1. South Glenmore Park
If you’re looking for a full day of outdoor fun, look no further than South Glenmore. Catering to both toddlers and school-aged kids, the playground, which has a squishy rubber floor, is surrounded by trees to block some of the hot sun’s rays. After wearing themselves out on the triple-slide jungle gym, your kids can find a grassy spot to relax or eat lunch, then cool off by running through the upright jets of the splash pad.
90 Ave. & 24 St. SW, Calgary.
2. Renfrew Park Playground
Perfect for little kids—five and younger is best—this elaborate play structure is totally accessible. Equipped with ramps, it boasts four swings (including a handicap-accessible and a toddler swing), a trio of slides, chimes and a gong, and an aviation-themed bouncer. If you’ve got a new walker, the grassy soccer field adjacent to the playground is a great spot to work their little legs.
811 Radford Rd. NE, Calgary
3. Helicopter Playground
Aviation enthusiasts will appreciate this ode to helicopters. Toddlers can waddle over the rubber ground in the little kid-friendly area of the park. Bigger kids can go down the big slide, balance on the teeter-totter, traipse over bouncing saucers and try their luck on the tricky climbing loop, also known as an infinity climber.
27th St, and 6th Ave. NW, Calgary
4. Capitol Hill Dinosaur Playground
Does your kid love dinosaurs? You’ve got to take them to this dino-mite playground. Each of the climbing structures is designed to look like a prehistoric skeleton. A bevy of poles, ladders and apparatuses will pose an exciting challenge for wee archaeologists.
20th Ave. and 15th St. NW, Calgary
5. Kinsmen Zooventure Playground
After the tragic flooding in 2013, the Calgary Zoo has bounced back and is better than ever. After paying a visit to the many animals, mini zoologists can slither down the snake-themed slide, monkey around on the enclosed climbing structures or maneuver their way through fun mazes. There’s even a hulking T. rex in the play yard—watch out! Bright giraffe-like play structures are available for pint-sized adventurers.
General admission, $24.95; children 3-15, $16.95; tots 2 and under get in free.
1300 Zoo Rd. NE., Calgary. 403-232-9300
6. Bridgeland Community Centre Playground
Padded with repurposed tires, this playground offers something for every age group. The preschool section boasts two ramps and a slide, while older kids can run around or hop on a large saucer swing and take a shot at keeping their balance on suspended balance beams. Kids can explore the merry-go-round climber, slide and musical spinning panels that play classic children’s songs when spun. The park’s pièce de résistance is the pyramid-shaped climber. The adjacent grassy field is a great place to kick around a soccer ball or enjoy a picnic. Open year-round.
917 Centre Ave. NE, Calgary. 403-263-5755