Is your go-to playground getting a little stale? Parks and playgrounds offer opportunities for unlimited fun. They're usually totally free outings and not only do they stimulate the imagination, they offer a place to burn energy and teach kids how to play together. If you're looking for new playgrounds to take your kids or meet up with other families, we've got you covered. Here are a dozen awesome Oklahoma City metro playgrounds that are sure to get your kids excited all over again for a trip to the park.
A perfect playdate spot in Yukon isFreedom Trail Playground (2101 S. Holly Ave., Yukon). The play place features a special toddler play area andan entertaining dinosaur dig that's sure to interest all ages.
On especially hot days, nothing beats the waterfall play area at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl.). The zoo offers a few play areas for kids, but their new waterfall feature offers an opportunity to take a break and get your feet wet.
Moore's Veterans Memorial Park (1900 S.E. 4th St., Moore) is a great gathering spot if you're bored with your standard play place. The entire park is outfitted in a military theme complete with play structures like a fighter jet and Army Jeep. A nearby pavilion is a great place to cool off and enjoy some shade and a lengthy walking trail offers a great opportunity for exercise.
While many don't think of Martin Park Nature Center(5000 W. Memorial Rd.)as a good playdate spot, it's actually ideal. Not only do they have easy walking paths for all ages, but visiting this park makes you feel like you've traveled far from the city's center. They have an impressive education center that allows for a break from the outdoor elements. Kids can learn about local wildlife and even enjoy regularly hosted special events, most of which are totally free.
Many people don't realize Norman's First Baptist Church playground(211 W. Comanche St., Norman) is open to the publicfrom dawn to dusk daily with just a few chunks of time reserved only for church activities. This impressive play structure offers plenty of shade and activities for all ages. There's a special area for tiny walkers 2 to 5 years old and a different area for big kids. The park is fenced and featuresfake grass instead of wood chips.
Another great park for all ages isDolese Youth Park (5105 N.W. 50th) because it's spacious and offers plenty of activities. In addition to two miles of walking paths, it hasa fishing pond and disc golf course.
Andrews Park (201 W. Daws St., Norman)is another perfect playground for kids of all ages. Among the two play areas, open spaces, splash pad and basketball courts, there's something for the whole family.
If you want a playground you know for sure your kids will find thrilling, Parmele Park(1308 N. JanewayAve.)is a great pick. Local kids voted on the exciting forest theme of this park. The adjoining splash pad allows parents to easily keep an eye on kids playing in the water and on the playground.
Looking for a combination of kid-approved playground and nature trails for walking? Head to Pat Murphy Park (4500 W. Hefner Rd.). There's a fun playground there and it's located adjacent to Bluff Creek Park (4551 W. Hefner Rd.), where nature trails for walking and running abound.
To get the most out of a single park outing, head out to Edmond's Whispering Heights Park (Grandview Terrace & Meadow Ln., Edmond) where you'll find pavilions and a playground adjacent to another great park, Bickham-Rudkin Park (E. 33rd St. & Rankin Terrace). Bickham-Rudkin offers a playground, dog park and a scenic fishing pond.
Reaves Park (E. Constitution St. & S. Jenkins Ave., Norman) is a prime meet-up if you're planning a picnic playdate. Plenty of shaded picnic tables provide places to eat and there is expansive green space and two separate play areas for entertainment. An elaborate wooden playground keeps kids of all ages entertained.
Little River Park (700 S.W. 4th St., Moore)is a great place to explore nature and enjoy offbeat play at the same time. The park offers a nature walking trail and two ponds as well as two pirate themed play areas and a large splash pad.