Playground Safety Tips At The Park

Posted on July 9, 2018 in Kids safety/ Tips

We have been spending an awful lot of time at the park and playgrounds near our house lately. It’s been a lot of fun but it can also be stressful for us parents! Watching all the kids playing while also trying to chase the toddler, and cuddle the baby. It’s no easy task but we gotta do it! So I thought I’d write up a post about our safety tips and how we go about heading to the park and making sure it’s a great time and the stress is at a minimum for all.

Playground Safety Tips At The Park

  • Check the Park area: Before allowing the kids to run up to the playground and play I do a quick general check for broken glass, water or objects that may be harmful. Once the area is clear the kids are free to play!
  • Assign Buddies: Going with a group? Have more than two kids? Assign buddies! When we go anywhere we do this but recently started doing it for the park too. Usually, it’s an older kid with a small kid, so Kyla with Hanna, Ava with Justin and Jayden with Jackson. They stick together, watch over each other while mom and dad watch as well. Extra eyes on each child = bonus out at a park.
  • Have Ground Rules: No pushing of anyone is #1. Being mindful of other people, using our manners and watching our words are the basic rules. Also no wandering off without our buddy, and telling mom and dad. This means even if you want to play on the slide then switch to the swings where are generally only a few feet away we must let mom and dad know! Want to go down the slide? Make sure the bottom is clear and you wait your turn, always! Roughhousing on playground equipment automatically gets you sent to the bench for the remainder of the time at the park.
  • Proper Park Clothing: No clothing with drawstrings or cords. These could get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child or hurt them badly.
  • Age Appropriate Equipment: Depending on the child’s age they may need to stay away from the monkey bars, swings etc. If the child is too small they will get hurt. Making sure they stay on equipment that is appropriate for their ages will nix most falls and injuries at the park.

I’m sure reading all of that makes you wonder where all the fun will come in but having 8 kids and having to take 7 to the park at once – it gets easier and once everyone realizes these safety tips really do help all the fun is had.

We’ve already been to the park over ten times since Summer break started on June 29th and we’ve had zero injuries or tears at every outing! Be sure to pack water, snacks, wipes and some sunscreen when you go – and if you are lucky like us and live close to a park with a bathroom you are set for tons of fun!

What kind of tips do you think would help eliminate injuries and create a safe, fun park trip?

 

13 Comments

  • Reply Stacie July 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I love these tips. Playgrounds are a great place for kids to blow off steam and get some exercise, but they can also be dangerous. It pays to be diligent.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman July 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I generally only have one kid at the park but my kids are older now. It is so nice you have all your kids in front of you and playing safely, that sounds like a great summer activity.

  • Reply Vera Sweeney July 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Going to the park should be a fun experience for the kids. Your tips are such great ideas to ensure endless fun.

  • Reply Bill Sweeney July 9, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    We like to take our kids for a walk to the park and hang out there for a couple of hours. What great tips to make sure everything runs smoothly and no accidents.

  • Reply robin rue July 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Proper clothing AND footwear. I can’t tell you how many kids I have seen with foot injuries at the park because their parents sent them out to play in flip flips. Ugh!

  • Reply Karen Morse July 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I love all these tips that you shared! It’s really important that we prioritize a child’s safety especially in the playground where there are many risks.

  • Reply Carol Cassara July 9, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome and must needed safety rules for the kids especially this summer when they’e mostly at the playground climbing and running around. I think it’s really important to have rules that they can follow to keep them safe at all times and to avoid accidents that could hurt them or other kids badly.

  • Reply Peter July 9, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    These are some very good ‘tis. I’m glad you take the kids to the park more often than I do

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom Blog July 10, 2018 at 1:05 am

    I used to love taking my kids to the park when they were little. These are great tips for taking your kids to the playground at the park.

  • Reply Kiwi July 10, 2018 at 1:15 am

    All great playground tips! I enjoyed this list I dont have kids yet but this will stay with me!

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore July 10, 2018 at 1:55 am

    These are really awesome tips! Everyone’s safety is really important especially if you are in public parks and playgrounds.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc July 10, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I like the idea of having a sibling buddy. It would give the elder child a sense of responsibility towards the younger sibling. I take my grandchildren to the playground not only to enjoy playing but to also learn some social skills.

  • Reply Catvills July 11, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Going to the playground is a great way to lessen screen time. Kids need to be active so they develop their physique. It would also help them to learn how to work as a team (for group play) and improve interaction with other kids their age.

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