We are lucky. We have 4 playgrounds within walking distance, one only a few doors away. All have seating. Some of the equipment actually has built-in seats that the little ones can rest on and have their picnic – under supervision. Two of them are either end of a wetland which is frequented by ducks, white ibis and other birds. Please be aware that you should not feed the ducks or throw food in the water. Bread is the worst offender as it can make ducks sick as they can’t digest it properly and it upsets theirt stomachs. Food not eaten ferments in the water. Together with other factors it can contribute to the formation of algae. There is one small black bird that eats the reeds in the water but bites a piece off, eats part of it and spits the rest back in the water. A “caretaker” observed during meal breaks as he was determined to find out how the water got full of what looked like green slime within a few days of him cleaning it all off. We watched them a few times when we had the little one in the stroller and we sat on of the benches in the shaded area.
We always take a picnic even if it is just snacks and bottles of water. I think water is the most important thing. Drinking enough prevents dehydration. Also if one of them has a mishap and skins or cuts themself, you can use water to remove dirt and germs until you can attend to it more if necessary.

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Published 15th October 2019

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