With Dallas-Fort Worth’s long list of playgrounds, it can be difficult to find play structures tailored to your really little ones. Here are some of DFW’s best baby-and-toddler playgrounds—with everything from bug-theme play features to an adventure wonderland. If you visit, remember to social distance, avoid large groups and follow all COVID-related guidelines.
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.
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.
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 … there’s something for everyone in the family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Addison.