Child's play

Top 5 parks for kids

By Laura Roddy

It's true that it doesn't take much to entertain children outdoors some swings, a patch of sand, water. But Splurge! has selected five playgrounds that are worth the trek whether you live east, west, north or south.

1. Sedgwick County Park The Sunrise Boundless Playscape meaning accessible to kids and parents with and without disabilities is nearly always packed, but it is worth it. The playground is most easily accessible from the north entrance to Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st Street. Ramps are handy for wheelchairs or strollers. There are separate areas for bigger kids and toddlers, a sand pit and sand tables, water misters and water tables, a playhouse and, of course, swings. Except for the sand area, the turf is a solid surface rubber even terrain (as opposed to sand, gravel or wood chips) with enough bounce to cushion a fall.

2. Dr. Glen Day Park (formerly called Grove Park) The playground equipment here is what makes this a true gem. Be sure to enter off Hillside just north of 27th Street. Unfortunately, this playground is often deserted, so it is best to gather a group of friends to maximize the fun. What makes it charming is the execution of the Kansas prairie theme, the perfect place for imaginations to run wild. A silver two-story "silo" houses a couple of slides. Kids can climb in a chuck wagon or hang out in a faux Native American sand lodge. There is also a large buffalo that doubles as a slide. Additionally, the jungle gym is top-notch.

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