Spring is making its way to Minnesota, and after a long, cold winter, parents are looking for ways to get their kids outside, into the sun, and active once again.
For kids in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, a visit to Bloomington’s “Chutes and Ladders” park should be what they’re begging their parents for. This playground is a maze of slides and climbing structures that inspire movement and are just plain fun. It doesn’t matter what ages your kids are; our three-year-old loved it as much as the eight-year-old did, and there were quite a few parents emerging from the long silver slide with big grins on their faces as well.
Technically known as Three Rivers Park District’s Hyland Play Area, Chutes and Ladders is the affectionate nickname given to this large play area. The park also includes trails, picnic areas, and a lake, and has a seasonal restroom/concession building adjacent to the playground.
For little ones, there’s a tot-sized climber, and there are handicap-accessible areas to play as well. For those who don’t like to climb and slide, a few swings are also on site.
Hyland Play Area is part of the Hyland Lake Park Preserve, located at 10145 Bush Lake Road in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is open from 9 a.m. to sunset, April through October. The park is free to visit.
Moms and dads may well want to chase the kids through the maze, but if they’d prefer to watch from the sidelines, there are plenty of picnic tables and benches available. The biggest problem is keeping track of the kids; once they’re in the play structure, good luck in finding them when it’s time to go home!
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Linda (minnemom) writes about family travel at Travels with Children.