Feb 17 2010
Spring will come to Minnesota one of these days, really it will. And when spring returns, a trip to the park is on the minds of many kids and parents who have been kept in the house for far too long. For the climb-and-slide set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, a trip to Bloomington’s “Chutes and Ladders” park may be just what your family needs.
Officially known as Hyland Play Area, Chutes and Ladders is operated by Three Rivers Park District, which also runs Gale Woods Farm and The Landing. It is nicknamed “chutes and ladders” because of its intricate maze of climbing structures and slides.
Older kids will enjoy the big climb-and-slide jungle, but there are also areas for younger kids as well as accessible play equipment. Picnic tables and benches are plentiful for parents who want to watch without climbing, but parents are often seen chasing their children through the structure.
The only downside to this play area is that it’s hard to keep track of your kids. The structure is huge, and it’s easy to lose track of your kids in the maze, especially if you have more than one. It’s best to start early when rounding kids up to head for home, because it might take you a while to find them.
Restroom facilities and seasonal concessions are located near the play area, and the park also offers fishing, nature and bike trails, picnic areas, and more. The park is located off Bush Lake Road in Bloomington.
Mark your calendars for April, when the chutes and ladders park reopens, and see what your kids think of this giant climbing structure. They probably won’t want to leave.
More things to do in Bloomington, MN, via Uptake.