Tuesday we had the opportunity to meet some friends for a playdate at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines.
This park boasts a covered picnic area, sandy/rocky beach and roped-off swimming area, restrooms, play equipment and walking paths. Even though we have lived in this area of the state for over 10 years, we had never been to this city play area.
Even though the skies were grey and clouds were threatening rain, we packed up our beach bags, some snacky snacks and headed out.
See the stormy sky in the top photo? It opened up and poured on us for about 20 minutes but we just chose to wait it out and splash in the puddles it left in it's wake.
Because the park was deserted at the time, Maddi got in touch with her inner child. She swung, ran, flew, and spun on the play equipment. This act alone made my day . . . . seeing my oldest let loose and fancy free.
Ellie joined in as she does best by trying a little bit of everything.
My little go get 'em Ben was all over the place. Good thing he had on such a bright shirt or I wouldn't have been able to keep track of him.
Soon the rest of the gang appeared and into the water they went.
Too soon it was time to get out of the water to eat. After refueling the kids headed back down to the beach and into the water. As if on cue, the clouds rolled in and the rain came back to play. We took this as our cue to pack up our gear and head home.
I love finding near new-to-us places to play. We need to do it more often.