Candy Cane Park
Meadowbrook Park (Candy Cane City)
Directions: 7901 Meadowbrook Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815 From Connecticut and East-West Highway head East on East-West Highway for 1 mile and take a right on Meadowbrook Road. You will pass the stables on your right. Follow the road to the right and then left, go about ¼ mile and you will see the playground on your left.
Parking: There is ample and obvious parking as you approach the playground. Logistics: Bring as little as possible so your hands are free to help little ones climb up and hang on things. Bring a water bottle and snack to enjoy after some play. No need for a stroller here as you are just a few steps from your car.
There are porta-potties just outside the playground that you will pass as you drive in. There is some shade at this park, but most of the play areas are in the full sun. Sunscreen is always a good idea when doing outdoor outings, even in shady spots. Many kids gravitate to some of the trees at the corners of the park.
It is a fun area to explore and play – but kids will get a bit dirty. Have a few baby wipes with you to clean off the dirt. Younger ones not yet walking get a ton out of going to a playground. Bring a baby carrier. You will both benefit from the socialization and start to learn names of your new Playgroup community.
There are 3 gates to this park, which do not latch closed. Most kids tend to ignore them, or explore the one that opens to the playing fields. Just be aware that the gates are not latched. Bring a lunch with you and enjoy a picnic lunch after the outing.
To the right of the park, there is a recreation building which will be closed. However, on the far side of the recreation building there is a covered area with many picnic benches for a group lunch or dinner.
About the Event:Candy Cane City is playground area includes 3 different play structures for differing ages and abilities. For the smallest guests there is a train structure with a slide. Toddlers and younger preschoolers may like the medium sized play structure with three slides and the older set can burn off their energy on the largest of the three. Overall there are 9 slides, 2 sets of monkey bars, a suspension bridge, and rock climbing wall scattered within the three separate sites. Two baby swings, four standard swings, a see saw and a tire bouncer round out the play equipment. All structures have mulch underneath.
Why Go? Small playgrounds are the perfect venue for your children to play and for parents to get an opportunity to talk. Take the time when your child is engaged in a small house or on a swing to talk with an adult next to you. We chose this playground for our first outing because it is a small, mostly fenced in playground that allows you to get to know the other families.
Follow Up Activities Playgrounds are a wonderful, quick outing. Bring a morning snack, meet a friend or two, and let your kids enjoy some quality outdoor time climbing on something other than your sofa. Meadowbrook Park has activity fields that will often be busy with baseball, soccer and tennis which is fun for kids to watch. Next time you come to visit, try walking over the stables to see the horses.