Guest post by Mary Franzoni
Travel blogger – playground expert
When we think of a playground, the image we get is usually that of slide, swing and maybe rocking horses.
But the playground is actually much more: a creative and exciting place that is often suitable to entertain grown-ups as well as children.
Worldwide, there are amazing places for kids and here we suggest the 7 best playgrounds, not to be missed!
Denmark is the kingdom of the playground.
In the city of Aarhus there is our favourite one: on the four sides of DOKK1, a modern design building which houses a library, art exhibitions and other cultural activities, the playground makes play children of all ages.
Climb the stairs and you find a big bird to climb, then go further and meet the bear you can enter to hide inside. For the little ones there is the jungle with a hammocks, monkeys and swing baskets. Many fantastic animals in this dream playground.
You cannot leave Denmark without visiting one of the many Copenhagen’s playgrounds in the Monstrum district. The most beautiful? The one within the Tivoli Gardens! Colours and magic in every corner, musical instruments to play, a ship to sail, the tall tower of a castle to reach.
In Europe we cannot avoid to mention the Gulliver Playground, located in the Jardin del Turia in Valencia.
A 70-meter-tall giant fills the area and makes everyone play. Legs and arms that become big slides, hair that are ropes to climb: every part of his body is a chance to play. An unforgettable playground.
Let’s move from Spain to the United States, in the heart of the Big Apple. Here, between the 42th and the 11th Av, to welcome children eager to play there is a puppet seated on the ground that seems to wait for the young visitors. In the shadow of skyscrapers, a unique place to play.
Equally unique and incredibly characteristic are the playgrounds of Singapore, built in the shape of a dragon: their name is Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio Dragon Playground: not at all modern, not exactly cool but incredibly interesting for their typicality.
A completely different appeal is the one of the playground close to the Petronas Tower, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Slides of every height, pyramids to climb, a free swimming pool to cool off in hot days playing and admiring an unforgettable skyline.
We end our tour in Australia, a land of beaches and nature where the playgrounds may not be seen as interesting or useful but that are, on the contrary, outstanding. In Perth, for example, within the Kings Garden, the most important green space of the city, there is a place where you go to spend some time and you end up staying all day long. The Sinergy Playground welcomes you with an island dedicated to the children’s play in the middle of an artificial lake: all around, big fake animals to climb, logs and stones to jump on. Here, while the children play, the parents cook on the barbecue to spend a family day in the nature.