When I was little my mom babysat 5 other kids from the neighbourhood. When we were looking for something different to do, the kids would pile into the family van and go on a playground adventure. We’d be ferried all around town looking for the best playgrounds!
When we found a good one, we’d excitedly inspect every section of the playground and as soon as the playground passed our very thorough inspection, we’d launch into the game of the day or something brand new we made up on the spot. The Lava Game, tag or just plain old swings would keep us occupied for hours. Or it seemed like hours anyways. Looking back it probably wasn’t even long enough to let my mom relax for 5 minutes but it seemed like an epic adventure in time and scale for us at the time.
I’m assuming kids these days (and parents) can still enjoy a good romp around a well-designed playground, I thought I should point out a few good ones around Parksville that can keep the kids entertained for minutes, err, hours.
Pacific Shores offers a nice playground at the resort, which is convenient for families who would like to stay close to their suite and prefer not to drive. It is very close to the BBQ area so parents can keep their kids entertained while they are busy preparing a feast for the family. If you are feeling like exploring though, Parksville offers many playgrounds within minutes of the resort.
Foster Park on Pym Street is a large neighbourhood park on a quiet street in the north end of Parksville. The main attraction of the park is the playground. A few swings, a playground structure with slides as well as a merri-go-round and a couple other features round out the fun at this playground. The large grassy area, tall trees and a quaint gazebo make this relaxing park to visit. Bring a basketball and shoot some hoops on the small court or just take in the view from the many benches. You can stay for extended periods here because of all the space and bathrooms in the small building near the entrance to the park.