If the weather is nice, there are a few great playgrounds to hit up around town.
MiniBury’s personal favorite, the East Middlebury playground, is probably the least well known in the area, but offers a great array of equipment that caters to both the big-kid daredevils and the little minis. Bonus: Picnic tables in the shade and a blacktop for an impromptu bball game, sidewalk chalk, or first laps without training wheels. Location: School House Road, East Middlebury
Formally KidSpace, now named “Hawk Zone,” located at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, is a weekend only space (pictured left). That said, it’s not to be missed as it’s quite massive. The playground was built in 2015, has handicapped access. The blacktop is great for wheeled riding toys. There are also swings and sports fields. Bonus: There is a mini-kid zone too for those not quite ready for the big playground. Location: Mary Hogan Drive, Middlebury
Next to the hawk zone is the Middlebury Recreation Park, which is equipped with a small fenced playground. This is a perfect baby/toddler playground, as it’s enclosed and small in scale. Bonus: Close parking (and lots of it) means toddlers can make the trip from the car to the playground without a lift from mom or dad. Location: Mary Hogan Drive, Middlebury
Middlebury’s Pop-Up Park: features a skate ramp and small slide. Location: The alley between Main Street down into Marble Works. Visit soon, this park will only be here this year. (Pictured left)
Bristol Green now boasts a new playground that’s beautiful in design and execution. Features handicapped ramp, sandbox area, and unique monkey bars. (Pictured right) Location: Bristol green