12 Ninja Parks Where Big Kids Can Unleash Their Inner American Ninja Warriors (+ a Spot for Little Ninjas)

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Big-kid energy levels require big-kid feats of strength. Your child can put their agility skills to the test as they run, jump, climb, and balance on these obstacles. Race against the clock or each other at these ninja parks, which are some of the coolest playgrounds for older kids. (Plus, one mini ninja playground where little kids can try out the big-kid stunts!)

Don’t see your favorite spot on this list? Leave it in the comments below or email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com.

Walker Park in Burr Ridge

Spongy, rubber-like surface beneath ninja park obstacles.

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.

Freedom Park in Bolingbrook

Woodchips beneath obstacle equipment at a smaller ninja park area.

1600 Park Place
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Situated in the middle of a residential square, Freedom Park is home to this smaller agility course, as well as a newly updated full-size playground.

Camera Park in Glendale Heights

Climbing equipment making up a challenge course at Camera Park.

101 E. Fullerton Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL

This huge community park has a challenge course and fitness area with tons of equipment, all over artificial turf. You’ll also find a big playground here, as well as a splash pad, skate park, and more, making a cool destination for older kids, tweens, and teens.

South Ridge Park in Hoffman Estates

Ninja-style challenge course equipment above artificial turf, with water in the distance.
Close up of the challenge course structures at South Ridge Park in Hoffman Estates

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.

Heritage Park in Homer Glen

Unique obstacles and ninja park equipment on artificial turf.

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.

Read all this amazing spot in Annie’s review of Heritage Park.

The Glen at Glenbriar Park in Lombard

Spongy, rubber-like surface beneath obstacles and climbing equipment.

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. When my son was seven, he loved climbing everything, but a lot of the obstacles were too big, including the hanging boards. He got a kick out of trying the spinning-wheel monkey bars, though.

Four Seasons Park in Lombard

Ninja-style obstacle course on artificial turf.

Finley Road & 16th Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Four Seasons was renovated a couple of years ago to include a ninja-style obstacle course and challenge course. This colorful spot in Lombard is right by a big playground, too.

Wolf’s Crossing Community Plaza, Naperville

Fitness equipment and obstacles at Naperville's Wolf's Crossing park.

3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road
Naperville, IL 60564

Wolf’s Crossing Community Plaza is a newer park in Naperville, opened in 2020. The grounds have various sports fields and courts, a free splash pad, and large playground area. It’s also very close to 95th Street Community Plaza.

Kidlist Tip: This outdoor fitness equipment at Wolf’s Crossing is bigger than a typical ninja park. Last year, Katie noted that 8 years old still seemed to be a stretch to use the equipment.

Gregory B. Bott Park in Plainfield

Climbing equipment and other obstacles on a ninja park with artificial turf.

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.

Meineke Park in Schaumburg

Kids running through a ninja park's obstacles. The park has artificial turf.

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.

Commissioner’s Park in Streamwood

Ninja park equipment on artificial turf, with a line leading kids through the obstacles.

81 Linda Lane
Streamwood, IL 60107

Updated in 2020, Commissioner’s Park in Streamwood is incredible. The ninja park is along side the sports courts and playgrounds.

Summerlakes Park in Warrenville

Child climbing up a rock climbing wall at a ninja park in Warrenville.

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, which includes a sprint track and timers, they also have large and small playgrounds, skate ramps, and sports fields.

Bonus! Mini Ninja Park at Kelly Park in Wheaton

Photo of Kelly Park in Wheaton with artificial turf surface, a climbing net, an angled pair of boards to run on, and equipment to hop on.

1100 S Main Street
Wheaton, IL 60189

If the big-kid ninja parks are a bit too much for your little ones, Kelly Park might be more their speed! This park has a section with downsized ninja-style obstacles where kids can jump, swing, and balance.

Looking for other ways to have fun outdoors with your big kids? Check out our 15 Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids.

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  • My kids had today off from school and we decided to have a Ninja Warrior Day – thanks so much for compiling this list! We were able to hit 4 of the parks and each one was a blast! I’m exhausted, they’re exhausted- but all had loads of fun!


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