Hats off to the Chicago Park District. I mean, really. I know they don't get everything right - they are, after all, a large urban organization. I heard yesterday about a public pool that was closed prematurely due to inadequate staffing, much to the chagrin of the parents present. But when my friend and I showed up at Senn Playlot Park in Edgewater this morning, there were a couple of long tables set up with necklace-making and paper bag puppet projects, staffed by relatively cheery women. Our two-year olds sat there studiously gluing pom-pons on brown lunch bags and trying desperately to grasp a bead just right to pull that string through. This, after playing on the fabulous new structures, jumping on the sproingy surface, pretending to put out fires on the big fire truck, and romping in the water sprinkler!
Many thanks to the Park District's Craftmobile, which will visit Senn Park (among others) once a week for 6 weeks this summer.
(Originally posted at the Chicago Moms Blog.)