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To take my DD to the park, so I can play on the swings as well..

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Geekster Sun 17-Feb-13 11:40:54

I took my eleven month old DD to the park to play on the swings the other day and she loved it. I went on the swings too and loved it. We have been back a couple of times so I can go on them as well as DD, I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I feel ten years old again, although I don't attempt to jump off them anymore. We would go down the slide to, but my arse is too fat now!

ZebraOwl Mon 18-Feb-13 22:18:31


I love playing on the swings but would be worried about looking like a weirdy one if I went on my own. It really annoys me all the local parks are For 12 Year Olds And Under places: adults should be able to play (nicely & doing Good Sharing) too!

My mother was only 4'10" & slight so was a BRAZEN AND SHAMELESS swing-user when we went to the park as no-one ever thought to challenge her - though she'd always hop off if a child was wanting a turn, I should add! I have some really lovely memories of playing on the swings with Mummy, it's important you provide your DD with some of those too grin

exoticfruits Mon 18-Feb-13 19:32:29

I enjoyed it. I am now left wondering if I am too old to go sledging, should it snow again, without a child!

Pixel Mon 18-Feb-13 19:12:27

Habanada, There is a place at Bideford if you are anywhere near there called the Milky Way (we used to go there on holiday, a great escape from rainy tent hell), it has a huge soft play in a barn that adults are allowed on. It's great!

SaggyOldClothCatpuss Mon 18-Feb-13 19:02:10

Not me! Mine are too old for swings nowadays! I spent the day up to my knees in mud hammering fence rails. sad I'd much rather have been on a roundabout!

Come on own up, who else was in the park on this sunny day having a crafty swing??

shock confused

I read that as Come on own up, who else was in the park on this sunny day having a crafty wank??"

I think I have issues

Flobbadobs Mon 18-Feb-13 18:01:04

Well our park was full of sad twats this afternoon, adults having sneaky swings in between the children's turns, I was one of them. Come on own up, who else was in the park on this sunny day having a crafty swing?? grin
Am way too old to care if someone else thinks I look a twat...

I'm still failing to see why looking like a sad twat is an issue?!

FeckOffCup Mon 18-Feb-13 17:25:39

YANBU I love the swings but my local park has replaced the normal swings with one of those big basket ones and I can't make it go without another adult to give it a push to start off and it's usually just me and my 2 year old there sad.

Geekster Mon 18-Feb-13 15:24:50

Willesden, you are right I probably do look a sad t@@@ but I don't care! I don't feel as self conscious since having DD.

willesden Mon 18-Feb-13 14:53:42

I always think 'look at that sad t*at' when I see an adult on the playground equipment or climbing around the softplay. Had this conversation with my friends at softplay only last week, and we all agreed. It is for the kids. You have had your time. YABU.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Mon 18-Feb-13 13:02:02

Saggy I been told that place is the best, must take my DD and little sister.

Geekster Mon 18-Feb-13 12:52:34

That park sounds great SaggyOldClothCatpuss. I'm very jealous!

SaggyOldClothCatpuss Mon 18-Feb-13 12:46:53

Braintree in Essex. It's called the Discovery Park. It's the best outdoor space EVER! You pay a minimal amount to park then it's totally free. They cater for toddlers right up to a HUMUNGUS Krypton Factor type frame for teens! I had to climb it once to rescue one of my mindees. I was terrified! confused

Habanada Mon 18-Feb-13 12:44:27

Saggy I want to know where this outdoor adventure trail is!! I must go there :D

I experienced my first soft play centre the other week, it was just me and DD and my god it was amazing (would've been better if I weren't pg). I genuinely want to set up a soft play centre for adults.

The only thing I can't cope with any more is the roundabout - possibly because of a horrific drunken experience I had on a Waltzer at the fair - I can't do any sort of spinning sad

Petsinmypudenda Mon 18-Feb-13 12:39:02

See saw is king of the playground! Bumping down so hard the other person flys off the seat is great

SaggyOldClothCatpuss Mon 18-Feb-13 12:35:17

OnTheBottom an hour is so away, we have a huge outdoor adventure trail jungle jym thingy, it's free too, it's marvellous they have large scale equipment for bigger kids, including those slightly off kilter spinning discs where you can do just that! It's bloody brilliant! grin [big kid emoticon]

Remotecontrolduck Mon 18-Feb-13 12:34:37

This is absolutely reasonable. Me and my 19 year old DD may have stopped the other day when walking past a quiet park to have a quick play on the swings grin

If you can find a playground with a roundabout on which you can lie flat, with your head at the edge, and your feet towards the middle, and get another adult to push it round really really fast, you'll either love it or throw up.
(myself and a friend used to go to a quiet playground with my DD - who is now 16 - specifically to do this)

We didn't throw up (but looked fairly drunk when it stopped spinning and we stood up...)

Geekster Mon 18-Feb-13 12:19:55

That was very funny Habanada. Luckily there is the baby swing and the bigger one is right next to it. Would be good if I could fit in a baby one! But no chance!

Habanada Mon 18-Feb-13 12:02:32

YANBU but isn't your 11-month-old in a cradle type swing? Do you get yourself into the one next door? Blimey that is some epic post-baby weight loss congrats grin

I'm literally counting down days til DD can go on the big swings.

There's loads of awesome rides at our local playpark, the best is this sort of zipwire death slide with a rubber seat you put between your legs, then you back yourself up the hill and then wheeeeeeeeee. I love it.

confusteling Mon 18-Feb-13 11:24:21

I still like reading books I enjoyed as a child although I'm sure a lot of people would find that odd

Not in the slightest, I still have a Milly Molly Mandy and a Shirely Hughes collection. Also a few Jane Hissey books.. I read them when I'm feeling down lol.

kinkyfuckery Mon 18-Feb-13 11:20:51

YANBU, as long as you are not using the swing when there is another child waiting to use it smile

haggisaggis Mon 18-Feb-13 11:19:42

I like the ones with death slides and these other things where there are 2 seats - one either side of a tall pole that go round and round? For bigger kids (or parents!) My dc are 13 and 10 now and get a bit embarassed...

atthewelles Mon 18-Feb-13 11:16:33

YANBU. I still like reading books I enjoyed as a child although I'm sure a lot of people would find that odd. smile

mum2bubble Mon 18-Feb-13 11:02:49


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