Kids Castle – Central Park

17 Jul

Being that my parents live on the border of Bucks and Montgomery counties we frequently find ourselves making some park stops in these areas. While I know this park is not in Berks county, I also know that many parents find themselves in surrounding counties with their children.

Location: 425 Wells Road Doylestown, PA 18901 ~ The first time we visited I thought that we were lost, the roads can be somewhat twisty and turny. When you first pull in you will see a parking lot and a smaller playground with the castle in the distance.

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Accessibility: Strollers, wagons, bikes pretty much anything with wheels. The walking path is paved and you can even get your stroller into the kids castle area so that all of your things are nearby.

Amenities: Central Park does have public bathrooms out closer to the parking lot. The park is pretty big featuring a large pavilion, grassy hills and fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a paved walking path (There may be more then just these things but I have yet to discover)

Ages: All ages, there is something for everyone here !

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KIDS CASTLE : the Kids Castle playground area is very unique and pretty inspiring. The Castle it’s self is 8 stories high ! My almost two year old and husband were able to make it up and all things considering it is a safe structure for the younger ones as long as they have some supervision. Surrounding the castle there are swing-sets, and smaller play areas to accommodate the younger crowd. I almost always have a problem trying to keep my toddler on the age appropriate equipment but here she was not bored at all  ! Another wonderful feature is a handicapped friendly swing.

Additional Info: There are not many shady places inside the Kids Castle play area , on a sunny day it can really get hot ! Please remember extra sunscreen, hats, water etc. Shade is one of the reasons I almost always bring my stroller ( at least the girls can be out of the sun while they snack or eat lunch). I would also recommend skipping the sandals at the playground. Some areas are wood chips while others are sandy.

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Regretfully I did not take pictures of the smaller areas but trust me when I say they are wonderfully creative and really inspire some imaginative play.

City Park ~ Bandshell Concert Series

14 Jul

As many of you know last night was the first night of the Bandshell Concert Series located at City Park in Reading PA. Being a free, family oriented event we decided to make the short drive.

Location: City Park- Hill Rd & Constitution Way, Reading, PA 19602. You will see a giant band-shell !

Accessibility: Strollers, wagons, baby carriers or whatever floats your boat ! Parking is on either side of the roads surrounding the park, while it may be difficult to find a spot if you arrive later then 6:30pm for a 7pm concert, no one really has to park more then a block or two away. The Bandshell area is located on a grassy incline with a paved path around the outside. No matter where you are in the park you will have a view of the bandshell !

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Ages: this is definitely an all ages event. The majority of the people who were in attendance were either retirement age or younger couples with small children. The music and environment was much more fun then expected.

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Amenities: The Bandshell concert series features a number of different food and drink vendors that are located towards the back of the park. They also have trash/recycling throughout the park and portable bathrooms (at least for the concert series).

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Additional info: I would strongly suggest bringing chairs or blankets to sit on ! There is also a moat…yes I said moat ! that surrounds the bandshell. If you are sitting down in front ( where there are many people dancing) please be aware that there is water there and if your child is like mine they will be gunning to get in !!!

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Enjoying some french fries from Stephan’s Concessions !

While City Park is located in the City of Reading it feels like it is worlds away. The Bandshell Concert Series is a wonderful, free, family friendly event taking place on Friday nights at 7pm.

 

 

Rustic Park

12 Jul

Located in Birdsboro PA, Rustic Park is definatly one of my new favorite locations !

  • Location: 1314 Hay Creek Road Birdsboro PA. It can be a little tricky to find, follow the road over the train tracks and you will dead end into the gravel parking lot.
  • Accessibility: Most strollers/wagons should work on the gravel trail and grassy areas. There are no steps, with the exception being the slope of the low bank that runs along side the creek.
  • Ages: all ages they really have something for everyone !
  • Attire: I would suggest to dress for the weather with a spare change of clothes ! The creek that runs along side the park is great for wading and very clean. There are lots of stones and rocks so water shoes or something of the like are highly recommended !
  • Amenities: there are 4 pavilions at rustic park which I believe all have a grill. They are medium sized and are available to rent through bridsboro parks and recreation ( you do not have to be a resident) The bathrooms are accessible by key only !!! which means there are no public restrooms at this park unless you are renting a pavilion.
  • Busy Times: there is a playground program during the summer at this park. The program utilizes the last pavilion and the play equipment that is at the end of the path.

The park runs along side of Hay Creek which seems to be well maintained and in my opinion was the highlight of our day trip. My husband and myself were able to take our two daughters 22mo and 10mo into the water. It was very clean and had a low bank on the side with the park.

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Unlike many other parks/playgrounds we have visited, Rustic park features play equipment and swings spread out along a gravel path . Some of the play areas are more shaded then others but we still had fun on a hot day !

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Rustic park is a wonderful, quiet location that is truly tucked away and available to those who are willing to seek out some of the areas natural treasures.

Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road Playground

20 Jun

Today, despite the heat we decided to vist the Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road Playgroud located just past the intersections of Tuckerton and Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road in Muhlenburg.

The playground features some new playground equimpment and some unique pieces. It really has something for every age group. The ground underneath the equipment is wood chips so I would recommend sneakers!

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