Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Let the little children come…to the playground February 21, 2018


TRAVELING DOWN A SNOW slicked county road toward Little Prairie United Methodist Church south of Dundas, I expected nothing out of the ordinary. Just a familiar country church with jolting red doors marking a rural intersection.



But then, to the left of the church, set back from the county road and next to the parking lot, I spotted a structure. Inaccessible unless I wanted to slog through snow. But visually accessible via the telephoto lens of my camera.



I noted a mini church facade marked as Little Prairie Playground, complete with those signature red double doors, stained glass and a bell tower. How clever. How fun. How cute.

Since I didn’t want to plow through snow for a close-up look, I checked out the church Facebook page, which reveals volunteers constructing this playground last spring with a June dedication.



Behind that mini church front and through those doors, kids will find a slide, mini climbing wall, swings and more, the more including an aged bell rung by the pull of a rope. The bell honors Anna Mae Little, whose farm family once lived nearest the church.



As I snapped a few photos, I considered that I need to return in the spring for another photo shoot and perhaps to bring my two-year-old granddaughter here to play in the quiet of the countryside in the holy presence of this place.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Note: All images are edited using an artistic filter.


22 Responses to “Let the little children come…to the playground”

  1. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    Love it! The red door and the cross in the stained glass are my favorite elements. I hope it is well constructed with lots of safety features.

  2. Jena Says:

    The best playground! I love that church! I can’t wait to see more of it when you go back to play in the spring!

  3. Jackie Says:

    Great find Audrey, this would be worth a trip to see. I really want to see the playground on the inside. It would be real fun for Izzy I’m sure.

  4. Sue Ready Says:

    What a clever idea and certainly a place worth stopping in the spring. It could become an Izzy favorite 🙂

  5. Bella Says:

    What a clever idea- sure to be a Izzy favorite spot

  6. How cute and fun is that! You have found some great playgrounds lately on your travels. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  7. How wonderful! 🙂 I so miss life in a small town!!

  8. Valerie Says:

    What a beautiful idea for a welcoming playground.

  9. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Wow, that is absolutely adorable! How fun for the kids and maybe some big kids too

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