Time for another park review! Since I am basically a homebody, and also a severe creature of habit, I seriously need to be convinced with promises of wonderlands in order to convince me to leave my comfortable circle of park favorites. So when a friend sent me the address of a park we'd never visited before, I put on my big girl pants, packed some snacks, and hauled my kids to the unknown. Here's what we thought about Creekside Park.
What we liked:
Here are my top tips for making mom friends:
Compliment her kid.
Find something you're genuinely impressed with,
and open the conversation with something positive:
"He's got great hair!"
"She is such a jumper!"
"I love those boots!"
Something of the sort.
Obvious inquiries include age (of the kid, obvs) and name,
but feel free to ask about other topics that
might lead to more interesting conversation:
"How did you choose his name?"
"Do you guys play here often?"
"Have you seen every episode of Octonauts?
Because I have. Twice."
What we didn't so much like:
So while we were playing at this park, there was only one other family there. Granted, it was sort of a grey morning, but that leads me to think that there are so many parks in Lane County that either:
Parking: Plenty on the street, but no lot. Get your parallel parking skills ready!
Food: BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks) :)
Resting/nursing spots: Several benches and picnic tables.
Cost: Free is a very good price!
Time frame: Bring a book, settle in and let your littles run!
Sterling Woods Dr. and Crimson Ave
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I am super excited to keep trying parks that we've never visited before. Please comment below with the name of your secret hidden gem of a park!
Megan Defferding is the mom to two super fun boys who love to find great stuff to do all around Lane County! Check out her blog series, Happy Adventuring, weekly on GoMomGo.