Whew! It has been hot out! Our family had planned on visiting a lot more playgrounds than we actually have this summer. Instead, this summer has found us at the library at least once a week. But, playgrounds have still been a must for us, and our favorite, by far, this summer has been the playground at Warren Township Park in Gurnee.
Warren Township Park, Gurnee
First of all, I have been a frequent Lake County playground visitor for about six years now. I have NEVER been to this one until recently. Friends have told me it was huge and hard to keep track of multiple kids, which had deterred me. But, I went anyhow, as I was feeling brave! It was effortless to find with the ol’ GPS, and parking was plentiful. The playground is located on the campus of the Warren Township Center, 17801 W. Washington St. in Gurnee.
As we walked in, there were bathrooms available, as well as drink machines. Places to sit in the shade and have a snack and drink were plentiful. There are several separate play areas aimed at different ages, as well as a giant sandpit.
Because of the large area and my kids being of different ages (almost-2, 3, and 6), they all wanted to do different things. So, it started- keeping track and trying to wrangle. But, man, it was worth it, this place is amazing! What a treasure of a playground to find.
My six-year-old loved climbing to the very top of a very tall climbing structure and giving me a heart attack in the meantime.
My three-year-old loved the little rock climbing wall and slides. My one-year-old loved the swings, and there were plenty of them! From regular baby swings to giant plastic red seats to huge swinging disks. She had a ball.
In the end, the kids all played in the sandpit together, filling buckets with the water pumps and making rivers. The sandpit has many toys available in it, so you don’t need to bring your own. Many were broken, though, so they had to hunt for suitable ones.
The worst part was keeping track of the kids and getting them all to play in the same area. But, if you have kids similar in age, or take another helper, it shouldn’t be a problem. All in all, the kids and I had a great time playing! I will definitely be going back very soon. Visit the Warren Township Park District website for more information.
Warren Township Park
17801 W Washington Street, Gurnee, IL 60031
(corner of Washington Street and Almond Road)
Have you been to Warren Township Park? What are your tips and tricks for handling multiple kids?