American Ninja Warrior-Style Parks for Big Kids in the Chicagoland Area

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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

Walker Park

Walker Park
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.

South Ridge Park

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

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.

The Glen

The Glen
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

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.

Gregory B. Bott Park

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

Meineke Park
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.

Commissioners 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.

Summerlakes Park

Summerlakes Park
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.

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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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