If you’re looking for a new spot to play with the little ones, look no further! We’ve got a master list here of the coolest playgrounds for kids in the Springfield area. We’re lucky to have such an amazing public parks system for kids to have fun, meet other tikes and give parents great memories of their kids’ childhoods. Check them out!
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park is a 207-acre park in west Springfield. As the name implies, it’s not only a park, it’s also a farm! Kids can hang out with farm animals before or after they play on a super-cool playground that looks like a barn! It has tons of slides, things to climb on and so much to see!
3500 S. Lone Pine Ave.
For more than 50 years families have been enjoying the natural beauty of Sequiota Park. It was originally a fish hatchery and the ponds that were presumably used to breed fish are still there! It’s a great place to meet some geese, but please don’t feed them! Instead, enjoy the awesome playground. It’s a colorful labyrinth of slides, rock climbing walls and so much more.
Dan Kinney Family Center is one of the newest family facilities in Springfield. Opened in 2013, this place has quickly become a favorite of south siders and eastsiders to play, exercise and get together. There’s so much to do for everyone in the family, including sports leagues, an impressive baseball diamond and of course, a top notch playground.
Tom Watkins park has all new equipment! Just this month, the newly renovated park opened up for parents and kids to enjoy. It boasts a brand spanking new 3,800 square foot interactive playground with a bunch of slides, games and even a rotary swing! The park also got new restrooms, a disc golf course and a new 7/10 of a mile track for running and jogging!
Much like the aforementioned Dan Kinney Center, Chesterfield is a complete family entertainment facility. It has an absolutely amazing pool with a 100-foot slide that goes outside the building and back into the pool, every piece of exercise equipment you can think of and so much more. Outside it’s got a great setup for the little ones.
Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Jenny Lincoln Park is a perfect place to spend an afternoon with your kiddos. It’s a robust 9-acres with tennis courts, picnic tables and a handicap accessible playground. There’s also a cool rock climbing feature, swings and plenty more to keep the little ones entertained for hours.
1600 N. Summit
Washington Park is one of the oldest in town and was one of the first two parks in the city! If you’re in the C Street area, it’s a perfect place to burn off some of that energy kids are famous for.