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South Lakes Park and playground in Denton, photo courtesy of Sydni Ellis

11 Playgrounds We Love for Babies and Toddlers

For your crawlers, climbers and sliders

With Dallas-Fort Worth’s long list of playgrounds (indoor and outdoor), it can be difficult to find play structures tailored to your really little ones. Here are some of DFW’s best playgrounds for babies and toddlers—with everything from bug-theme play features to an adventure wonderland.

Adventure World Playground // North Richland Hills

Location: 7451 Starnes Road; park in the lot off Starnes
Why it’s great: Adventure World Playground definitely lives up to its name, offering more than just swings and slides. Kids will be transported to their own clubhouse in the woods, with tree log slides, mushroom tables, tree stump stairs, a climbing boulder and a (faux) raccoon peeking out at you. With so much to climb, crawl and explore, your littles won’t want to leave.
Good to know: This park is located within Cross Timbers Park, which has its own baseball fields, walking trail and picnic spots. If you have bigger kids, there’s a playground for them too—but it’s just far enough away to make it difficult for moms to have their eyes on both structures. Learn more at nrhtx.com.

Birmingham Farms Park // Wylie

Location: 725 Odenville Drive, at the corner of Odenville Drive and Bessemer Road
Why it’s great: Although this may seem like a small neighborhood park, the distinct, partially-shaded playsets are spacious enough to entertain your littles as well as older siblings. On the baby playground, there are four slides—including a double racing slide—a built-in matching game and two steering wheels on top so kids can pretend to drive.
Good to know: Benches and a small walking trail surround the park. There are no bathrooms. Learn more at wylietexas.gov.

Carey Cox Memorial Park // McKinney

Location: 1611 N. Stonebridge Drive; a small parking lot can be found next to the park’s administration office.
Why it’s great: Two play areas—one for the younger set and another for older children— are connected by a covered pavilion and all-ages swing set. Tots and preschoolers can enjoy small slides and spring-loaded rides, while big brothers and sisters can climb walls and boulders or play in the open field. There are no big kid slides.
Good to know: There are no changing tables in the public restrooms located in the nearby administration building, which is open Monday through Friday, 8am–5pm. Learn more at mckinneytexas.org.

Coffee Park // University Park

Location: 3400 Northwest Parkway near Hillcrest Avenue; parallel parking is available along Villanova Street and Turtle Creek Boulevard.
Why it’s great: Kiddos ages 2–5 will enjoy their own petite playset, decked out with a little slide and climbing boulder. The surface of the park is solid rubber, but the covered play structures help keep it from getting too hot in the warmer months. Bigger kiddos will get their energy out on climbing structures, spinning handlebars, slides and more.
Good to know: There are no barriers or fences around the park, so keep a close on your little ones. Portable bathrooms are available. Learn more at uptexas.org.

Coomer Park // Garland

Location: 534 Apollo Road in the Coomer Creek neighborhood; park in the small lot where Willowcrest Drive meets Apollo Road.
Why it’s great: Little ones will exercise their bodies and imaginations in this jungle-themed park. The play structure is on the small side, but it packs a punch with built-in toys, single slide, double racing slide, triple racing slide, swings and climbing wall.
Good to know: Coomer Park has a large open field and a half-mile walking trail. There are no restrooms on-site, though, and only one bench and two picnic tables. Learn more at garlandtx.gov.

Les Lacs Park // Addison

Location: 3901 Beltway Drive; park in adjacent parking lots.
Why it’s great: This bug-themed playground is surely one of the cutest in the North Dallas lineup. It offers swings for tots (as well as for big kids), spring riders, a music play station, monkey bars, a braille educational panel and lots of climbing structures and slides.
Good to know: The Les Lacs Trail circles the playground, so you can take a good afternoon stroll, too. There are plenty of picnic benches and tables but no bathrooms on-site. Learn more at addisontexas.net.

Les Lacs Linear Park, photo credit The Town of Addison
Photo courtesy of The Town of Addison

Kiest Park // Dallas

Location: 3080 S. Hampton Road; the more tot-friendly playground is next to the tennis courts at the north end of the park at Perryton Drive (not visible from the street).
Why it’s great: This playground has three large play structures for all ages and abilities. It’s more than your average swings and slides—your little one will stay busy with a teeter-totter, metal cars, games, drums, bells, tic-tac-toe and much more. At over 250 acres, Kiest Park is one of the largest in Dallas, so bring along a ball and enjoy the open space.
Good to know: This park and surrounding area is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Restrooms are located throughout the site. Learn more at dallasparks.org.

North Park // Southlake

Location: 200 E. Dove Road; the playground is a short walk from the expansive parking lot.
Why it’s great: The woodsy, fenced-in play area has a structure designed specifically for ages 2–5, with rubber padding that’s perfect for crawlers and clumsy kiddos. The playground features several tunnels, ladders and four swings (plus two baby swing seats) and four slides total for each age range. And if you have older kids too, the designated playset for up to age 12 has a hollow tree design with multiple play sections.
Good to know: There’s a restroom facility (with a family restroom) and a partially shaded picnic area for your convenience. Learn more at experiencesouthlaketexas.com.

South Lakes Park // Denton

Location: 556 Hobson Lane; the park entrance is just west of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Why it’s great: The castle-like Eureka 2 playground will keep your children occupied for hours on end. We’re talking educational built-in toys, music stations, spinning toys, an accessible merry-go-round, slides—plus zip lines, a climbing wall and rope bridges if a big brother or sister comes along. The dedicated area for littles features an Old West town, and babies and kids who need extra back support will find a row of swings just for them.
Good to know: Restrooms and water fountains are a short walk from the play area. And there’s much more to enjoy in the 187-acre park: a picnic pavilion, fishing pier, basketball and volleyball courts. Learn more at cityofdenton.com.

Tillery Park // Fort Worth

Location: 2200 Rockridge Terrace, off Forest Park Blvd.; the parking lot is directly in front of the Fort Worth Zoo’s entrance.
Why it’s great: If your tot has endless energy, burn it off at Tillery Park. The separate infants-and-toddlers area features slides, bridges, swings and a merry-go-round. There’s even a small rock-climbing wall for your Spider-kid.
Good to know: There are two grassy areas for your family to spread out and play freely. Benches and trails surround the park, but there is no bathroom or changing area. Learn more at mistletoeheights.org.

Trinity Park // Fort Worth

Location: 2401 University Drive; park along Trinity Park Drive or in small parking lots near the play area.
Why it’s great: The playground intended for tots and preschoolers sports three slides, a tunnel and several panel games to keep them busy. There are also four baby swings and a stegosaurus-shaped mini climbing structure. For older kiddos, a separate, bigger playset offers a merry-go-round and ropes course. Take a break to feed the ducks at the nearby pond.
Good to know: There’s a drinking fountain nearby but no full bathrooms (just portable toilets). For families with kiddos with special needs, Dream Park is located within Trinity Park and designed for all abilities and ages. Learn more at fortworthtexas.gov.

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This article was originally published in February 2021.

Top photo of South Lakes Park courtesy of Sydni Ellis