Playgrounds are a great place for little ones to burn off that excessive energy, get some exercise and fresh air, and of course for the family to spend quality time together. Toddlers (say, five and under) love playgrounds just as much as older children, but they can be stressful places for parents, who have to keep an eye out for danger traps such as tall ledges, fireman poles, and quickly moving swings.
But that doesn’t mean you should avoid a playground with your little outdoor enthusiast. If you have younger children, check out our guide to Cincinnati’s Top Tot Lots and Toddler Playgrounds that will ease your mind and entertain your kids!
Symmes Township Park (pictured)
11600 Lebanon Road, Symmes Township, OH 45140
This newly revamped park is the epitome of little kid friendly. Bright colors, low-to-the-ground structures and soft, green turf give even the tiniest cruisers lots of options at this new playground.
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
Summit Park is another mulch-free gem that offers so much for young children. A good portion of the playground is dedicated solely to little ones and their little imaginations can run wild, along with their feet, at this innovative play space. It also has restrooms and picnic spots, and if they still need to run after time on the playground, there are open fields and walking paths for that, too! For more on this incredible park, visit here.
West Fork Park
4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247
We’ve raved about this new playground recently here, and it is definitely ideal for little ones. There is a section dedicated just to toddlers and even babies, but other areas are great for them, too. The colorful maze is entertaining, but easy to see inside, and there is zero mulch for eating and throwing (or is that just my kids?). There is also a nice restroom if you are in the middle of potty training, and a shelter for picnics.
Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens
10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, OH 45215
This magical garden may not be a typical playground, but it is perfect for toddlers! Playing here is like stepping inside a fairy tale and young children will especially love the magical features like a fairy garden, outdoor train, and swinging bridges. You’ll definitely want to visit this park while your children are still young and you can get more information here.
Land of Make Believe at Lunken Airport
4740 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Toddlers love playgrounds and they love planes, so why not take them to a playground that’s at an airport? Land of Make Believe is a fenced-in (they can’t escape!), mostly shaded playground with plenty of equipment for all ages. There are multiple swings for little ones and an area just for them. To see more of what this park offers, check this out!
Parky’s Pirate Cove Wet Playground at Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison, OH 45030
Miami Whitewater Forest is the largest park within Great Parks of Hamilton County and has so much to offer a family with toddlers. On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than splashing around at Pirate’s Cove. There’s a little slide, tons of sprayers, and many other features ideal for little ones. It’s also fenced-in and offers shade with large umbrellas. Adjacent to the wet playground is a traditional one that also has a section for toddlers. And if you need even more to do, rent a toddler-friendly bike from the boathouse and hit up the paved trail. Check out more information on Pirate Cove here.
The Red Balloon Café + Play
6200 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, OH 45213
If it’s raining or just gets too hot and humid to be outside, then your first stop with toddlers should be The Red Balloon. This is perhaps the ultimate indoor play space for toddlers, as every single activity is perfect for them. They can build, do art, climb, slide, play, be creative, and everything else we want our little ones experiencing. You can also grab a healthy meal while you’re here! To learn more, visit here.
These seven playgrounds are the perfect spots for toddlers to run, play, and explore. If you’re looking for a place that has your little one’s needs in mind, check these out and be sure to report back and let us know what you thought!