People around the globe celebrate playgrounds because they positively impact school-aged children’s lives. We want to take the time to recognize a few playgrounds that not only benefit kids, but also challenge traditional design and provide unique experiences for children outside of school.
Below, we list what we believe to be eight of the coolest playgrounds around the world:
1. Belleville Park (Parc de Belleville)
American architecture firm BASE constructed Belleville Park from concrete and wood, forming an abstract structure that simultaneously resembles a flying carpet, a medieval fortress, and a pirate ship. Kids who enjoy climbing are sure to love this playground. Plus, if you reach the top of the park’s climbing wall, you can see the Eiffel Tower.
2. Bicentennial Children’s Park (Parque Bicentenario)
Elemental, a well-known Chilean architecture firm, built the Bicentennial Children’s Park into a steep hillside. To take full advantage of the terrain, the architects built small forts and seemingly countless slides, and they even created a water feature from concrete orbs. Any kid will be in awe of this park!
3. Zip World Bounce Below
Created by Zip World in 2014, Bounce Below is an underground playground that boasts fun for adventurous kids of all ages. The playground is located in what was once a mine in the Llechwedd slate caverns, but which now features bouncy netting and industrial slides. Bounce Below is the first facility of its kind, and it has already attracted scores of trampoline lovers.
4. Clemyjontri Park
Clemyjontri Park is an inclusive playground designed for children of all abilities. The two-acre playground is divided into four rooms, each of which offers a variety of play structures. Popular structures include a fully-accessible carousel, lowered monkey bars, and the Liberty Swing, a swing that accommodates wheelchairs. The park also features signage in braille.
5. City Museum MonstroCity
Location: 750 North 16th Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA [Google Maps]
Aptly named, MonstroCity is a 60,000-square-foot paradise for both children and adults. Located at City Museum, the interactive playground is known for its four-story climbing towers and massive ball pits. It also incorporates repurposed objects such as airplanes into the whole experience. If you’re searching for an attraction the entire family will enjoy, visit MonstroCity.
6. Nishi-Rokugō Park
Nishi-Rokugō Park effortlessly marries traditional playground equipment such as jungle gyms and slides with structures made from reclaimed materials. In fact, over 3,000 tires of various sizes make up this playground’s bridges, sculptures, and tunnels. The park is best known for its enormous Godzilla, robot, and spaceship sculptures.
7. Parque Gulliver
Parque Gulliver opened in 1990, and to this day, it continues to draw crowds. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels, the playground is essentially a giant Gulliver sculpture. Visiting children, acting as Lilliputians, can play on his body, climbing up his legs and sliding down his hair.
8. St. Kilda Adventure Playground
St. Kilda is a favorite playground for families in South Australia. From numerous slides to a flying fox (or zip line), the award-winning park offers plenty of activities. The park is even home to an old pirate ship. Plus, families can see the ocean from the park and enjoy its relaxing breeze. (Check out our ultimate guide of over 100 facts about Australia while you’re thinking about it, as well!)
Well, there you have it, the 8 coolest playgrounds around the world, sure to help impact the lives of children everywhere. Do you have an amazing, unique playground that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for reading!