Centipede

13 Oct

Recently my family and I spent the afternoon in Dallas celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday with my husband’s family.  My in-laws live near Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  If you’ve never been, it’s a state-of-the-art, beautiful children’s hospital which specializes in pediatric orthopedics.  They also have a really awesome playground!

The playground is huge, and is divided into several sections, which are all within a fenced boundary.  There is a playhouse, some statues, a restroom facility, a pavilion, a large playscape, a small playscape, a play train, monkey bars, bouncy see-saw, monkey rings, built-in musical instruments, tunnels, silly mirrors, and more.  The area is surrounded by huge trees, which provide a large amount of shade.

While playing this last time, we ran into a Nana and Peepaw, who were there with their four-year-old granddaughter.  Nana explained to us that they frequently drive in from Frisco to bring the children to this park.  (The park is open to the public, by the way, you do not have to be a patient to play.  It’s never crowded, perhaps because most people do not know about it.)

Anyhow, we had a total of four kids, ranging in ages from two to ten.  I was feeling energetic and full of inspiration, so I taught the kids how to play Centipede.  A bunch of the adults got involved too, which was really fun!  The kids started whining when we had to quit playing and go home!

Centipede is similar to a reverse of hide and seek.  One person is “it.”  The “it” person runs and hides somewhere really good while all of the remaining players stand in a designated area and count.  We counted to 30.  Once the players reach 30, everyone runs and tries to find the “it” person.  The goal is to find the “it” person discretely, because when you find them, you have to hide with them, and you do not want to give it away to the other players.  The object of the game is for everyone to find the “it” person and hide with them, creating a piggy backing or centipede, if you will!  The first person to find the “it” person gets to be “it” and hide the next round.

Centipede was particularly fun at this park because it was large enough to have a plethora of really fun/good hiding places.  The fact that so many adults got in on the action only made it even more exciting for the kids!

For more information about the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for children, visit their website at http://www.tsrhc.org/.

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