These Fenced-In Parks and Tot Lots are Great for Toddlers

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When my kids were toddlers, my number one all-time-favorite park feature was a fence. Honestly, I would have shown up to a patch of grass with my kids if it had a bench and a fence! Thankfully, there are tons of fun playgrounds for little kids in our area that are enclosed to add a little extra peace of mind, especially for those parents keeping an eye on multiple little ones.

Want more places to explore? Our list of best parks for toddlers is another great list of good playgrounds for littles, both fenced-in and not.

Fenced-In Parks and Tot Lots in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

Fully Fenced Parks

Butterfield Park, Lombard

Butterfield Park
21W730 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Near the main facility for the Butterfield Park District, as well as the new playground and recreation spaces at The Glen, this playground has a ramp leading up to the park that is wheelchair accessible. Heads up that the playground is sometimes in use by the preschool.

Brancato Park, Countryside

Brancato Park
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.

Katherine Legge Memorial Park, Hinsdale

Katherine Legge Memorial Park
5901 S. County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521

This fenced-in playground is on the grounds of the sprawling Katherine Legge Memorial Park, which also has a nature-based play area, picnic shelters ,sports fields, and more.

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. Click here to read more about Darien Community Playground.

Central Park – The Sandlot Playground

This all-ages park was built around the idea of accessible play for all. Read our full review of the Sandlot, or check out a video of the playground.

Water Tower Park

Brookfield and Maple Avenues
Brookfield, IL 60513

This fenced-in playground by the Brookfield water tower has a train play house, low-to-the-ground play structure for littles, ride-on toys, swings, and plenty of shade from trees. Kids will be able to see the trains passing through Brookfield at the nearby train crossing, too.

Hope D. Wall School Playground

Hope D. Wall School Playground
449 W New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506

This rocket-themed inclusive playground has many opportunities for kids of all abilities and all ages to play. Please note that it is open to the public outside of school hours and on weekends. The equipment is a mixture of larger climbing opportunities and smaller slides and swings. It has wheelchair swings and many accessible features also. Click here to read more about the Hope D. Wall Playground.

Irma Butler Playground, Hinsdale

Irma Butler Tot Lot at Robbins Park
415 W 8th Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

This newly renovated playground is right in front of the Hinsdale Community House and now has baby swings, a four-person see saw, and playground equipment on turf. It is fully fenced in with gates.

Wheaton Park District Community Center Playground

1777 S. Blanchard Street
Wheaton, IL 60189

There’s a fenced-in playground for littles behind the Wheaton Park District Community Center.

Toohey Park Tot Playground

1900 Orchard Rd,
Wheaton, IL 60189

This little playground has a mud-free play surface and was designed specifically for kids ages 2 to 5.

Partially Fenced Playgrounds

Central Park – Park District Playground

1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
This park is next to the Oak Brook Park District main building and is fenced off from the road. There is equipment for all ages, including toddlers.

Main Street Recreation Center Playground

501 Hill Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Located by the Main Street Recreation Center, this fenced-off playground also has picnic tables and a grassy field nearby. If the center is open, you can stop in to use the bathroom, too.

Washington Park

835 Prairie Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
This park has been recently updated and has a toddler-age section.

Candy Cane Park

29th and Park Avenues
Brookfield, IL 60513

Fox Park

624 S Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
This park has a fence on the Oak Park Avenue side.

College Park

photo courtesy of Naperville Park District

47 N Columbia Street
Naperville, IL 60540
This park is fenced on all sides; however one side has a wood fence that toddlers most likely could walk under.

Tot Lots

Tot lots are small playgrounds, usually fenced, designed specifically for toddlers and little kids.

Papoose Tot Lot
887 Papoose Court
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Brancato Tot Lot
Plainfield Road and Ashland Avenue
Countryside, IL

Andrew Whiting Memorial Park
55th Place and Peck Avenue
Countryside, IL

Srejma-Michalek Memorial Tot Lot
Lorraine Drive and Forestview Road
Countryside, IL

Hollands Park
Seventh Avenue and Bob-O-Link Drive
Countryside, IL

Countryside Playschool Lot
5540 East Avenue
Countryside, IL

Woodland Ridge Park
Woodland Ridge Subdivision
Countryside, IL

Jaycee Tot Lot
445 N. Larch Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Forest Park Tot Lot
Lathrop North of Roosevelt
Forest Park, IL

Remembrance Park
Randolph & Circle
Forest Park, IL

Popelka Park
Thomas & Adams
Forest Park, IL

Veterans Park
Circle & Lehmer
Forest Park, IL

Reiger Park
Circle & 16th
Forest Park, IL

Randolph Tot Lot
300 S Grove Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
This park has a Zephyr train play structure.

Wehnonah Tot Lot
844 Wenonah Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
This park has a car theme with cars to sit in and gas pumps to fill up.

Fairfield Tot Lot
59th Street and Richmond Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

Hillside Tot Lot
430 E Willow Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Fairfield Tot Lot, Westmont
59th Street and Richmond Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

Looking for more info on playgrounds?

Our Ultimate Guide to Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs has suggestions for every age group and type of park you are looking for! Also, the best playgrounds for toddlers has more tot-friendly options!

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  • Spring Park in La Grange is also a nice fenced in park! Located at the corner of 53rd St and Spring Ave.

  • There is also a fenced-in tot park in countryside- not sure the name of it but it’s on the corner of bob-o-link drive and 7th Ave.


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