Beauvoir Outdoors at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, on weekends
Tuition at Beauvoir runs about $30,000 a year. But there’s no charge to climb, slide, explore, run around, and ride the zip line at the private school’s playground, open to the public on the weekends. (Yes, you read that right: There’s a zip line.) With elaborate wooden structures built by award-winning German manufacturer Richter Spielgeräte GmbH
—which has also made equipment used at London’s Kensington Gardens, the Barcelona Zoo, the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw—the playground dazzles parents used to the more plebeian parks found elsewhere. Kids? They’re too busy flying down a two-level, fully enclosed slide that runs underground, or climbing across rope tunnels between giant wood towers (connected, of course, by a hidden pipe that lets you holler messages to your friends in the next one over) to have any awkward class awareness. Just remember: There’s no bathroom. Apparently the rich really are
different from you and me.