Spring is in the air, and that means more opportunities to get out to Austin's many local parks before the summer brings its inevitable blistering heat. In this series, we're profiling several different parks in the central and north parts of town and rating them from a twin mom's perspective. The rating depends on three categories:
- Fun, or variety of age appropriate activities - Are there play areas for toddlers and older kids? Lots of things to do, or is everyone going to be bored after five minutes?
- Sun, or weather resistance - Are you going to be left in the harsh sun the entire time? Or are there plenty of shaded areas? What about picnic tables and pavilions for breaks?
- Run, aka flight risk - Probably the most important factor to consider since twin moms are almost always outnumbered. Is the space fairly easy to manage, or will you be left in the dust as your kids run for the hills, or worse, the street?
Note: My children are ages 3 and 1, so a lot of my opinions are based on their abilities and my need to keep a close eye on them.
Today we're talking about Robinson Playground Park. Just down the street from Springwoods Park, at the corner of Anderson Mill and Amasia, Robinson is a smaller, more intimate park that is much more manageable for moms with young children, many children, or in my case, many young children.
- FUN: High. This park may be small, but it has plenty of activities. Smaller children can explore the Little Tikes playscape, climb on the little dinosaurs, or relax in the bucket swings. My 3 year olds spend a good amount of time in the little "playhouse" under the playscape. Older kids will love the zipline and slides on the larger playscape. There's also a wobbly balance beam and a tire swing.
- SUN: Medium. Plenty of shade, plenty of sun, and plenty of tables very close to the play area, as well as a nearby pavilion with several more tables.
- RUN: Low. The small size of Robinson Park makes it easy to spot a would be wanderer, and there's a fence that serves as a barrier to the busier streets of Anderson Mill and Amasia. There's a trail that runs around the park and leads to a greenbelt, and it's fun to gather the troops and take a little walk.
- Overall grade: Excellent. I have to say that Robinson Park is my favorite to visit because of it's manageability. There's plenty to do, and it's easy to keep an eye on everyone.
Robinson Playground Park is clean, shaded, and small, but definitely not lacking in fun activities. It's perfect for birthday parties, play dates, or even last minute trips.
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