Ever since we spotted the striking blue play structure being built at 3rd Street and Sixth Avenue, we've been dying to explore Minetta Playground. Although it was originally scheduled to open last fall, it just unlocked its gates last week.
Despite its cool equipment, this new play spot doesn't quite qualify as a Destination Playground: it's modest in size and has no bathroom. But it's a great place to know about if the playgrounds in nearby Washington Square Park are overrun, which they often are. My active toddler certainly approved of Minetta Playground: We spent an hour playing on the bright green and blue structures, swinging on the baby swings, and running around a sprinkler area that will be spraying water soon enough.