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6 Coolest Playgrounds in the World

Playgrounds provide children suitable places to develop and unleash their creativity, use their imagination, engage in cognitive and physical activities, and build social skills. Play is important to holistic development. It allows them to learn and have fun at the same time. There are many playgrounds worth visiting from small neighborhood playgrounds to play areas in big city parks. Here’s a look to some of the coolest playgrounds in the world that children would love.

Adventure Playground (Berkeley, California, USA)
Adventure Playground
Top attractions: School-age play area, features a wide array of activities and tools for imaginative play, handmade climbing structures, a zip line, and more

Blaxland Riverside Park (Sydney, Australia)
Blaxland Riverside Park
Top attractions: Waterside park located near the Parramatta River, a facility that allow kids of all ages and abilities to enjoy a wide range of activities; top attractions include the double flying fox, mega-swing, multi-level tree house, spinning play disk, and the Viking swing among many other interesting features

Clemyjontri Park (McLean, Virginia, USA)
Clemyjontri Park
Top attractions: A playground for children of all abilities, a facility built with structures that make it easier for children on wheelchairs or walkers to move around, sensory-rich equipment, lowered monkey bars, a carousel, and a picnic pavilion

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground (London, UK)
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Top attractions: Peter Pan-inspired play area that features a big wooden pirate ship; other attractions include the sandy area/beach surrounding the pirate ship, play sculptures, a sensory trail, teepees, and toys

Fuji Kindergarten play area (Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan)

Top attractions: Uniquely designed and unconventional open-air kindergarten that is like a big playground in itself; no-barrier spaces that allow kids to play and roam freely, an oval rooftop where children can run around

Neptune Park (in Saratoga Springs, Utah)

Top attractions: Towering 30-foot climbing pyramid; features other playground equipment like slides, swings, a play space for toddlers, a play area for older kids, a rock wall, spaces for lots of climbing and spinning, basketball courts, and a pavilion

7 Best Toy Museums in the World

Finding suitable attractions and activities that would keep kids entertained may be tricky at times. But the growing number of family-friendly vacation getaways has made the task much easier. Places like children’s museums are treasure troves of interesting artifacts and exhibits. And there are toy museums where adults can take a trip down memory lanes as they join their kids in exploring the wide array of old toys and items on display. If you are thinking of visiting a toy museum when on vacations with kids, here are some of the best toy museums in the world to add to your list.

Hong Kong International Hobby and Toy Museum
Hong Kong International Hobby and Toy Museum
Location: 330 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, China
Points of interest: Toys and games museum, home to a wide collection of pop culture memorabilia, action and anime figures, toys from around the world and different cultures
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/toymuseum/

Istanbul Toy Museum
Istanbul Toy Museum
Location: Ömer Paşa Cad. Dr. Zeki Zeren Sok. No:15 Göztepe/ İstanbul Göztepe, Turkey
Points of interest: Beautiful and historic baroque style building that dates back to the Ottoman era, impressive collection of toys from Turkey and around the world, creative displays, play site, various activities, workshop where visitors can get hands-on experience in toy-making
Website: http://www.istanbuloyuncakmuzesi.com/index.php?lang=en

Museum of Childhood
Museum of Childhood
Location: 42 High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, UK
Points of interest: Features a collection of old toys and games including dolls, stuffed animals, and more; experiential activities, and a puppet theatre
Website: http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venues/museum-of-childhood

Penang Toy Museum (Toy Museum Heritage Garden)
Location: 1370, MK2, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Points of interest: First toy museum in Malaysia, one of the largest toy museums in the world with over 120,000 collections; top attractions include the Cave of Dinosaurs, Chamber of Comic Book Heroes, Chamber of Fantasy, Chamber of Horrors, Chamber of Monsters, Fields of Combat, Hall of Beauties, Hall of Cartoons, Hall of Celebrities, Hall of Rock Legends, Hall of Virtual Reality, and the Star Wars Collections
Website: http://toymuseum-heritagegarden.com/

Toy Museum in Prague
Toy Museum in Prague
Location: Jirská 4, Prague 1 (located at the Prague Castle premises), Czech Republic
Points of interest: Home to a wide range of toys; top attractions include the historical 18th to 20th-century toys from around the world, traditional Czech toys, the oldest Märklin model trains, an exhibition of Ivan Steiger wooden and tin toys, and a lot more

V&A Museum of Childhood
V&A Museum of Childhood
Location: Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA, UK
Points of interest: An impressive collection of childhood objects; among the extensive collections include children’s clothing and accessories, bricks and construction toys, dolls and doll houses, games, furniture, mechanical toys, optical toys, paper models, puppets, stuffed toys, teddy bears, toy figures, toy theatres, and more; educational and interactive programs
Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/

World’s Largest Toy Museum
Location: 3609 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, Missouri, USA
Points of interest: A museum that is home to more than 1 million toys, extensive collection that spans centuries; must-sees include the action figures, the original Barbie, the Lion King exhibit, planes, sports memorabilia, tin toys, trains, and more
http://www.worldslargesttoymuseum.com/