As a family who is often on the go, I feel like it’s very important to our children’s well being to make time for play. Today I’ve partnered with Gymboree to discuss the importance of play, and to introduce their new Hop ‘N’ Roll line (Søren’s outfit is from there!), which helps donate play space to underserved communities across America. All of the benefits of active play aside, it’s also important to me to be able to connect with my boys on their level, in a forum they are most comfortable with. For us, play means taking time out of our busy schedule to say, “Hey, I made this time just for you”. While it doesn’t seem like a huge gesture, time is one of the most precious gifts that you can give. It doesn’t age, it doesn’t break, and you most certainly can’t get it back. Some of the fondest memories I have with my family is when we’ve all taken time to play together. Play doesn’t always have to be a big extravagant vacation or trip to a theme park. It can mean lots more in a quiet room at home, in your own backyard, or a trip to a local park. While we are always on the lookout for cool parks abroad, I’ve rounded up our top 5 parks in the San Francisco Bay Area (we think so, at least!).
Helen Diller Playground at Mission Dolores Park
19th & Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Koret Children’s Quarter Playground at Golden Gate Park
Martin Luther King, Jr and Bowling Green Drive
San Francisco, CA 94117
160 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94710
Oak Meadow Park
233 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, California 95032
Shoreline Park at Mountain View
3070 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
This post is sponsored by Gymboree. To learn more about Gymboree’s Hop ‘N’ Roll line and how you can help create better play spaces in underserved communities across America, please shop the Hop ‘N’ Roll line or consider making a donation. All opinions, text, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make life here at Team Wiking a little sweeter.
What are your favorite ways to incorporate play into your child’s life? Do you remember playing with your parents as a child?