Whether we like to admit it or not, we are living in a technology-crazed world. I knew I was in trouble when my not-even 2 year old learned how to scroll through Facebook on my iPhone! The good news is that we reside in an area where we can take kids to do many cool things that don’t involve media, including going to a local playground. Not only is it a great way for kids to burn off energy, but they’re also free, and there’s bound to be one near you. Check out our list of seven cool playgrounds located in and around the Capital Region.
Open from April to October, dawn to dusk, this giant wooden playground is a staple of Clifton Common, located in the heart of Clifton Park. There are several climbing structures and swings, as well as areas appropriate for younger children who can’t quite navigate the bigger obstacles yet. This playground is pretty expansive, so you’ll want to keep a close eye on your little ones.
If you happen to visit on a Wednesday or Sunday evening during the summer, make your way over to the outdoor stage for a free, family-friendly concert.
This playground boasts an enormous structure, perfect for your adventurers! However, there is also equipment suitable for younger children who may not be ready for heights just yet. Indian Meadows also has a restroom nearby, as well as fitness trails to combine a few cool outing ideas into one.
Cook Park has a special spot on our list because it features something that other playgrounds don’t have! Run by the Town of Colonie, Cook Park employs staff to be on hand from 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 – 3:45 p.m. to keep kids fully entertained. Arts and crafts are also available for a nominal fee. This park is especially good for toddlers, as it is enclosed and offers them many structures to choose from.
This is a great spot for younger children to climb and play. A pavilion with restrooms is available during the spring and summer months, in addition to softball fields and a basketball court. If you take a short walk through the woods, you’ll arrive at Rosendale Elementary School, which has a fantastic playground for younger and older children alike.
Butler Park is a pretty unique place, with structures that you won’t see at other local parks. Featuring a futuristic theme, it’s definitely geared more toward younger kids, but there is some equipment that would appeal to older children, such as a fire truck, several swings, and monkey bars. The area is nicely shaded and hiking trails are also available. The playground is located just past Averill Park High School, so if you don’t live nearby, consider making a day out of it and include a trip to Grafton Lakes State Park or Snyder’s Lake.
This park is beautiful and is more or less centrally located within the Capital Region, making it easily accessible to many. Open 8 a.m. to dusk, the fun doesn’t stop at the playground. The Crossings also offers walking trails, a pond for fishing in the summer and ice-skating in the winter, and is the perfect place to bring a picnic lunch.
Another fantastic wooden playground to bookend our list, this one is geared more toward older kids, but younger children can still enjoy it, too. There are also some swings and plenty of benches around for parents and guardians.
As the summer days wind down, make a plan to visit one or all of these awesome playgrounds. Be sure to tell us about your adventure in the comments section below! If we missed one of your favorite places, we’d like to know about it.