Some of the best days I spend with my kids start with the street directory and me saying “Let’s find a new park!”
The brand new Playground Finder app gives my random street directory approach both a modern edge and some quality control.
Using your phone’s GPS, Playground Finder locates nearby playgrounds, particularly good if you have to find one in a hurry (and we all know that sometimes three-year-olds have an urgent need for a quick slide).
Playground Finder also allows you to read and contribute to reviews of the listed playgrounds which is a particularly helpful feature. Parents often include things in reviews that might otherwise be overlooked. That said, I will restrain myself from adding to the review of my local park that although there are no public toilets, the shrubs in the north west corner will suffice in an emergency…
Basically, this app will get better and better as more people contribute reviews and add their favourite parks. The app links to the Playground Finder website that includes some terrific lists compiled by playground fans. For example, plan your road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide with stops at guaranteed great parks (and I can testify that the playground at Keith is like nothing I have seen anywhere else and my kids still rave about it two years after our visit!).
Playground Finder is free and available via iTunes.