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Old 01-21-2011, 09:37 AM
 
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This may sound like a silly question, but where do the kids play? I live in upstate NY and when the weather is nice I send the kids out in the front or backyard (we own an acre)to run around. I was down in Florida last week and saw a father and his 3 kids playing soccer in the street and he put up cones so the cars would go around him? Do you have to drive to get to open space for the kids? I know this sounds silly, but with 3 kids I don't want to have to put them in a car to goto a park for some run around time. What's your experiences?
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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I grew up in a suburban Florida "bedroom community" on a house on a standard quarter acre lot. We played in the front yard, the backyard, and in the street (quiet, suburban residential). We also played in the woods and vacant lots and at local parks. We were always outside, and this wasn't so long ago (mid and early 90s)

There are communities with larger lots and acreage available if you still want that kind of space.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Front yard, back yard, friends' houses, in the pool in the backyard, inside playing video games etc, if there's a park nearby they can go there if you think it's safe, etc. Same as anywhere else.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:31 PM
 
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My kids played in front/back yard, street, community park, friend's houses, beach.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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I'm from upstate NY as well. We lived on over an acre of land and had all kinds of wooded areas to play in. Tons of parks to walk to... Totally different here. I have two toddlers and hate that they will not have the same kind of wilderness adventures I had. You have to drive to parks, unfortunately. Unless you live in a development that has one in walking distance. We're having a house built now and there's no yard to speak of. Just enough room for a swingset, playhouse and pool. Other than that, they'll be walking to the community clubhouse to play at that park.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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When I had small children living in my home, my top priority was living in a neighborhood with sidewalks. For a long time new home developments stopped putting in sidewalks but they are making a comeback in neighborhoods hoping to attact families. You aren't going to find very much "wilderness" in Palm Beach County where children can safely play. In the wild trees and bushes in Florida tend to not be kid friendly and there are reptile and insect creatures that you may not want your children to encounter. The beaches are beautiful though and many children's parks have been created which are very nice.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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I second that. Neighborhood with sidewalks. Very top of the list.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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We live in a suburban, middle-class, gated community. Our kids play in the backyard, which is fenced since we live on a lake. We also happen to live only about 5 houses away from our community recreation area which has a playground, pool, soccer field, etc. The kids can go play down there, too, but I have to go w/ them. They are only 7 and 5. I wouldn't let them play outside out of my eyesight.
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