Everywhere you turn in Columbia, there is a tot lot. It’s fantastic for kids and parents. Take a stroll along a path and you are bound to hit several tot lots. Go to a pool, and you’ll find a tot lot nearby. In fact, there are 167 tot lots in Columbia.
Want to find them? Go to the Welcome Center or your village community association to purchase a pathways map or click on the link for a free electronic version.
Got the electronic version open? See all those red squares? Those are all tot lots! I just thought of something while looking at this map. Wouldn’t finding all the tot lots on the map and then discovering them in real life be a fun summer thing to do with kids? They can learn map skills as well as play at the various tot lots.
Every tot lot is a bit different too, which is great for kids that get bored easily or want to try something different. You can see some photos of some area tot lots taken by Columbia Area Moms of Multiples listed here. In the neighborhood tot lot near me, kids have left their sand toys to share with other kids who might happen by and want to dig in the sand. And best of all, most of the tot lots are in the shade, which is something I really appreciate. Who wants to slide down a scorching hot slide? Or sit in the sun while watching your kids play? Not me!
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.