8 playgrounds perfect for kids of different ages

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8 playgrounds for multiple ages

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1. BWI Trail playground at the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area, Glen Burnie

This playground was just completely replaced. Although there is just one structure, the playground packs in a lot of fun with a big rock-climbing wall, challenging vertical bars to climb, tree stumps for toddlers to jump across and a little window to play store. Rubber tire chips make for a soft landing. Plus, it has the added value of airplanes taking off or landing just overhead every few minutes — making for an unforgettable playground experience for the whole family. Portable potties are nearby.
1911 Dorsey Road

2. Meadowbrook Park playground, Ellicott City

A large structure full of ramps, tubes, slides, rock walls and monkey bars, this playground is tempting for just about any child. Kids can even hang onto a bar and glide a few feet. Nearby there is a smaller-scale tot lot, which can be great for the younger set while the big kids run rampant. The structures are big enough for even parents to climb and follow behind.
Bathrooms, benches and water fountains are on site. Keep in mind this playground can be tough if little kids want to play on the big structure. If it is crowded, young ones can quickly become lost in the different levels of equipment.
5001 Meadowbrook Lane


playground Hallowing Point 2

3. Hallowing Point Park playground, Prince Frederick

This new playground is amazing for kids of all ages. Older kids will appreciate 30-foot-high tube slides, rope pyramids, rope bridges, climbing structures and even a spinner that kids can push and jump on for a ride. For the tots there is a separate structure shaped like a boat with slides, bridges and baby swings all on a soft rubber surface. Gigantic umbrellas and other built-in features provide shade. Bathrooms and picnic areas are nearby.
4755 Hollowing Point Road

4. North Laurel Community Center

Lots of fenced-in room to run makes this playground a favorite for many families. There are two large climbing structures with a variety of features plus a swing set, so parents can push one child on the swing while keeping an eye on the others. One of the swings is accessible for kids with disabilities. Bathrooms are in the community center nearby.
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road


Playground Fairwood

5. Orchard Imagination Playground at Fairwood Park, Bowie

In addition to whizzing down tube slides and climbing across netting structures high off the ground, Fairwood Park offers something new in the world of playgrounds: a NEOS gaming system. The electronic structure gets kids of all ages (and maybe even adults) to leap between various game towers and hit buttons in specific ways. Bathrooms and picnic tables are close.
12390 Fairwood Parkway

6. Blandair Park, Columbia

Two big play structures at Blandair challenge kids of all ages, including suspended triangular boards to climb through. Older kids can climb across monkey bars, up a big rock wall and down a big slide, while tots enjoy their own version of the same features. Swings (including one for those with disabilities) are also on site for those who need a break from climbing. Portable bathrooms are available.
5750 Oakland Mills Road


playground Mowbray

7. Mowbray Park playground, Stevensville

Older kids will love the climbing features, younger kids will appreciate all the ramps to run on, and parents keeping an eye on them will like the fact that it is all fenced in. There are also trees that provide shade, picnic tables, and bathrooms that are close by.
629 Romancoke Road

8. Dunkirk District Park playground, Dunkirk

This playground is great for kids of all ages and has everything from toddler-sized slides and baby swings to climbing walls and even and zipline type thing a big spinner, that kids can push and jump on for a ride. You can even bring your teenagers along since there is a skate park on the premises. Picnic pavilions and bathrooms are nearby.
10750 Southern Maryland Blvd.

by Karen Stysley

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