Last Sunday Kimmon leikkipuisto, a playground at Turjantie 3 in Käpylä, Helsinki, organised an event for the whole family, and it was at least the second Autumn they had one there. I think this kind of events are easy for catching up with people: there is space for the children to roam freely and also loads to do together. It is also relatively easy to keep an eye on the children while having a cuppa or a chat in adult company. Also, the events typically have affordable prices in their “cafe” and often the money goes for a good cause (not that I know who organised this event…). This time even the weather was ok for October (no rain…), so we went to the event with some friends.
My daughter was super excited by the pony ride (4e), the boys were thrilled when a fire engine drove to the playground (but my son was too afraid to go to the “big truck” and instead peaked at it from behind the tree…), the friend and big sis explored it from the inside too (to the horror of little brother), my daughter had a her face painted for 2e, and all the children had a freshly grilled sausage as well. There were also other activities such as floorball and a track with different jumping and exercising tasks made. As it was a playground, we also used the climbing frames and the boys loved to drive their “motorcycles” around too. It was a pleasant morning outdoors spent in good company!
As many of the bigger playgrounds around Helsinki host similar events, it is worth keeping your eyes open for paper ads on poles close to the playground or join local fb groups. Also, if you’d like to organise something, the clubhouses on the premises of the playgrounds are also to be rented for quite an affordable price e.g. for children’s birthday parties but if it is for some good cause, you may even get to use them for free.