April 27, 2014
If you have to pick one playground to visit in the Washington, DC, metro area, pick Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. This two-acre playground has so many play sets and activities to keep your kids occupied. It also has sheltered picnic areas and benches for your family to rest and grab a bite to eat.
The park has four playground areas that surround a carousel. Each area has its own theme: fitness, transportation, schoolhouse and rainbow.
The transportation area has airplanes, cars, motorcycles and trains for your kids to ride on. It also has a race track for your kids to race each other.
The schoolhouse area includes a learning maze, where world maps, US maps and clocks are placed throughout the maze for your kids to see.
The rainbow area has a rainbow archway, at least eight swings and various educational pictures, such as sign language, alphabets and Braille.
The carousel opens on weekends only from April 3 to May 30 and September 7 to October 31, and daily from May 31 to September 6. And no, it is not a small carousel that you normally see at a local fair. It has chariots, a spinning tea cup and fourteen prancing steeds. The use of the playground is free, but there is a $1.50 fee to ride the carousel. It used to be free to ride the carousel during the week, but this $1.50 fee is now applicable for both weekdays and weekends.
There are sheltered benches, a picnic pavilion and tent sails for you and your kids to take a break from the sun. However, those spaces may be limited, especially if the picnic pavilion is rented out, so make sure to put on plenty of sunscreen. There are no shelters over the play equipment, of course. Plus, for safety reasons, it’s impossible not to follow your kids around since it’s a huge playground, especially during busy times.
Another nice thing about this park is that the entire playground is covered with non-slip surfaces, so no worries about mud holes there. This makes the playground accessible as well. Other accessible features of this playground include swings with high backs for kids who need extra support and ramps to the elevated play equipment.
In terms of facilities, the park has large restrooms, water fountains and drink machines. No food and drinks, no pets, no smoking, no bicycles, and no skateboarding allowed on the playground.