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.
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Best Playgrounds for Toddlers
Darien Community Park, Darien
Darien Community Park
7100 Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561
Although the address for Darien Community Park is listed as Clarendon Hills Road, the parking lot for the toddler-friendly fenced-in playground is off Plainfield Road right across the street from Indian Prairie Library. It makes a great combo trip!
There’s a lot of opportunities for imaginary play with a lemonade stand, the fire truck pictured above, castle, play house, and island and boat-themed playground equipment. Additionally, the playground was designed with accessibility in mind, including wheelchair-friendly soft surface, ramps, a wheelchair-accessible spinner, and more. Click here to read more about this great park.
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. If your kiddos tend to gravitate towards equipment they’re not quite ready for, this is a great choice to let them roam more freely.
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. (Follow the signs past the Science of Spirituality center.)
The playground was designed to provide equal access to play and recreation to children of all abilities, including those with developmental delays, physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and autism.
Harvester Park, Burr Ridge
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
What doesn’t this playground have? It’s split into two areas, divided by a bridge. The front half is for younger kids and includes a sand area with a belt and pulley system, western-themed music area, treehouse, slides, climbing ropes, and a river running through it during the warmer months.
Be mindful that there is a water play area, large sand pit, and splash pad; clothing and shoes that can get wet are helpful. You’ll find a bathroom by the shaded picnic tables, too.
Ty Warner Park, Westmont
Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
Ty Warner Park is a sprawling recreation destination with a summertime paid spray park, paved paths, pavilions, and more. The playground, though, is ideal for the toddler crowd with a big low-to-the-ground playground and a play train in a sand pit.
Butterfield Park, Lombard
21W730 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
Located behind the Butterfield Park District building, this park is actually two playgrounds: a fenced-in playground for the younger kids, plus a bigger-kid playground without a fence right next to it. The really nice thing is that the fence here closes and latches! There are also plenty of benches for parents to sit and supervise. The fenced-in playground has its own smaller sand pit, as well as ride-on toys.
Central Park West, Oak Brook
Central Park West
1500 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.
Discovery Park, Lisle
Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street
Lisle, IL 60532
Discovery Playground was built with accessibility for all in mind! You’ll find wide ramps, musical instruments, two zip lines (one with a bucket seat), disc swing, a wheelchair accessible spinner, an expression baby swing, and more. The soft, spongy surface is great for toddlers finding their footing, too. Please note that this playground was built primarily for kids 5-12, but Kidlist readers voted for it because of the toddler-friendly aspects, such as the musical area, smaller slide on the side, swings, and inclusive aspects.
Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn
845 Pershing Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Maryknoll Park is a definitely favorite for toddlers! Check out the little tree house play structure, swings, big a sandbox with water features, and a low-to-the-ground disc swing.
Maryknoll Park also has a miniature golf course and a paid splash pad if you’d like to extend your trip!
Wilder Park, Elmhurst
175 S Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Wilder Park has just about everything. The playground is surrounded by so many other points of interest, including Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Public Library, and the Wilder Park Conservatory. The toddler section of the park has fun ride-in insects, a sand area, swings, slides, and tunnels.
95th Street Community Plaza, Naperville
95th Street Community Plaza
3109 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville, IL 60564
This book-themed playground is right outside the 95th Street Library and has colorful and bright equipment for kids to explore, slide down, and climb on. There’s also a free, fenced-in splash pad that’s open over the summer. Click here for a full overview of 95th Street Community Plaza.
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. There’s a mini-golf course on site, as well as walking paths, baseball fields, and more.
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.
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.
Gilbert Park, Downers Grove
1500 Gilbert Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
This park with equipment for toddlers is connected to a trail that’s perfect for taking a walk before or after playing.
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.