One of the reasons I wanted to do a City Gardens series was to find play areas not only in the city center but as well as around the city. I love meeting other moms and have playdates but there can be problems when you want to meet up and need to find somewhere to go. I really hope to build up this as a comprehensive guide not just for tourist but for anyone living in Torino.
The Giardino Madame Curie is one of my favorites and from these pictures you can see why that is. I don’t get to come here very often but when I do I get really happy and wish for the days I could play too.
This playground is very green. It’s great place for running around with a ball and because it’s located in a residential area there aren’t too many cars whizzing by. There are usually lots of friendly kids and parents here which is one of the reasons why I love coming here. One this particular day, we had the playground to ourselves. (We went on the Italian holiday, Ferragosto)
There’s a small structure for the little ones (ages 1-4). It’s always nice to have a separate area for the babies so they don’t get trampled on by the bigger kids.
The bigger structure is for kids ages 6-12 but Miss E (age 3) did just fine climbing on the spider net up to the top of the slide. I would think that even if it’s super crowded, they kids wouldn’t have too much of a hard time waiting their turn. There’s just so much space that running around and playing tag would be just as fun.
One perk of this place is that on top of a small hill there are lounge chairs for a nice view. Obviously this is popular spot and if you’re lucky you may actually get to sit in one for a few minutes.
That last time I came here there wasn’t this outdoor gym equipment. This is so great because this playground is near a river and major park so there are a lot of runners and fitness enthusiasts. I played around with the equipment and it’s very comfortable and easy to use. I also discovered that I have no upper body strength at all!
Perhaps the best part (and this is why I wish I was little again) is the ZIP LINE! Our little daredevil Miss E couldn’t get enough and we had to drag her away. Miss V is still very much afraid and wouldn’t even trust her daddy and Baby C enjoyed it even though she was a little bit scared.
Giardino Marie Curie is located on Via Servais near bust stop 1956.
*The city tries its best to upkeep these play areas. They’re cleaned once a week and checked for broken and damaged structures. They’ll often place a sticker on the equipment (usually the swings) with the date and time they controlled everything. There is also small plaque indicating the recommended age for use. While most of these playgrounds are gated some may not be completely closed off and most are located near very busy streets.