Warmer, sunnier days mean more time outside! Whether you have a little one who is learning how to walk and climb or a big kid you want to distract from playing Fortnite, local playgrounds are a mom’s best friend.
Emmet’s Playground was built in memory of Emmet Samuel Manheim, a 10-year old boy who lost his life to aplastic anemia on September 25, 2019. Emmet loved life and things that went fast, like slides, roller coasters, and skiing. This playground was built to spread the joy that Emmet embodied and inspired in his too-short life. His mom, Lisa, is a former Fairfield County Mom contributor.
So, whether you have the energy to play with your kids or want to park yourself on a bench with a coffee (no shame in that game), here is a solid line-up of playgrounds across Fairfield County recommended by our contributors.
Meckaur Park: Besides the playground, you can also find volleyball nets, basketball courts, and all-purpose fields. Take a walk on the various biking/walking trails or watch the ducks at the pond. There are bathrooms available from April through October.
Kid’s Kingdom: Rebuilt in 2012, Kid’s Kingdom is a relatively new playground with lots of fun features for older and younger kids alike. Great for kids who love to climb, as it boasts several fun climbing structures.
Beardsley Park: Play on the playground, check out the Beardsley Zoo, or on a hot day, let the kids play in the splash pad- Beardsley Park has it all.
Rogers Park: Located in the 56-acre public park, this playground is fun for kids of all ages. Adjacent to the playground is a splash pad. The park also has a concession stand, pond with hiking trails, and loads of all-purpose fields. Also, check out the outdoor ice-skating rink during the winter months.
Cherry Lawn Park: This playground has two fenced-in areas – one with a toddler playground and one with preschool-sized play structures. For moms with multiple children, having a fenced-in area is HUGE. And there are clean bathrooms on site! In the “big kid” section, there is even a roundabout!
Lt. Owen Fish Park: A larger, shady playground for toddlers and elementary school-age children. There are baby and big kid swings, slides, and climbing structures, as well as a four-person see-saw. The park is located off Stratfield Road in Fairfield but tucked away off the main road with parking. There are picnic tables and a little stream with ducks that the kids enjoy.
Veres Park: This amazing playground draws friendly families with young children. The play structures are designed to occupy the imagination of several age groups; a bonus if you have multiple children at different ages. The playground area is wide open so that everyone can be in constant view, but on the flip side, there isn’t a lot of shade. It’s a popular spot for mommy meet-ups, pre-nap activities, play dates, coffee breaks, and picnics. There are communal toys in the sandbox and ride-on toys out on the grass.
Sandcastle Playground: One of the most “famous” playgrounds in the area, Sandcastle Playground boasts a huge wooden sandcastle-style playground with basically every feature you can imagine. Located in the Jennings Beach parking lot, the playground is great for all ages, but it may be suited best for the older crowd due to its enormity.
Bruce Park: Everyone loves Bruce Park in Greenwich. There is a toddler and “big kids” section and a pavilion with picnic tables underneath. The park is beautiful, with water views and tall trees for shade.
Byram Park Playground: Byram Park playground now includes a large nature-inspired climbing structure with slides, a faux treehouse, a climbing pyramid, swings (including an “Expression Swing“), spring riders, and more. Benches and picnic tables are both available, and the view of the harbor is excellent.
Wolfe Park: The lakeside has a playground (most suitable for children over 5 years old) and a freshwater lake/beach, and a pavilion for picnicking. The main side of the park includes two separate playground spaces. The left side has two sections: one for children under 5 and one for children from 5-12 years old. The right side includes a large wooden playscape with sections for all age groups, including infant swings. These playgrounds are also not fenced in. This side of the park also features tennis courts, a basketball court, and baseball and soccer fields. A pavilion is available for picnicking, as well, and can be rented out for events.
Mead Memorial Park: This fan-favorite for play, baseball games, nature watching, and family photos offers a shaded and fenced-in toddler playground area, plus a bigger playground, an “upscale” snack bar, and bathroom facilities – plus it’s within walking distance to town.
Dickinson Park: This relatively new playground is a favorite among local moms and offers updated equipment with fun features (hello zip line!). There is also shade and activities for multiple ages and ability levels.
Imagination Station in Ballard Park: This park is located right in downtown Ridgefield,
across the street from Ridgefield Library and steps away from shopping and restaurants. Lots of unique and fun climbing structures for little ones.
Chestnut Hill Park: This spot is in a lovely wooded section of North Stamford right off the Merit Parkway. The playground has a smaller fenced-in toddler playground and a larger, more challenging area for the big kids.
Commons Park: This modern playground is in the Harbor Point development, right next to a large fountain and manicured lawn. Walter’s Hot dog Stand is very close by, and Corbo’s deli across the street for a snack or quick lunch.
Scalzi Park: Scalzi has soccer fields, a water splash pad, and two separate playgrounds, one for preschool kids and another for ages 5 to 12. There is also a great walking path that you can ride bicycles.
Boothe Park: Located in Boothe Memorial Park, this playground boasts a large wheelchair assessable playground with lots of room to run around. There are also two cool rock climbing walls, one for older kids and one for the smaller crew. If you have time check out the Boothe Museum.
Victoria Soto Playground: Located in Long Brook Park, this playground is dedicated to Victoria Soto, who lost her life in the Sandy Hook shooting. Please check out Where Angels Play Foundation to see all the playgrounds constructed in honor of the victims of this tragedy. This playground has lots of room for littles to run around and fairly shaded with trees and covered structures.
Earthplace: This well-loved nature center and conservatory offer a host of fun, educational activities for children and a “secret” non-visible playground in the back. Earthplace also offers free hiking trails designed for little kids to enjoy. The school playground is available when camp or preschool isn’t in session. You can also play inside the nature center, view the interactive exhibits, and see the animal hall. There is a $5 fee for non-members.
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