Playgrounds Are Better With Hot Lava

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Hot Lava
Image: Redditor kloputzer2000

Playgrounds are one of the simple joys of childhood. There are slides and swings and all types of things to climb over and keep a kid busy for hours. If you’re really lucky, then your playground is also frequently visited by ice cream trucks. Sure, this may make Mom roll her eyes as she digs out a year’s salary to pay for a treat, but to a kid, it’s heaven.

The only thing that could make it better is the risk of imminent death in a pit of hot lava.

This photo was captured by Redditor kloputzer2000 proving that whoever designed this playground clearly gets that lava enhances the experience. Rather than forcing kids to come up with an elaborate scheme, they’ve actually posted directions for the “Hot Lava Survival Game” right on the equipment. It all starts with a climb over Block Mountain, followed by a treacherous journey across Wiggly Rock Ridge.

More obstacles follow with the final challenge requiring kids to “Zing over the hot lava on the trolley” with the caution to “Hold on tight!”

This is perhaps the greatest playground ever erected in the history of playgrounds. You can find it in Cascade Park in Seattle. I want to go there. I want to zing across the trolley. I also plan to let go in the middle, plummet into the wood chips hot lava and stage an epic death scene.

(via NerdApproved)

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2 thoughts on “Playgrounds Are Better With Hot Lava

  1. While it’s cool to see the game acknowledged, this bugs me. What was wrong with letting the kids come up with this on their own? Do they really need to be told about the hot lava game? I have yet to be at a playground (or living room/playroom, etc) where this wasn’t being played. And why do we need to tell them the path to follow? Isn’t the point of play letting them discover and figure this stuff out on their own?

  2. Jaime……..WOW….can’t believe the tone of your comment…..Some children have NOT been exposed to playgrounds….some children LEAD from and by an example….THIS is a learning tool with an EXAMPLE of what can be done or imagined on this equipment. It in NO way prevents a child from coming up with their own idea how the equipment can be used or played upon….and NOT everyone has been exposed to the Hot Lava game…..Apparently the person who designed the equipment had an IDEAL for the equipment…but NO where does it state that this is the “only” way that the equipment can be used. I think the sign makes it fun for the adults who are supervising their children and for older children it may help to get their creative juices flowing.

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