Author - Mistie Lucht

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Playground Pointers was Founded and co-created by Mistie Lucht.   Lucht is a former marketing and sales executive and mother of three girls (ages 7, 5, and 2) An outdoor enthusiast and avid runner, Lucht created Playground Pointers to make it easier for moms and caregivers to keep their children healthy and happy through outdoor play.  She has been an NPN Member since 2007. Learn more at playgroundpointers.com.

Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler

We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: How can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training our kids? Playground Pointers has a solution to help!  Here are some playgrounds around Chicago with adjacent fieldhouses—with bathrooms! Just make sure you visit during weekdays when the fieldhouses will be open and bathroom facilities will be available.

Margate Playground

Location: 4921 N. ...

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

BEST Playgrounds on the El

No car?  No problem!  Here are some great playgrounds just blocks from an El stop.  So, load up the kids for an El playground adventure!

Lois Klein Playground: 3550 N. Lincoln at Addison and Ravenswood

El Stop: Brown Line Addison stop

Playground Details: Small, bustling playground in a busy area, yet the structures feel removed from the street and train tracks.  Enjoy some morning playtime then head to Roscoe Village for lunch. There is a toddler climbing structure, with s...

Posted on August 08, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Family Fitness at the Park!

All summer, Playground Pointers and NPN have been sharing all kinds of amazing playgrounds for you to experience.  Now, here is a way to experience playgrounds in a different way – by playing with your kids and staying fit at any playground you visit.

Playground Pointers has partnered with Coach Kimmy Personal Fitness to bring you 5 fun and challenging exercises for the entire family.  Get moving and get playing!

Bench Bunny Hop Overs:  

·      Find any park bench and place you...

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

7 Best Chicago Playgrounds for Climbing

As your kids get older, perhaps playgrounds are not their first choice for outdoor playtime anymore.  Before they retire their sliding and swinging skills, check out these playgrounds that have more challenging climbing structures.  Get in on the fun yourself and challenge them to a climb – you’ll be amazed how interesting these playgrounds can be for even you!

Union Playground

Location: 1501 W. Randolph St., Near West Side Neighborhood

Challenge Details: From the huge dom...

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Mistie Lucht

Great playgrounds for Crawlers (and new walkers)

Whether it is your first child, or 5th, and when your crawler wants (and needs!) to play in a safe, outdoor space, these playgrounds are great options to check out to let your newly mobile kiddo(s) explore and play.  All have a soft rubber surface (forget mulch chips at this age as they only end up in their mouths!) and safe, fun and unique options to keep all ages entertained.

As this well deserved summer finally gets into full swing, try to check out a few, or save these playgro...

Posted on June 05, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Chicago "spray" grounds! Get wet & cool down!

Spraygrounds!!! It's time to get wet! Here are some great “spray” grounds in Chicago where all ages will enjoy a little cooling off.

Adams Playground:

Where:  1919 North Seminary Avenue, just south of Armitage

The water details:  Adams has a very fun (but very slippery!) water playground area. There is a slide, sprayers, and other fun water play, and Adams supplies water toys (and you can bring your own) for play. Benches surround the water area for observing and there is usual...

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Feel like a Chicago Tourist for FREE with your kids

This is the perfect time of year to spend the day as a tourist in your own city of Chicago!  Try this advernture with your little ones.

Attraction:  Millennium Park/ Target Tent/ Crown Fountain

Playgrounds: Lakeshore East Playground 

There is no better way to spend a summer day than at Millennium Park.  Here is how a typical day would work with my two girls and me. We would hop on the Brown Line el about 8:30am and get off at the Library Brown Line stop (it is the closest ...

Posted on August 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

5 Playgrounds Picks & Features to Explore (Get Wet!)

Temps are heating up and the water features are calling your little ones!  Are you ready to explore & play outside?  There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground.  NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.

5 Get-Wet Summer Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out even the hottest days!  

#1. Commercial Club Playground (1845 W. Rice St. (just n...

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

5 Playgrounds Picks & Features to Explore (no H2O)

Chicago - Are you ready to explore & play outside?  There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground.  NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.

5 Spring Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out those rainy day blues!  

#1. Portage Park Playground (4100 N Long Ave. (Central and W. Irving Park))

Check out: Canoe structures, “Kids Only” clubhous...

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Field Play for Turkey Day

This week, we will be exercising our mouths (eating lots of yummy food), and our patience (hanging with family and out-of-town guests), but what about our bodies? 

You don’t need a gym membership or an indoor play space to get moving over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Here are 5 fantastic Chicago playgrounds with large, adjacent green space for that game of football, tag, or any other all-family games you may play, perfect for all ages and ability levels.  AND bonus this year:  The Thanks...

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht