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Ancient Playground

ancient playground

January 1 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 8:00 pm

Ancient Playground
Fifth Avenue & East 85th Street Upper East Side
New York, New York

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Suggested Ages: All

FREE

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for adventurous fun and imaginative play.

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Poles plus instructions and bait (corn kernels) available at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, on the north shore of the Meer.

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