Category Archives: Nanny

The Great Manhattan Playground Adventure

There’s a magical nanny crisscrossing Manhattan of late with Lexi and Annie her two young charges. Sarah Swymner, who has adopted the nom de plume Sarah Poppins, has set out to visit all of Manhattan’s public playgrounds over the course of the summer. The trio of adventurers is already well advanced in its quest – 100 down, 107 to go. The stats and the story are featured in an article published in todays’s edition of

Swymner aka Poppins is inviting the world along for the ride in her NYC Park Hopper blog. Reporter Jeff Mays caught up with nanny and the kids in Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park. If the smiles are any indication, it seems the explorers love their gig.

Photo Credit – Jeff Mays, Jackie Robinson Park, Harlem

This is truly the kind of nanny I’d want to have with my kids. The élan of discovery presents great opportunities for play and learning. It reminds me so much of Tomoyo, the young woman who cared for and loved our young lad a few years back. I can just imagine her leading the charge on a project like this too.

New York City has a lot of great playgrounds and useful online information available at the click of mouse. Now the city’s info will be supplemented with Sarah, Lexi and Annie’s contributions. Here’s hoping that they will find the time to play and be playful in the remaining 104 playgrounds and possibly inspire nannies and parents elsewhere to take up the cause of play and urban exploration.

Update – Nanny Poppins interview with Village Voice blogg.