Category: Play a day

Play-a-day is the term I coined for the challenge I set myself, for the kids and I, after the triple disaster in March 2011. Every day for a year, I either brought the children to a different play area or I did a new play activity with them. In October 2012 I started the project again, this time with less “new” places and/or activities, but still with the objective of doing something / going somewhere DIFFERENT every day of the year. I have shared some of our adventures in this blog;

Fun all year round in Kamihira Park | AGEO

My overwhelming impression of today’s new park is that it is the most used park I’ve been to this month. A friend commented to me recently that Japanese people don’t bring their kids to play outdoors in January. I hadn’t given it much thought until then, but it really does seem to be true in a lot of areas. However, […]

Zoo-sday!

I couldn’t resist the corny title! As you may have guessed today’s play-a-day involved the zoo. We often go to a zoo near my house, but today we tried out the children’s zoo in Chikouzan park in Sayama. What I like about this small zoo is you can feed some of the animals. For 100 yen you get a capsule […]

Athletic Playground at Isanuma Park, Kawagoe

Isanuma Park’s athletic playground equipment is a great fun place to burn off some energy for the kids (and some calories for me!).  What the Japanese call “athletic playgrounds” is what we call “adventure playgrounds” in Ireland.  Isanuma’s playground is geared for 6 to 12 year olds, but I think kids from 3 up are well able for the challenge.  And its […]

Baby colds on Daddy’s 2nd day off

Play-a-day, day 2. Toys-r-us, Kawagoe. Written Oct 21, 2012. Jan 29, 2017 Toysrus on R254 closed its doors for good. Since we brought our newborn home 3 weeks ago my husband has only had two full days off, this being the second full day.  As he is self-employed in a rare skill he has to work whenever there are orders in.  […]

Kitamoto Children’s Park | KITAMOTO

My favourite park / playground (2012) to bring my toddlers to in the Hiki District of Saitama is Kitamoto Children’s Park.  I love it,  because it has something for children of all ages.   I like that, in the summer, the playground suited to small children is in the shade and, in the winter, they have an indoor playroom for babies and toddlers.  […]