I want to collapse into the bed on top of her at the thought of another day trying to entertain my 3-year-old daughter, Josie, and my 2-year-old son, Owen. But instead, I calmly answer. “I have no idea, Josie. Let's just focus on getting a good night sleep, okay?”
Her bright, blue eyes, far from tired, light up further as she replies, “How about the blue park?" I think for a moment and realize it has been a while since we've been to the blue park.
Once we started to really explore Mountain View, we were pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful and unique parks, which give our children, Josie and Owen, plenty of space to play and discover.
We discovered so many parks, in fact, that Josie and Owen couldn't remember their names. So we made up our own.
"The Blue Park" is Sylvan Park (600 Sylvan Ave.) It has not one, but two large, blue play structures and plenty of grass and sand for everyone. It's also a great place for me to meet other moms because play groups often meet there.
Josie and Owen's other favorite is "The Green Park", commonly known as Rengstorff Park (201 S Rengstorff Ave.) Before we head out the door, Josie and Owen, make sure to grab a piece of cardboard from the recycling bin. They use it to increase their speed as they slide down the huge cement slide unique to Rengstorff Park.
When we moved to Whisman Station, Josie and Owen couldn't believe that there were two parks just minutes from our front door. They call Chetwood Park (Chetwood Drive & Whisman Station Drive), "Our Park" because we can see it from our front porch. And Magnolia Park (Magnolia Lane and Whisman Station Dr.) is "Our Sand Park" because, still just a short walk away, it has the perfect sand for building castles. Fortunately, she is gracious enough to share "our parks" with the other children who come to play.
My favorite park is Eagle Park (652 Franklin St.) which I named "The L Park" because it is walking distance to two of my favorite activities: the library and a latte. After playing at Eagle Park, we walk a few blocks for some reading fun and then to a coffee shop on Castro before heading home.
Josie and Owen are always at a loss for words when we pull up to what they call "The Best Park," aka Cuesta Park (615 Cuesta Dr.) They don't know what to explore first. The rolling green hills, the massive play structures, the unique climbing contraptions or the gazebo steps that they love to run up and down. Usually, I bring another person with me when I take Josie and Owen to Cuesta Park. There is so much to explore that they usually end up exploring in different directions.