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Monday, July 25, 2016

National Merry Go Round Day

Carnival music and children's laughter are noises you may hear on or around the carousel area. The carousel is a type of merry go round. A merry go round is any rotating platform. On playground, it is normally child- powered or in our case when we were small parent powered. The playground merry go round normally has bars or handles where children cling while riding. The carousel that we are used to is normally made up of rows of horses or other animals and may have seats as well. 

Many of the older style merry go rounds found on playgrounds are now considered dangerous. Some because of getting feet or hand s caught or pinched. Other reasons include falling off of the merry go rounds. While still in many parks that we go visit if your child does play on them make sure while in motion that your child is sitting down away from edge.
History records the earliest merry go round being in Byzantine Empire around 500 A.D. Baskets would carry riders suspended from a central pole. The first merry go round in the U.S. was created by Franz Wiesenoffer during the 1840s in Hessville Ohio. It was on July 25 1871 when the first carousel patent was issued to William Schneider of Davenport Iowa. 

There is a kid in all of us so find the nearest merry go round and have some fun.

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