Back in July I came across the blogpost 30 Challenges for 30 Days . I was intrigued. I like small challenges. I like the thought of collecting moments not things. So I decided to drive a different way to my daughter’s summer camp every morning. I didn’t really track it though or take it too seriously.
I reread the blogpost in the beginning of August. I haven’t been accomplishing my goals lately. I needed to get back into the habit of doing so. 30 different playgrounds in 30 days became my new challenge.
I decided on 30 playgrounds for a few reasons. Camp was almost over. I wanted to add fun experiences to my daughter’s summer. There are many playgrounds relatively near to my home. I owned the book The Playground Guide: Best of Bergen County New Jersey, so I might as well use it. Going to most playgrounds is relatively free.
I managed to get to 27 playgrounds in the time frame of the challenge. I failed forward. I didn’t get to all 30 but I did go to more playgrounds than if I hadn’t set the challenge. Here are the 27 indoor/outdoor playgrounds. A few are outside of Bergen County, NJ.
1. Faber Field, Glen Rock
2. Memorial Park, Maywood
3. Besen Park, Paramus
4. Petruska Park, Paramus
5. Oradell Kid’s Foundation Playground, Oradell
6. Veterans Memorial Park, River Edge
7. Van Saun Park, Paramus
8. Dunkerhook, Paramus
9. Saddle River County Park, Glen Rock
10. Otto C. Pehle Area, Saddle Brook
11. Wild Duck Pond, Ridgewood
12. Screaming Parties, Paramus, indoor
13. Chuck E. Cheese, Paramus, indoor
14. Cedar Creek Campground, Bayville, NJ, camping, swimming
15. Doug Parcell’s Athletic Complex, Oradell
16. Graydon Park, Ridgewood
17. William J. Dudley Park, Bayville, swimming
18. Allaire State Park, Farmingdale, NJ, train ride, museum, village to tour
19. Memorial School, Paramus
20. Ridge Ranch School, Paramus
21. Foscshini Park, Hackensack
22. Johnson Park, Hackensack
23. Votee Park, Teaneck
24. Votee Park, Teaneck, two separate playgrounds
25. Staib Park, Hackensack
26. Finch Park, Ramsey
27. Supereenio Park, Haworth
The experience was wonderful for my daughter. She was excited every time we left on another adventure to find a new playground. Her social skills with other children definitely improved as she became more at ease with either joining or inviting other kids to play. She learned from other girls not me that brothers can be annoying. Going down the fire pole is a favorite of hers as is swinging on the swings. Her climbing ability and confidence have improved tremendously. She exclaimed, “I did it!” many times. Two ice pops were also scored at Otto C Pehle Area in Saddle Brook and Votee Park in Teaneck.
The challenge was great for me too. I loved watching her play and grow. I had great conversations with other parents. Exploring where you live and travel to can be an adventure, especially when you think you know where you are going. I hate giving in and using GPS. I now have a new list of places to go when my daughter asks/demands where are we going to go today. The sense of accomplishment I feel is now fueling me for the next 30 day challenge I set myself. 30 days of only eating meals that are Cooking Light Magazine recipes.