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Not All Playgrounds Are Created Equal – Some Are Downright Terrifying

Playgrounds these days are a modern Mecca of safe, child-friendly technology. Gone are the days of scraped knees and splinters. Nowadays, kids can run amok on playground equipment without the fear of injury.

Unfortunately, Russia has yet to introduce injury-proof playground equipment to its outdoor play areas. In fact, Russian playgrounds still have plenty of sharp edges and splintering wooden angles. While they might look a little dilapidated to the outside observer, they certainly have quite a bit of personality.

The greatest slide ever, or a living nightmare?

The greatest slide ever, or a living nightmare?

I didn”t know pigs had nipples.

I didn

This ostrich has seen better days.

This ostrich has seen better days.

Something about those eyes…

Something about those eyes...

Forest of nightmares?

Forest of nightmares?

A creepy representation of the Russian children”s show character Cheburashka.

A creepy representation of the Russian children

The dirty snow just makes this playground all the more terrifying.

The dirty snow just makes this playground all the more terrifying.

The Joker?

The Joker?

Three Little Pigs.

Three Little Pigs.

Another terrifying Cheburashka.

Another terrifying Cheburashka.

A rubber-tire elephant.

A rubber-tire elephant.

Is that just a painted rock?

Is that just a painted rock?

Um…okay?

Um...okay?

The design of this one is actually brilliant.

The design of this one is actually brilliant.

Not something you want to accidentally come across during the night.

Not something you want to accidentally come across during the night.

How is this for children?

How is this for children?

The playground people.

The playground people.

(source Reddit)

While there is something to be said about keeping kids safe on the playground, there is an argument to be made for letting kids have their own experiences and make their own mistakes. Kids are going to get hurt no matter what; that”s just how life works. Wouldn”t you rather they hurt themselves having fun at an awesome playground like these instead of on something boring, plastic, and lifeless?