15 Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids

Scope out some new spots for your family! We asked all of you for the best playgrounds for elementary school kids and you answered . . . with all of these great parks. There are special stories behind some of these play areas, so check them out and have fun!

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Best Playgrounds for Kids in Elementary School

Harvester Park, Burr Ridge

Harvester Park
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

The back half of Harvester Park is a playground designed for ages 5-12 years old. There’s a popular spinner behind the playground equipment pictured above and a long zip line that connects the two areas. Elementary school kids also love the other side with a small made-made river, sand area with belts and pulleys, climbing ropes and more.

Lester Community Park, Downers Grove

Lester Community Playground
Lester Elementary School
236 Indianapolis Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This playground is designed to be accessible to children of all abilities and developmental levels! It’s got artificial turf , communication boards for those who use AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), and more. The playground is only open to the public during non-school hours and is designed for ages 5-12 years old. Click here for a full overview of Lester Community Park and the story behind it.

Walker Park, Burr Ridge

Walker Park
7425 S. Wolf Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

This newly renovated park now has a challenge course and new equipment designed for 5-12 year olds, including a disc net climber with double swoosh slide, tight-rope bridge, boogie board, and a sky rail climber.

Darien Community Park, Darien

Darien Community Park
7100 Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561

This playground has an impressive amount of opportunities to climb and walk across obstacles! There are two playgrounds at Community Park. This one is off Clarendon Hills Road; the second playground geared towards younger kids is off Plainfield Road across from Indian Prairie Library. Click here for the full overview of Darien Community Park.

Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest School, Downers Grove

Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest School
1435 Jefferson Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Please note that Owen’s Playground is only open to the public outside of school hours. Owen Chaidez and his mom, Peg, started Dream Build Play Experience to make sure that all kids, of all abilities, can safely play. This playground is the first of many playgrounds they have had a hand in creating across Chicagoland! Click here for the full overview of Owen’s Playground.

Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

This is where the Cardboard Regatta sets sail every year! In addition to winding sidewalks around the lake, you’ll find two sets of playground equipment for all ages here.

McCullom Park, Downers Grove

McCullom Park
6801 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This flagship park of Downers Grove Park District has two big playground sections, a picnic area, miniature golf course, cement bags games, tennis courts, horseshoe courts, volleyball, and more. It’s a great spot for older kids to come meet friends!

Northside Park, Wheaton

Northside Park
1300 N West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

This playground has a beautiful setting at Lincoln Marsh Waterway. Kids can slip down a slide set into a hill, meander down the paths and across the bridge, and brave the zipline. There’s also a huge sledding hill that is fun to roll down on a warm day.

O’Brien Park, Downers Grove

O’Brien Park
6909 Dunham Road
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Renovated in 2018, this playground features an Omni Spinner, track ride for kids to glide on, multiple slides, and swings. The taller play structure and multitude of play options is great for kids for kids to test their derring-do; a smaller play structure for younger kids makes balancing multiple ages easier, too.

Sunset Knoll, Lombard

Sunset Knoll Playground
820 Finley Road
Lombard, IL 60148

This play structure has so many opportunities to climb and slide! You’ll also find small sprayers to cool off at an adjacent splash pad, as well as an NEOS 360 electronic game.

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, Naperville

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park
3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road
Naperville, IL 60564

With a zipline, arching climbing structure, multiple slides of all heights, poured surface, free splash pad, and tot park, Wolf’s Crossing makes it easy for all ages to play at the same park. It’s also right next to the 95th Street branch of the Naperville Public Library! Click here for a full overview of Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.

Berens Park, Elmhurst

Berens Park
493 N Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

This park has many different areas, including a splash pad, miniature golf, concessions, baseball fields, and playgrounds. Be on the look out for a larger area with equipment for elementary school-aged kids. You can enjoy the playground and a round of miniature golf in one trip.

Central Park, Oak Brook

Central Park
1510 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

There are two playgrounds at Central Park that are great for elementary school kids. The main playground is next to the Park District building and The Sandlot Universal Playground is near the Tennis Center and inclusive with double wide ramps, and equipment for all abilities. Click here to read more about The Sandlot.

Veteran’s Memorial Park, Westmont

Veteran’s Memorial Park
55 E Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559

Many people know about the colorful ship on one level of this playground, but in a shadier section of this park is larger equipment for older kids and a seated zip line.

Laidlaw Park, Western Springs

Laidlaw Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Laidlaw Park has a seated zipline and great equipment for elementary school kids. The park honors the memory of Patrick McNaughton, a two year old who passed away suddenly in April 2016, which is the main reason much of the equipment is green, Patrick’s favorite color, and features a train.


Looking for more things to do with your elementary school-age kids? Check out our Guide to Places to Go with Elementary School Kids (Ages 6-8).

We have details for even more playgrounds too! Click here for the Ultimate Guide to Parks and Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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