Friday, August 12, 2011

Fast Food Playgrounds Are Not As Clean As You Think

A few days ago I decided to take my grandson to a fast food restaurant for a lunch and play-date. With his "kid's meal" in one hand, and Jude's hand in my other, I found a great spot, close to the playground, to set down his food for feasting.  Not able to hold back from the fun, Jude took off as I chased behind him and found myself climbing up and through the tubular maze, ending with a twisty slide back down to 'start.'  It was all good fun, but far from clean!  I did not expect to see big pockets of animal droppings all along the way.  Needless to say I had to take a very disappointed toddler away before we had a chance to eat or go around a second time!  I drove him home and back to our favorite park by his house.  We got to have our lunch, play-date in a clean playground.  I've learned my lesson! 1. Be sure to check out the playground area before allowing the children to play. 2. Dorothy was right...there's no place like home!
P.S. I did call the restaurant to let them know the unsanitary conditions of their children's play equipment.  
P.S.S. Please share ideas and/or experiences similar to mine.  Always looking to make the world cleaner and safer for our little ones!
Learning as we go,
Bubbie and Jude
Related Article:
Fast Food Play Places Are Not As Clean As You Think!


  1. Wow. Actually, since the restaurant was so neglectful, rather than rely on them to self-police, it might be a good idea to call the Department of Health.

  2. Thanks for your suggestion, Granny Nanny! I'll be calling the Health Department this morning to report my findings on this fast food restaurant's playground equipment. It's been bothering me ever since I discovered it and reported it to the restaurant's customer service headquarter's department. Who knows how quickly they'll actually respond to this complaint. Hoping this next call will make a difference. I'll keep you posted if anything new comes of it.
    Thanks again!

  3. I'm hoping it was an outdoor playground! No matter where you take the kids, it pays to be vigilant. My granddaughter found a condom at the last playground I took her to! Thank goodness she was old enough to know not to touch it.

  4. Yes, at least the playground was outdoors!
    It's nice to hear your granddaughter knew better not to touch the condom. Others may not have been so wise. As you said, "it pays to be vigilant!" Thanks for your input, Susan. Reminds me to pass this warning forward to help others.