Playgrounds are typically associated with a child’s well-being, but they also provide plenty of benefits to adults. Parents get a well-deserved break from entertaining their kids while keeping the house clean. They can also visit different parks in the area to keep things interesting.
Let’s cover three reasons why playgrounds provide benefits to both children and adults. When everyone recognizes these benefits, playgrounds become valued parts of our communities - the way they should be!
1. Change of Scenery
With more parents working from home, it’s not uncommon for whole families to spend the entire day indoors. While it’s nice to have more family time, it can also make parents and kids feel trapped and frustrated, something dubbed “coronavirus cabin fever.”
Thankfully, a quick trip to the playground can turn everyone’s attitudes around. There’s no set time to arrive so parents can choose a time that works for them - after lunch, before nap, etc. Kids get the change of scenery they need - and so do parents.
When it’s time to head home, the hope is that everyone feels refreshed. And, on a warm, sunny day, families can stay and enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables!
2. Meet Others in the Community
Many parents bring their children to the park to meet others, but they tend to overlook their own connections. This is why it’s important to create inclusive, thoughtfully designed playgrounds. For example, when commercial park benches are strategically placed, they facilitate conversation among adults.
Even if parents don’t make a long-term friend, just a few minutes of adult time can help them feel more connected to their community. At the very least, they can enjoy some time with their child and build memories that will last a lifetime.
3. Fresh Air and Exercise
We can’t overlook the benefits of getting fresh air and exercise. Everyone needs this regardless of age. Unfortunately, sitting outdoors while kids play can be a tedious chore for parents. A quick trip to the park, however, gives Mom and Dad time to relax while the kids run around in a safe, secure area.
Of course, there are ways to get the adults involved as well. By offering an obstacle course or outdoor fitness equipment, you invite parents to get in a workout of their own. This frees up time because they don't have to go to the gym. They can spend time as a family while getting a workout that meets their needs.
As you can see, playgrounds are for more than just kids. They offer endless benefits for both kids and parents while also promoting healthy habits. If you’re currently working on a playground project, contact Cunningham Recreation to discuss a custom playground design.