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!

Harvester Park, Burr Ridge

Harvester Park
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

When you walk up to Harvester Park from the parking lot, you will see a sand area, spray pad, tree playhouse, and other equipment for younger children, but keep walking and you will find a whole other area for older kids with a zip line, and other equipment that will be sure to keep them climbing.

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. They can enjoy the playground and a round of miniature golf in one trip!

Buttonwood Park, Naperville

Buttonwood Park
803 Buttonwood Circle
Naperville, IL 60540

If you are looking for a quiet, neighborhood park for your kids to play, then this is the one to check out. You can also bring a frisbee, kite, or soccer ball to play in the huge field next to the playground as well.

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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 the “dream build play experience” to make sure that all kids, of all abilities, can safely play. This playground is an awesome example of that.

McCollum Park, Downers Grove

McCollum Park
6801 Main Street 
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This park is huge, with a couple sections with playground equipment, picnic area, miniature golf course, and horseshoe courts!

Central Park Main Playground, Oak Brook

Central Park
1510 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

The main playground at Central Park is located next to the Park District building and has a large array of equipment for older kids with multiple big slides.

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.

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!

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Laidlaw Park, Western Springs

Laidlaw Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Laidlaw Park has a seated zip line 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.

Summerlakes Park, Warrenville

Summerlakes Park
3010 Talbot Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555

If your kids like American Ninja Warrior, they are going to love this park with a timed ninja course!


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

About the Author

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, her husband, and their 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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