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Old 08-08-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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I am wondering if anyone can recommend a park in Nova or D.C. or MD that an 11year old could use and not get bored? I was thinking of a park with any type of climbing structures or just something that is physically challenging for this age.

Fwiw, Clemyjontri park is great for my younger ones but I think most kids age out of this park by 8 or 9. Thanks for any leads.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I think most 11 year olds have pretty much outgrown parks, period. 12 years old is middle school, and my students wouldn't be caught dead on a play ground. The only way to get them to run around is to put together some sort of organized sport or game.

Is he into skating as well (based on your username)?

Wakefield Skate Park
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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I can't think of many playgrounds that would be fun for an 11 year old. Kings Park Park, 8717 Trafalgar Court in Springfield, has one of the tallest play structures I've seen in the Burke/Springfield/Fairfax area and a zip line. If he is into skating, Van Dyke Park in Fairfax also has a skate park. A place like Burke Lake Park also has a lot to offer because he can go bike riding, fishing, play miniature golf, fly a kite, etc.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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What about just going out and doing a regular hike? Prince William Forest national Park has miles of trails.

I have 4 kids between the ages of 6-12 we take them hiking there often.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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This zipline park is in Maryland. Our 6th graders go there every year for a field trip, and many scout troops go, too. Everyone loves it!

About The Adventure Park | The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:01 PM
 
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The old wooden playgrounds that were geared towards older kids were largely taken down one by one in the 90s. Some of those old playgrounds were massive and multi-level, but the insurance costs were very high.

Not many older kids today play on today's playground structures which are now aimed at very young kids. Organized sports and other activities have replaced "free play."
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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The old wooden playgrounds that were geared towards older kids were largely taken down one by one in the 90s. Some of those old playgrounds were massive and multi-level, but the insurance costs were very high.

Not many older kids today play on today's playground structures which are now aimed at very young kids. Organized sports and other activities have replaced "free play."
I remember those structures when I was growing up and actually was injured on one. It had a three story slide and some bigger kid went right after me and slammed into me. I ended up with a broken arm.

You only really see those at commercial theme parks like Busch Gardens or Sesame Place where they have employees monitoring the activity.

The park in Cabin John in Rockville has a tall structure as part of its playground, but it isn't that impressive.
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