I even got to participate in ways that were great fun for me and the kids.
They turned nine last month but we were away for their birthday so we took this day to celebrate it with them. We had to wait a few minutes before it opened.
First you go in and you have to find a number of old nails or wood splinters of a certain size to be able to obtain hammer and nails for creating/adding to the structures in the playground. I'm glad the kids knew the ropes.
This is where they got their tools, and later where my grand daughter and I got buckets of paint and brushes to go back and paint over painted wood planks decorating them with our own motifs.
She finds a hammock inside one structure to rest on.
He formulates a plan for his first creative endeavor with wood, hammer and nails.
She grabs the rope for a swing around the pile of old tires!
He finds another kid to play a game with.
Later, she and grandpa went for a Free Sailboat ride and he and I sat by the water to sketch.
While we waited for the boaters to return he climbed this wonderful tree.
And I drew him doing so.
Later we returned to the playground where they both had great fun going down the ski line.
And walking back up again from the dirt landing to do it again, and again, and again!
Afterwards we took them to have ice cream cones, before taking them home.
I left feeling full of joy as a very, very, very happy Grandma.