You might be a parent if…a trip to Costco becomes an “adventure”. But their pizza is good and there’s a lot of Arlington (Virginia), where my Costco of choice is located, that I haven’t explored so after a quick Google/Yelp sesh I decided Ooey and I would visit Rocky Run Park before shopping.
Rocky Run Park in Arlington follows the trend of having two seperate play areas, one for littles and one for older kids. The older kid area is uh-mazing and Ooey was really frustrated that she couldn’t make it to the top of their play structure, a jumble of ropes and rock holds leading to a giant slide. There’s no easy way up, a group of kids had dubbed it the ‘American Ninja Warrior Challenge’ and were racing each other to the top. Meanwhile other kids were half-way up and screaming for help to get down, this is not a park for the faint of heart.
As badly as Ooey wanted me to get her to the top of the big kid slide I opted for something more laid back and Ooey bee-lined for the water and sand pit in the littles section. Yes, you read that right, someone (who I can’t imagine is a parent to a small child) decided it would be brilliant to put a water spigot in a sand pit. It was truly delightful for Ooey to wallow in the pretend beach, and her new friend even crowned her with a dollop of sand, wonderful. My kid was now a sugar cookie.
My stomach reminded me that we had stayed long past lunch time, and I had some gooey Costco pizza calling my name. I stripped Ooey down to her onsie, sand everywhere! But I didn’t get a ticket for parking in front of a busted meter, so thats a plus.
All in all, great play date spot at a park that’s not afraid to have adventurous features. A few moms at the park recommended grabbing coffee at the Starbucks which is a short walk away.