When my girls were little, an hour-long trip to the park would wipe them out. Now that they’re older, we’re looking for new ways to burn off ALL their big-kid energy. So-called “ninja-style” obstacle course parks are great ways to test their strength, have fun, and get in a really good workout. I love seeing their confidence build as they challenge themselves in new ways at these ninja parks throughout the western suburbs.
Ninja Parks in the Chicagoland Area
7425 S. Wolf Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Walker Park was renovated in spring 2021 and is a must-do. With a sand area and new playground, your children will be busy all afternoon.
1450 Freeman Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 6019
South Ridge Park has playgrounds for both big and little ones, a ninja park, a splash pad, and sand volleyball courts. Bring your scooters and skateboards for a trip around the large pond.
14240 W. 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
At the center of Heritage Park, you’ll find outdoor fitness equipment and a ninja/challenge course. Renovated in 2020, this park has sports courts, a sensory garden, and a nature-based play area.
Route 53 and Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60148
Opened in June 2021, The Glen is a part of the larger Glenbriar Park. Along with the obstacle course, there’s fenced-in playgrounds, an amphitheater, and much more. We recommend this challenging course for older kids and adults.
Wolf’s Crossing Community Plaza
3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road
Naperville, IL 60564
Wolf’s Crossing Community Plaza is a new facility in Naperville. The grounds have various sports fields and courts, a free splash, and large playground area. It’s also very close to 95th Street Community Plaza. Note: This outdoor fitness equipment at Wolf’s Crossing is bigger than a typical ninja park. My 8-year old has to really stretch to reach everything.
24550 West Renwick Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
Bott Park is a family favorite of ours, with a full skate park, sports fields, ninja park, and large playground space for both little and big kids. This Universally Accessible playground has unique swings and other features to ensure there is a lot of fun to be had by all guests.
220 E. Weathersfield Way
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Meineke Park is home to a ninja park, playgrounds, and sport courts. It’s also a short trip away from Schaumburg’s Sculpture Park.
81 Linda Lane
Streamwood, IL 60107
The recently renovated Comissioners Park in Streamwood is incredible. The ninja park is along side the sports courts and playgrounds.
3010 Talbot Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555
Summerlakes Park was one of the first ninja parks in the area. To go along with their agility course, they also have large and small playgrounds, as well as various sports fields.
Looking for other ways to have fun outdoors with your big kids? Check out our 15 Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids.