parks actually. We spend some time at a park every day, I think. We live in a fairly urban area, and our green spaces are VERY well used! There's 4 parks within easy walking distance of our house. Sometimes we'll get in the car and go downtown to Stanley Park (sort of like New York's Central Park, but bigger and on the ocean) or another big one a lot closer to home. We have a backyard too, but we all seem to be happier when we're out in the community, and I have other grown ups to talk to! There's quite a park culture with the mamas and dads and other caregivers around here. It's really rare to go out and fail to meet someone I know. I just wish there was more green space! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We go to the park about 4 times a week. We often walk down to the one right near our house, or take a longer walk to one about a mile away. Sometimes we drive to a different one.<br><br>
There aren't usually many other people there during the day. I usually just play with ds, or sit and watch him. I have sometimes talked with other parents, but not that often.<br><br>
Weather here is pretty temperate year round, so we go unless it is raining.
 

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We go to the park daily, sometimes twice a day. There is a lovely park just 1/2 block away, and another great one about 4 blocks away.<br><br>
My son is just a year old, so I stay pretty close by. He'll tolerate the swings for about 5 minutes but prefers to crawl around. He can climb up the ladder for the slide (and it's a tall slide!), and we go down together. For some reason he loves the cement curb between the sand and the pavement, and he could climb over the curb and then back again for hours.<br><br>
I do chat with other mamas at the park, especially if their children are close to the same age. There are many families in this neighborhood so I usually see the same parents over and over again.<br><br>
We'll stay anywhere from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. My favorite is when there isn't anyone else at the park, and I can just let Little P roam around without worrying about his getting squashed by big kids. I'll sit on a bench and just let him wander at will. Sometimes I'm surprised at how far away he'll go! I think the undirected play time is valuable (not that he's up for much direction now anyhow!).
 

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i used to go all the time with my son... but more infrequently now that 1) i'm hugely pregnant and 2) it's been hot lately. i also haven't been taking him outside to play very often lately at all, for those same reasons. i'm sure it will be easier when 1) the weather is cooler and (or) 2) i've had the baby.<br><br>
i try to take him at least once a week, for a good few hours. during the day the most outside time we usually have anymore is outside playing on the porch together...
 

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we usually go to the park 3-4 times a week. We've got 3 parks 1/2 mile or less away, so we usually walk - unless it looks like it could rain on us comming home, or if it's horribly hot. We stay anywhere from 1/2 hr. to 90 min. I know some moms who spend hours there - but I can't handle that myself. I often will chat with some of the other moms there - esp. if our kids are close to the same age. I could never bring a book to read - though I've seen some mom do that. Dd would hate it if I ignored her!! She wants me involved in all she does - she's just turning 3. I'll climb on the equipment and go down some of the tamer slides - but I won't go down the really tall spiral slides or spin on the merry-go-round - I'd barf! Sometimes in the summer one of our city parks has live music and dance performances for free. It's fun to pack a picnic dinner and hang out for awhile. I love living so close to the park - it's great!
 

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We are really lucky b/c we have several great local parks. One is within easy walking distance. I usually like to go with DS 2-3x/week, but lately he has been wanting to stay at home or play in our yard. So, I try to respect that even if I'm itching to leave our yard. We usually stay for about 1-1.5 hours.
 

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Several times a week.<br><br>
There is a great park about a ten-minute drive from our house, and it is frequented by many of DD's friends. It's nice for her to have someone to play with as she is an only child. I've found that compared to many other parks in the area, this one tends to have really nice families, ones whose values seem to be simolar to our own, so DD can usually make a new freind and it is 99.9% certain that it'll be a nice kid!<br><br>
I definitely notice that on days she does not get to run around, she tends to be crankier, so I make an effort to get there often, and if we can't, to at least take a long walk or play out in the yard. Or dance like crazy people in the house!
 

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Unfortunately, the closest park is a fairly decent walk, about 15 - 20 minutes away. Being PG, I don't have the stamina to walk her there anymore, so we drive. She goes almost every day now that the weather is nice. There usually aren't many people there when we go, and frankly some of the kids are the sort that I don't really want my kid associating with (dont' know what it is lately, but always seems to be boys playing with toy guns, etc). And I see parents yelling at their kids or speaking to them very disrespectfully.<br><br>
There is a fabulous park about a 20 min drive away, in a very nice sort-of-urban-like suburb, and I love it there. I see many "hip" parents and everyone is really nice, talk to their kids gently, etc. Too bad it's so far away, but on a weekend I will take DD there. We spent almost 2 hours there yesterday! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I can't wait to be back home (Vancouver) where there are tons of parks within walking distance!
 

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Our town is set up so that you have a park with a swing set, play structure and sandbox within a 1/4 mile of each house, and it's possible to get there without crossing a major road. So, DH and DD go just about daily as long as water isn't actually falling from the sky and the temperature is over 40. If it's rained recently, they take a couple of towels to dry off the swing and a favorite slide. Our nearby park is actually pretty big, but only shaded in the morning. Often after school hours there are several neighborhood kids there unsupervised, and they aren't very good at watching out for a toddler, so we go to another park that's shaded and seems less populated by unsupervised 8 year olds.
 

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we go 5 or 6 times a week. we live one door down, My 6 year old goes with a walkie talkie sometimes depending on who's there. Theres alot of moms over there, and we all kinda keep an eye out, ykwim.
 

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When I'm not pregnant, dd goes to the park once or twice a day, for anywhere from one to four hours at a time. There are lots of parks near us, but I have a fave, as does dh. Usually I see people I know. If not, I do chat with strangers -- if I'm in the mood.
 

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Sadly, we don't go to the park period. To many moms insist on feeding there kiddos peanut something or other then without cleaning them up let them play on the equipment and get peanuts all over the play equipment. Its really not that hard to make your kid eat at the table then wash up before playing but that seems to be asking to much in this town so we don't go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> Thankfully I had some extra money and dd's babysitter didn't mind and had the space so we bought a playset and put it in there yard.<br><br>
Didn't mean to complain but not being able to go to the park is a sore spot for us because dd doesn't understand why she cant go play with the other kids.
 

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Oh Satori, That's so sad! We have lots of friends whose kids are severely allergic, so we are always very careful. I thought it was pretty much a given nowadays that peanuts and other scary allergens were kept under strict hygiene rules. I actually never even considered the playground equipment problem. Maybe I should warn my friends!
 

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robugmum,<br><br>
Its generally not a problem as most kids need to ingest there allergens but some like my daughter react on contact or even to airborne particles. Plus there's the fear some child eating on the playground will try to share there food with dd and she does not understand not to take it because the people we do tend to hang out with are allergy aware and if one kid is allergic to it we don't serve it period so no one feels left out and there is no risk of reaction. Unfortunately most parents are not allergy aware and don't care to be because it doesn't affect them personally.
 

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Everyday. We have a playground/park in our condo complex so its fast and easy to get to!!! We also attend playgroup at a park once a week and dh usually takes ds to the park at the beach once during the week after dinner and once on the weekends. Ds LOVES to be outside and gets upset if we for one reason or another aren't able to go to the park or playground!!!<br><br>
We stay at least an hour usually but if I only have a half hour to take him I do. Of course, we have spent several hours at the park many times .
 
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