This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
“Mom, this is the most amazingly epic playground ever! Can we move into one of these houses so we can live right next to it?”
Those were actual words spoken by my 10-year-old, when we visited Pioneer Park in Mesa last week, to check out the Landscape Structures Inclusive playground. He wasn’t really exaggerating, either. It’s an amazing playground!
Our family is currently traveling the country on a “family gap year.” We are homeschooling our kids, working remotely, and renting houses by the month as we state hop! That means we are discovering fun new places on the regular.
The playground at Pioneer Park is one of Landscape Structures’ Inclusive playgrounds, which means they have designed the playscape thoughtfully, considering accessibility (such as wide ramps and platforms that can accommodate wheelchairs), sensory stimulation, and age and developmental variability.
It’s not your average playground.
My kids were thrilled as they ran from slide to swing to climber, exploring different heights, and figuring out what they could accomplish.
The playground was the perfect backdrop for child-like imagination. I love how my kids work together to create a story or game just from their own minds, and having the unique equipment to incorporate was perfect for them. They had a ball!
Since starting our gap year, we have spent more time together as a family than ever, and more time at playgrounds than we ever used to! It has been a wonderful blessing.
On travel days, sometimes it makes more sense for us to stop in the middle of the day for a lengthy break from the car, usually bringing a picnic lunch to a playground so the kids can get their jumpys out and then nap in the car afterward! And the great news is that Landscape Structures has inclusive playgrounds all over the nation! Click here to find one near you.
I’m glad that my kids have one another to play with, when it’s just us, but when other kids are around, I love that my kids are brave enough to make instant friends and play with others. I often wish, as an adult, that I was just as fearless in connecting with other people around me.
Kids learn so much through play, and the playground is a great place for them to interact with others and develop social skills. Inclusive play allows them to connect with other children of all abilities and backgrounds. It gives them a chance to practice leadership, persistence, support, and empathy.
October is Sensory Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to take the kids to explore a new playground. Take a moment to visit PlayLSI on their social channels and learn more about their mission: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Make today an adventure!