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T. Rexes at the Dark Dinosaur Cave

The boys (“T. Rexes”) and I visited the All Children’s Playground (“Dark Dinosaur Cave”) at Laurel Hills Park this afternoon after church. Now that the weather is warming up, I can easily see this becoming a typical Sunday: Church, picnic lunch at a playground, and then play! We took Gavin to this playground once several years ago and I was reminded of it again recently when he was invited to a birthday party held there that he unfortunately had to miss due to our Florida trip.

We quickly ate a small lunch at one of the many picnic tables surrounding the playground and then spent the next two hours playing. The boys loved this playground! There is a large wooden structure with steps, tunnels, bridges, and hidden cubbies. The boys found one of these cubbies on the ground level with a ceiling so low that I couldn’t even enter and declared it the “Dark Dinosaur Cave.” They spent half of the time running around and roaring like T. Rexes.

Gavin ran around the play structure for a long time trying to escape Jasper who was completely oblivious to the fact that he should have been chasing his brother.

Roaring was involved at this moment, no doubt…

The mood of this photo is completely different than the rest. I love how the light is hitting Gavin’s face in the dark tire cave.

The playground has three metal slides including this wide, open slide. I must have asked the boys a half dozen times to slide down together, but this is the closest shot of a dual slide that I got.

One of the others is this open spiral slide. Jasper has always been our slide aficionado, but it was Gavin who threw himself down each slide without hesitation and Jasper was initially afraid today. Finally, by the end of our stay, Jasper summoned his courage and went down this spiral slide.

This was such an enjoyable visit because Jasper wasn’t clinging to my side the entire time. He was often out of sight, running away from me, and playing amongst other kids. I’m not sure if this was a permanent breakthrough, but it was nice for a few hours! I took several shots of him running AWAY from me in public just in case this was a fluke and this phenomenon doesn’t happen again for a while.

At one point while Gavin was hiding from us and Jasper didn’t know he should be chasing his brother, Jasper rode his first tire swing.

Sand is always a highlight of any playground visit. Jasper spent a lot of time “paving roads” and “drilling holes” with sticks.

The boys were often out of sight. This is a large structure and it’s easy to lose track of them (particularly two of them!) as they climb through it. There were lots of parents continuously circling the structure while tracking their kids just like me. At one point, I rounded the corner and found them both resting on a bench. They certainly got a lot of exercise today!

Jasper climbing far away from me again … I can’t believe this is actually my child!

I’d lose them for a while and then catch a brief glimpse…

The third slide, and second of two that caused Jasper fear at first, was this short, covered slide. I think he was just afraid of bumping his head. He finally flew down this chute near the end of the afternoon as well.