February 1st 2013, Okegawa Children’s Park, 桶川市子ども公園わんぱく村
Today’s play-a-day was a new park for us, but I’m guessing Okegawa Children’s Park has been around a long time. The “monster” in the center of the park is a giveaway; it could do with a lick of paint. I don’t think its officially supposed to be a monster, it just looks like one! It is still functional and was a huge hit with all the kids.
I didn’t think much of the park on our first visit to be honest, but my toddlers enjoyed it. However, when we went back a couple of years later I could see it in a new light! My older two were able to play with with the adventure playground equipment then, including a flying fox, and enjoyed it more for that. And credit where credit is due: the section for small children is very nice.
The playground has some unusual play equipment that we’ve never seen anywhere else. Including a unique cement whale and boat linked together by a low bridge made of tyres (pictured in the gallery above). It is in a sand pit as is the slide of a cement climbing feature. One side has spikes to climb on and there is a tunnel under the top of the slide. There are some stepping stones and a cement turtle in the sand pit too.
The toadstool seats beside this area are cute and fun for the kids. There are 4 swings in one corner of this area. The rest of the playground is more suited to older children. There is a flying fox as well as lots of different climbing equipment. The monstrosity in the middle of the park, plus one of the climbing frames have cement slides.
Small children would play for a couple of hours in this park, but older children might bore after an hour.
Okegawa Children’s Park information
There are vending machines and a public phone at the pedestrian entrance to the park. Parking is free. It is a bit tricky to find as the entrance is narrow and hard to see. Update 2016: they have put pedestrian lights near the entrance to the parking for this park and there is a convenience store across the road. Hopefully you will be able to spot the entrance easier with these landmarks.
In the area
- A really nice cafe with outdoor seating and a dog run, less than 10 minutes walk (2 minute drive) away
- Okegawa Flight School Peace Memorial Hall reopening
- Riverside Hydrangea in Okegawa
- Great BBQ Spot in Shiroyama Park – updated October 2020