August 28, 2012 Kerala Taylor

And the Grand Prize winners of our Summer Playground Challenge are...

Over the summer, we challenged parents across the country to visit as many playgrounds as they could—and to share photos using our Tag! mobile app. Of the 65 moms and dads who rose to the Challenge, four went above and beyond, each earning themselves a trip for two to Washington, DC!

Our four Grand Prize Winners visited a collective total of 727 playgrounds in six weeks and took 2,713 photos! Now, a drum roll please for:

Alex Nguyen

Kenmore, Wa.
Earned 163,680 points and took 700 photos

Best part of Challenge: “It gets your family moving! Seriously,I lost 9 lbs doing the Playground Challenge, and that doing nothing special except being outside and chasing after my kids!”

What makes a good playground: "I look for a sense of community in a playground. I like it when I bring my 4yo and 7yo to a skate park, and the teenagers let them take turns, and check themselves... I also like seeing people of all ages at the park, from older people practicing tai chi or playing chess, and answering questions from my kids, to the teen agers, to the parents of kids like myself."

Funniest thing overheard at the playground: "I was climbing up to get a picture of my oldest. Another kid already there looked at me and in all seriousness went, 'Is this thing going to break now?' I told him no, playgrounds were made for adults, who are just big kids too. He then went on to exclaim, 'REALLY?' and was happy that I didn't break the playground."

 

Dana Wheatley

Calgary, A.B.
Earned 96,550 points and took 456 photos

Best part of Challenge: “You can do something great for your community, while having a blast with your kids and learning about your city all at the same time!”

What makes a good playground: "I think shade is the most forgotten element that takes a good playground up to a great one. Location is also important. I think they are best when people can see that they are there and that people are playing there. And with green space around it instead of crammed by a school, parking lot and tarmac."

Benefits of playground-going: "[My son] had been dropping his naps (he's 3) but we've been really wearing him out in the playgrounds so he's started napping most days again. I told him that when we got home it would be time for his quiet time. He yells, 'No! I want a nap!'"

 

Annie Cheng

San Francisco, Calif.
Earned 78,730 points and took 833 photos

Best part of Challenge: “You get to explore so many playground you would otherwise miss. We used to go to the same ones all the time. Now after the Challenge, we found so many fun places to go.”

What makes a good playground: "My favorites have always been those with lots of trees, shade and trails for riding bikes. Bonus: if the playground has great view!! We have some here on top of the hill or on higher parts of the city, and it's such a pleasure to be at those playgrounds."

 

Sara Russell

Waterville, Me.
Earned 70,945 points and took 724 photos

Best part of Challenge: "IT PAYS TO PLAY! Your children will benefit from fresh air, socializing, learning about their community and exercising. You will benefit for all the same reasons + tired kids = earlier bedtimes."

What makes a good playground: "A good playground is a playground with some seated shade, green grass and plenty of equipment to climb on. Steps, shaking bridges, and rock walls allow for some risk-taking, bravery and adventure."

 

Inspired? The Challenge goes on this Fall. Take photos of the playgrounds you visit and be entered to win gift cards for toys, outdoor gear, ice cream and more in our biweekly sweepstakes. The more playgrounds you visit, the better chance you have to win! Download our Tag! app to join: iPhone | Android
 

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