When it comes to playgrounds in Darien, your neighborhood school playground is an often overlooked but always great option for weekend fun (you obviously can’t use them during school hours). The Hindley School playground actually has 3 different playgrounds (not to mention a huge field for ball-kicking and lots of swings!)
In the front of the school, there is a smaller, sandy playground that includes a play structure with slides, a fun, 4-person “driving” structure (which you actually can’t see very well in the picture below, I’ll try to snap another one soon), and a very large sandbox.
At the way back of the school there is what is clearly a “big kid” playground, complete with a play structure that includes different slides, monkey bars, a climbing wall and other fun design elements. There are “big kid” swings and even a climbing-rope-web-thingy (below right).
The other nice thing about school playgrounds is that there is always some good blacktop space, so you can bring the bikes and roller blades if you’re so inclined. This playground also has a backboard, which I used to use growing up for tennis practice.
The setting for both of these ‘big kid’ playgrounds is very pretty, with the steeple of the Noroton Presbyterian Church peeking up above the treeline and the sound of tolling bells echoing through the air from this and other surrounding churches. That picture on the right is my sweet and faithful sidekick, patiently waiting in the hot sun for Mommy to finish snapping pictures (I couldn’t resist)!
Finally, tucked away around the very back of the school (you can drive in the second entrance and park in the small lot to get as close as possible) is a gated, sandy toddler playground, which includes regular swings, a tire swing, a play structure with low tube slides, a BENCH(!) and even some mini play items like a Fisher Price kitchen.