I've only been a father for 19 months, but I'm finding out how hard it is to keep my kid entertained this summer compared to last.

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Last year at this time it was easy as we'd just throw a new toy at her, but now she's at that age where she gets bored and restless fairly easily and playing at home just isn't cutting it anymore.

It definitely doesn’t help when the temperatures rise into the mid to upper 80's either because that opens a whole new can of worms when it comes to venturing out and playing at the park or nearby playground.

I bring that up because my last couple trips up to Manor Park with the kiddo, I've noticed how the playground equipment can get dangerously hot. It doesn't matter if it’s plastic or metal, the equipment can get hot enough to cause third-degree burns and blisters if the kids aren't careful.

The slides are the most dangerous too. Our kid's skin is so much more sensitive and thinner than ours, so if you're not mindful in checking the temperature first you could be in some big trouble.

We don't have to worry about this at Manor Park because it's mostly wood chips, but be mindful of the cement or any surface that can heat up in the sun, especially if they wear sandals or take their shoes off when they get to the play area like my kid loves to do.

Basically all I'm saying it to test it all out first. A quick run through the equipment is the difference between a fun day out and a fun day ruined.

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