One minute you’re belting out Elmo tunes in a duet with your tot and then suddenly you’re performing a solo: welcome to the car nappers club. The next time your kiddo sacks out mid-errand, don’t rush home and unbuckle (we mean wake) them. Just head to one of these scenic spots where you can let them nap while you take in the view, catch up on emails or catch a few winks yourself. Click through the slideshow to see our picks.

Cathedral Park

This rolling-hills park offers river views from underneath the St. Johns Bridge, the structure which, in and of itself, offers a stunning view. After spending the morning at the drop-in indoor park sessions at the St. Johns Community Center (8427 N Central), Tues.- Fri. 9:30-11:30 a.m., $1, kids under five, grab a snack at Girasole Restaurant (8449 N Lombard St.) , then drive to this nearby park and take in the views while the kiddo saws logs.

N Edison St. and Pittsburgh Ave.

photo: Cathedral Park courtesy of via creative commons

Do you have a special parking place to offer up to other parents?  Let us know in the comments section!

—Suzie Ridgway


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