Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to get outside! Interested in exploring some of the area parks? As a follow-up from our Toddler Activities and Classes article, we asked our Facebook followers to tell us their favorite toddler-friendly parks. Here is what you recommended to other parents:
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TODDLER FRIENDLY AREA PARKS
1. Central Park
7800 Shaver Rd, Portage, MI 49024
Did you know Portage has their very own “Central Park?” Located directly behind the Portage Police Department, you will find multiple climbing structures, monkey bars, slides and two regular swings. Your little one can also pretend to be a firefighter while sliding down the poles on the playground equipment.
(Harbors West Park)
2. Harbors West Park
3458 Summersong Path, Portage, MI 49024
Harbors West Park is a great find, located in a residential area in northwest Portage. Playground equipment includes one infant swing, monkey bars, regular swings, various sizes of slides, bridge and even a volleyball court which doubles as a giant sandbox for your little one. There are also paved walking trails, so be sure to bring your stroller and bikes.
3. Lakeview Park
9345 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002
Lakeview Park sits on beautiful Austin Lake off Portage Road. With multiple playgrounds, two infant swings, regular swings, pavilions, piers and walking trails for strollers, you and your kids will surely enjoy a visit. Don’t forget to bring duck food in case you spot any ducks in the water.
(Oshtemo Park-photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher photography)
4. Oshtemo Park
7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Oshtemo Township Park is a beautiful park located behind Oshtemo Township Hall. There are two separate play areas that feature various playground structures including two infant swings, two toddler swings, bouncers, net climbing area and basketball court. Pack a picnic to enjoy under their covered pavilion located near the playground.
(River Oaks playground and splash pad)
5. River Oaks
9202 East Michigan Avenue (M-96), Galesburg, MI 49053
On those unbearably hot summer days, check out River Oaks Park. River Oaks, located in Galesburg, features a popular splash pad. The splash pad has water spray structures designed just for the toddler age group. There is also a playground near the splash pad for those that would prefer to stay dry. Cost to enter the park is $5 per vehicle, per day. You can inquire about group rentals by calling the Parks Office at (269) 383-8778. The Splash Pad is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
6. Ramona Park
8600 South Sprinkle Road, Portage, MI 49002
Whether you want to go to the beach, or just enjoy the playgrounds, Ramona Park has you covered. The park has access to Long Lake Beach, where a lifeguard is always on duty beginning May 23. The park itself hosts two playgrounds with regular swings, special infant/toddler swings, slides, rocker and many other fun options. There is a daily admission rate of $5 a vehicle for Portage residents during the beach months. Click here for hours and additional pricing.
7. Schrier Park
850 West Osterhout Avenue, Portage, MI 49024
In the mood for a nice quiet park, away from all the hustle? Check out Schrier Park in south Portage. There is one play set, the perfect height for toddlers, which includes four slides, bridge, multiple small climbing structures, and a swing set with one regular swing and one infant swing. There is also a nice open space, perfect for flying a kite.
8. Upjohn Park
Corner of Lake and Walter Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Upjohn Park in Downtown Kalamazoo features the outdoor Kik swimming pool which is open from June to August. The park also features fun activities for toddlers including playground equipment featuring a mini rock-climbing wall, baby swings, ladder and see-saw. The Kik Swimming Pool opens on June 13, with free admission on opening day. Click here for hours and pricing for the rest of the season.
(Chancy Lewis Park-photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography)
9. Chancy Lewis Park
520 S. Main St. (M-40), Lawron, MI
Chancy Lewis Park in Lawton (aka Kid’s Dream Park). It is a beautifully shaded playground, made of wood. It has an area specifically designated for toddlers and two picnic areas. It is conveniently located off M-40. Hours are 7:00 am to dusk
Did we miss your favorite Toddler Park? Please let us know if there is an additional one that you and your family enjoy, so we can add it to the list.