We Dig These Parks With Sand in the West Suburbs

Parks & Playgrounds

Oh, sand. Sometimes we love you, sometimes we loathe you โ€” but the kids always have a great time with this sensory-friendly activity that encourages them to get down to build, dig, and play!

We’ve rounded up a big list of local parks with sand available to play. Use this list to find a great park for your sand-loving kiddos to dig, tunnel, and build to their hearts’ content.

Phillips Park at Mastodon Island Peninsula, Aurora

Mastodon Island playground in Aurora
Sand area with fossils buried in it.

Mastodon Island Peninsula at Phillips Park
Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505

Themed after mastodon bones once found in the area, this playground is on its own island! Cross the bridge to play on the playground and “excavate” mastodon bones built into a sand pit. The playground is also in the same area as Phillips Park Zoo.

Harvester Park, Burr Ridge

Harvester Park
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Harvester has a big sand area with pulleys, a conveyor belt, and a screw auger. There’s also a water feature and a fun digging area where kids can find buried treasures built into the surface. Dress to get wet and sandy! Helpfully, there are bathrooms on-site.

Ty Warner Park, Westmont

Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

Ty Warner is a huge park with a ton to do, including a big sand area with a train to play in! There is a big splash pad area (with a fee), plus picnic tables and a bathroom on-site, too.

Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn

Maryknoll Park
845 Pershing Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Maryknoll is another big park with lots of activities. In addition to the playground with its sand table, you can visit the splash pad (be aware there is a fee) or picnic at the shelter.

Walker Park, Burr Ridge

Walker Park
7425 S. Wolf Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

This park was redone in 2021. Between the Challenge Course and playgrounds is a sand play area and swings. Click here to get all the details on the new features of this great park.

Crestview Park, Elmhurst

Crestview Park
245 Crestview Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Parking for Crestview Park is at the corner of Van Auden Street and Crestview Avenue.

Deicke Park Discovery Zone, Huntley

Deicke Park Discovery Zone
11419 S. Route 47
Huntley, IL 60142

This inclusive playground was designed for kids with many different abilities to play together! The sandpit has a water feature, a train slide, diggers, and sand toys. Check out Rita’s scoop on Deicke Park Discovery Zone.

Wilder Park, Elmhurst

Wilder Park
175 S Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

There’s a large sand area at Wilder Park, which is also situated next to Elmhurst Art Museum and the Wilder Park Conservatory.

Sunnyside Park, Wheaton

Sunnyside Park
1120 Coolidge Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60189

This neighborhood park has a big sand area with a train in addition to a larger playground with a soft, spongy surface.

Atten Park, Wheaton

Sand area with tunnels and bins with Atten Park playground in the background

Atten Park
1720 Wiesbrook Rd S
Wheaton, IL 60189

This park has a sand area with tunnels for tots to crawl through and circular bins for filling and scooping.

Bison’s Bluff, Schaumburg

A child pouring sand into a bucket with a scoop.

Bisonโ€™s Bluff Nature Playground
1111 E Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

This extra-cool nature playground has a large sand area with buckets, a sand table, and scoops. For the summer of 2023, they are having one-hour play sessions. Admission is $2 or $3 for kids, depending on residency; advance reservations through their website are recommended. Check out our review of Bisonโ€™s Bluff for more details.

Want to find out about more playgrounds?

Head to our Ultimate Guide to Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs. It has suggestions for every age group and type of park you are looking for!

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