Friday, July 24, 2009

What's So Cool About Tanglewood Park?

Tanglewood—The Perfect Way to Spend a Day

Let me tell you what we did today. A few weeks ago me and a friend of mine who happens to be the mother of a little girl who is in my daughter’s class at Montessori School decided to have a play date at Tanglewood park. For those outside of this area Tanglewood is a park in Clemmons, NC that I think many of us mothers take for granted. For just $2.00 you gain entrance into the park giving you access to all of the playgrounds as well as viewing and feeding of many of the horses boarded on the premises and many other amenities. I can say with certainty that I have not taken advantage of this lovely place. So today we decided to meet at 9:30am (and in ordinary Shazana fashion this was 9:40 to me) at the playground by the train and start our date out there.The playground by the train is really nice and big and at that time in the morning it was not at all crowded. I met my friend and then another friend joined us and all three of our 3-4 year old daughters started to play. They were having so much fun swinging, sliding, and playing in the sand box that if the day ended here it would have still been worthwhile. My little one was red faced and panting by the time we decided to scoot closer to the pool and climb the train at 10:30. We got to the train and up the stairs they ran as all three pretended to drive, fix, and ride on the train that is stationed in the park. The girls did that for about half and hour and then we headed to the pool for their 11:00 am opening.

I have to say that we were met by a line that made me think, “oh no, we are in for a crowded pool.” Well, for my daughter and I to get in was $7.00 (bringing the total for the day to $9.00) and this was a pleasant surprise. Then we got in and headed to the locker rooms to change. The locker rooms there and big, nice, and clean so that is a plus and something that may help you with you planning. They have even have shower stalls if you would need to get cleaned up after swimming.

We walked out into the pool area and wow, it was pool perfection for three year olds. While there were a lot of people there I did not feel that it was crowded. There was plenty of room to accommodate all of the people and I did not feel uncomfortable at any time. They have an entire area of 2.5 foot water complete with buckets that dump water on your head, pipes that stream water from above and a mushroom for you to get underneath and play all right there in the same area! The water gets deep gradually so that even younger children would have a good time playing. Andira beat me into the water and she and Ali commenced their pool time play! It was so much fun that we stayed until 1:00! We would have stayed longer had I not had a hair appointment and had she not needed a nap. I can’t tell you how much fun we had!

I wish someone would have told me about this hidden treasure so I hope you take my advice and take advantage of the Tanglewood pool while there is still some summer left!

1 comment:

  1. On our next playdate at Tanglewood Park we could feed the ducks, bring an apple and some carrots for the horses at stables and get some true exercise in by riding the paddle boats with the girls!