Since moving to Edinburgh two and a half years ago, we’ve become pretty well acquainted with its parks. Having two crazy sons will do that for you.
The day we found Dalkeith Park was a special one – we all absolutely loved it. I was really interested in the development of the Restoration Yard and the cool signage – the boys just wanted to race each other through the tunnels.
I mentioned the park on Instagram last month and lots of people were interested – one even took her family through from Glasgow the next day! The team then got in touch to ask if I’d like to come along to the grand opening of their brand new Sky Maze – how could I say no?!
Press Launch of Sky Maze
The day dawned snowy, but bright, so we just wrapped up extra warmly, looking forward to the promised breakfast spread. It didn’t disappoint!
Our were among the first kids to run over the bridge and up to the new adventure area. It felt very cool to be sneaking behind the fencing and climbing on the brand new structure.
Things I liked:
- I could fit through all the gaps and tunnels and inside the towers
- I could see where my kids were
- I felt it was safe but still challenging enough for the kids to test their own boundaries
- It smelled amazing
Things the kids liked:
- The fact that I could follow them and race them and generally get right in amongst the fun
- The two slides so we could race each other
- All the different surfaces – especially the perspex floor
- The fact they could run everywhere
Rod and I could just stand and watch for a good while – the rest of the play area is quite spread out so we’re always dashing around trying to keep an eye on them. The Sky Maze is self-contained. They did eventually remember there were other areas and ran off to the zip slide and the tower and the tunnel slide.
They would have been happy to stay all day – cold as it was – but Rod and I had rugby tickets. Also, the Sky Maze event finished at 12.
It opens to the public on the 9th of February – this Saturday – and I would thoroughly recommend a visit. There are tonnes of activities on including:
Face painting from 11am to 3pm
Create a pirate paper boat
Make your own wand
Design a Sky Maze clay creature
Build a spaghetti Sky Maze structure
Make a swashbuckling balloon sword
New activity sheets for pre-school and 6+
Photo opportunities in the new giant picture frame