Kidlist readers throughout the years have contributed to this list of the best playgrounds for toddlers. It’s a great list of options in the western suburbs! We checked out all of the following playgrounds so we could give you a sneak peek of what you will find there.
Have another to add? We would love to hear your picks and explore those to add them to the list as well. Email Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
Berens Park, Elmhurst
493 N Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
The photo above shows the playground right off Armitage with an adjacent sand area. Trees shade parts of the park. There is also a larger playground on the other side of the tennis courts, at the end of the large parking lot near The Hub, which has concessions, a splash pad, and miniature golf. There are fabric canopies over much of the playground equipment to create shade. Both playground areas have plenty of toddler-friendly equipment.
Seven Gables Park, Wheaton
Seven Gables Park
1750 S Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
The area to the left in the photo shows the toddler area with smaller slides, bridges, tunnels, and music making opportunities. The soft, rubbery surface also makes it a great choice, not to mention the bright colors. There is not much shade on the playground itself, but you can take breaks and bring along sun hats.
Brancato Park, Countryside
65 W Plainfield Road
Countryside, IL 60525
This park is completely geared towards toddlers with a ride-on dolphin and seahorse, seesaw, multiple small slides, tunnels, and a board to touch and manipulate. There is shade from a nearby tree and benches to relax on.
Buttonwood Park, Naperville
803 Buttonwood Circle
Naperville, IL 60540
A neighborhood playground with street parking, this park is peaceful and actually quite large. There are a few different areas that cater to various age groups, but there is smaller equipment for younger kids, a bank of swings with benches nearby, a covered area and shade.
Owen’s Playground, Downers Grove
Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest School
1435 Jefferson Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516
It’s rare to see all age groups fully enjoying the space at the same time, but this one does it successfully. It’s a large and colorful playground with various areas to play music, jump, climb, slide, and balance. The ramps are double wide and accommodating. Please note that this is a school playground and can only be used when school is not in session.
McCollum Park, Downers Grove
6801 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Wow, this park is amazing and has something for everyone! The toddler section is in a separate mulched area, set apart from the other parts of the park by a sidewalk and is lined with benches.
Northside Park, Wheaton
1300 N West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Northside Park is amidst a beautiful setting with Lincoln Marsh Waterway coming through the park and the play equipment for younger children is a huge hit! The toddler area is set apart from the larger equipment and near a covered picnic area if you want to bring a lunch to eat in the shade.
Central Park, Oak Brook
1510 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
There are three different playground areas at this park and all three are toddler-friendly. The surface of Central Park West (pictured) is astroturf that bounces back when you walk on it and the park is smaller with a little pond and waterfall. Central Park is also home to The Sandlot, a universal playground located next to the tennis center.
Sensory Garden Playground, Lisle
Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
This horse stable-themed playground is designed for 2-to-5-year-olds, where they can enjoy sound and fragrance gardens, play equipment, and take a break in the central gathering area. It is tucked in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada South Area located just northeast of Naperville and Navistar roads and provides equal access to play and recreation to children of all abilities, including those with developmental delays, physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and Autism.
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Westmont
Veteran’s Memorial Park
55 E Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559
This is the park with the iconic blue ship! Your toddler can explore the ship, play in the sand area, swing, and more on the first level. There is also another play area that has equipment for toddlers on one end.
Patriots Park, Downers Grove
501 55th Place
Downers Grove, IL 60515
This beautiful park is surrounded by a serene pond and walking paths. It has ample shade in the toddler area with equipment shaped like a boat, for plenty of imaginative play.
Rehm Park, Oak Park
515 Garfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
Hand-powered trains circle this park with a variety of playground equipment geared towards toddlers.
Looking for more playgrounds? Check out our Guide to Playgrounds for All Ages and Interests! You also might be interested in Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2.