Christine Emerson Reed (Toddler) Park

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Foodie babies dine al fresco. (pg. 6) PART II

Foodie Babies Wear Bibs” by Michelle Sinclair Colman, Illustrations by Nathalie Dion

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are always dining al fresco…especially at the park! While many moms have told me that their backyard is their park, it’s just the opposite for us. The local parks have become K’s backyard! And with the way our city pours money into them, I feel K gets the best of the best when it comes to safe play structures, a place that provokes exploration and discovery, meeting new friends and dining al fresco! In fact, we dined al fresco today as we had a picnic with friends this afternoon at one of our favorite parks ~ Christine Emerson Reed Toddler Park. 

Reed Park is located at 1133 7th Street in Santa Monica and while this park has basketball and tennis courts, a multi-purpose room, Miles Memorial Playhouse, a gated park geared for elementary aged children, today’s post will be about the toddler park located on the west side. Hopefully these photos I took will give you a glimpse of the fun K and her friends had this afternoon!

A great space for crawlers and walkers to move and play hide n’ seek…

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Areas that promote music and imaginary play…

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Bucket swings, a mini basketball court and a trampoline to practice large motor skills…IMG_8471 IMG_8501 IMG_8504 

And a water and sand area (where K plays for hours).

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Here’s a sneak peek at the bigger elementary-aged park…

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They have fun bouncy seesaws and rides for little ones too!

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My Rating: 4 Stars (with the exception of the filthy, unkept restrooms…today one stall did not have a door and another did not lock or shut)

Pros: A small toddler park for children ages 0-5, has a gate that encloses the little ones in the play area, is stroller friendly, has a sand and water play area, a teepee, bucket swings, artistic structures and small trees to run around and hide behind, and a mini-trampoline, most of the ground is made of soft, rubbery turf.

Tips: Use the restroom BEFORE coming to this park (as mentioned above, these restrooms are beyond filthy)! Bring an extra change of clothes and towel for your little one…there is no way your little one is not getting wet! There are areas to sit but if you’re thinking having a full-out picnic, bring a few blankets or mats to lay out on the turf and picnic there. Metered parking is available and there is some free parking on 7th Street and other surrounding streets (just be sure to watch for the street cleaning signs and restrictions).

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