Madills Farm Playground.
Hey parents, remember when your life revolved around socialising and you spent half your time searching for the latest, greatest place to have a drink, eat a meal or watch a show? You’d chat endlessly with friends about some new place you read about in Metro, or how much you loved frequenting your old favourites? You’d discuss all the pros and cons, whether there were lines or cover charges, how good the cocktails were and whether the menu was interesting enough?
I used to be like that. Now I spend half my life asking other parents for recommendations on playgrounds. And nothing else. Restaurants? I like McDonald’s because there’s a playground my toddler can’t escape from and they serve drinkable coffee. Drinking? Sometimes I treat myself to a glass of wine on a Friday night, if I don’t have any work to do. Jeeesus, life has toned down somewhat ay.
I’m quite obsessed with discovering new playgrounds. Henry would play in the same one every day without complaint but I get bored shitless starting at the same configuration of giant plastic constuctions. Most of the time I meet a friend at a playground and that means I like them to be fenced so I can relax a tiny little bit and actually finish a sentence once in awhile.
So I thought today you Aucklanders might help a brother out and share your best fenced playground suggestions with me? Happy to drive all over the show for a nice relaxed playground visit. Bonus points for: cleanliness, coffee within walking distance, central locations and ones which suit crawlers as well as toddlers.
Some that I can share: Sylvia Park has an inside one (at the Food Court) and an outside one (by Baby Factory), Mairangi Bay has an amazing one, Madills Farm (above) looks fantastic, Michael’s Ave in Ellerslie is a winner and there’s one at the Manukau Super Centre (in front of the Coffee Club) which is brilliant.