So like I mentioned in my previous post (Fun Fall Day in NYC that Your Tweens Will Love!!! 👭👭🍭🍫📱🖥🛤🗽) the first half of our day was made up of Meatpacking District fun for the tweens- Sugar Factory for their new insane milkshakes, then next door for the instagram tunnel at Samsung Studio and then a walk down the Highline!🍦📱🖥🚶🏽♀️
When we exited the Highline we hopped back in the Sprinter and headed to the 42nd street pier on the West side. 🚐This is where you can get the Beast boat ride, that is a summer must do with kids. 🚤
Another fun thing to do there is the whimsical water fountain playground that the kids love to run through in the summer. ⛲️ We did it last summer and the kids spent a solid hour splashing and running through the fountain!
We weren’t prepared with bathing suits and it was too chilly at 4pm to get wet. But instead we walked over to rent bikes from Blazing Saddles.
🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲We rented 2 tandem bikes and 4 children’s bikes to take turns with.
We set off biking uptown along the bike trail on the West Side Highway? 🏞
First we stopped at Hudson River Park for some pretty views.
Then we continued along at a nice leisurely speed to enjoy the warm setting sun.🌅
Until we happened upon…a very magical place. This place, I’ve imagined in my head since I’ve had kids but I’ve never found it…until now. 😍 When I first saw it I got tears in my eyes…😅 I was getting to check off another thing on my life bucket list.✔️ It was called “Classic Playground” and it was on 74th street and Riverside Park. So to remind me of days past I decided to put the pics in black and white…
I threw off my helmet and shouted for the girls to come with me!!! 🙋🏽 Memories flooded back in my head of being a little girl in Queens.🗽 I don’t know about Long Island parks growing up in the 70s/80s but this parks evoked very strong memories for me..☺️
Back to my childhood at PS 178 where many memories were made on the monkey bars. This was like seeing an extinct dinosaur. Black chipping paint and all…vintage in the flesh!
I smiled and told the girls stories about how fun it was trying to go thru the maze of the monkey bars and flipping around the bars pretending I was a gymnast. They couldn’t wait to climb to the top! ⬆️🔁
Then I went on to test out the tall metal slide, again telling tales of what it was like sliding down scorching metal on a hot summer day as a child.😫😖 Ahhhh those were the days. 😂The days of a scorched ass. My shirt got caught on the handle and I literally thought it was going to rip right off…hence my face! 😹
Next we made our way over to the famous seesaws. Another dinosaur. The girls watched how I balanced and walked up the one side of the seesaw and then crashed back down and I walked back down it. They couldn’t wait to try it out. They were impressed and it was cute. 👏🏽👍🏽Then I reminded them about the etiquette of being on a seesaw, how you let the other person know you want to get off, you don’t just jump off when your on the bottom, so that your friend doesn’t come crashing down….😂😂 sounds funny but kids these days don’t KNOW these vintage structures and their “dangers”…
We took our time playing on all the park equipment and I gotta say for a simple park, the kids were very excited and very entertained I had to drag them out.
Kids these days are so used to high tech playgrounds and massive stimulation so it was really a nice thing to witness a throwback to the simpler days….and of course in keeping with our artsy theme they loved taking pics…📸📸📸
We were having so much fun by the time we looked at our watch we had to return the bikes in 10 minutes…⏳⌛️we had 30 blocks to cover so we raced back!!!!😳 Yes it was a long day but, with a bunch of good kids and fun activities the day just flew by!!! 💨💨💨