Five Columbus Playgrounds for All Ages


Warmer weather has arrived, and we cannot wait to explore around Columbus! One of our favorite activities is to visit playgrounds. However, instead of just the playground equipment, I realize we need to find a park with other activities for my older boys. With this in mind, I created a list of the best Columbus playgrounds for multi-aged children.

Columbus Playgrounds for Multi-Aged Children:

Alum Creek Park North

Alum Creek NorthWesterville Playground

221 West Main Street, Westerville

This park is impressive with a giant sand pit, a webbed climber and playground equipment for all ages. In addition, this park boasts a fun train for kids to climb in and out of, an interactive musical game, a stage, ball fields, and plenty of places for a picnic.

Younger Kids: Sandpit, playground, train, musical structure, restrooms

Older Kids: Climbers, webbed play equipment, stage, field, basketball hoops

What I love about this park: No matter the age, my kids love the challenge of the various climbers and enjoy throwing a ball around. After our afternoon at the park, we explored downtown Westerville and enjoyed some ice cream at Grater’s.

 Perry Park

Perry Park

2300 Collins Drive, Worthington

The 22-acre Perry Park includes three ball diamonds, soccer fields, a shelter house, two playgrounds, drinking fountains, restrooms and picnic tables. This park also has walking paths that connect it to Snouffer Park.

Younger Kids: Specific younger age playground, open fields, woods, restrooms

Older Kids: Older playground, soccer fields, baseball diamond, walking path, woods, ninja course

What I love about this park: This park is ideal for toddlers with a separate playground and bigger equipment for school-age kids. There is also a ninja course away from the playground. When there are no games in session, this park is wonderful for my boys to kick around the soccer ball or play a game of baseball. The woods provide a fun experience for kids to explore nature because what kid doesn’t love sticks? It’s definitely a must park for all age groups!

Glacier Ridge

Glacier RidgeNinja Warrior Course

9801 Hyland Croy Rd, Plain City

This fabulous park is not just a fun place to explore; it is an incredible experience for all ages. This park is a 1,037 acre park that includes playgrounds, trails, a dog park, challenge course, and many walking and biking trails.

Younger Kids: Playground, trails, great for picnics, restrooms

Older Kids: Playground, challenge course, trails

What I love about this park: This park is perfect for multi-aged children. My kids love the different playgrounds. We packed a picnic and spent the day here. The ninja course provided the kids with even more of a challenge, although some parts were too difficult just yet.

Fancyburg Park

playground in Upper Arlington

3375 Kioka Ave, Upper Arlington

Something for everyone! The playground boasts two separate areas that are ideal for toddlers and school-age children. There are woods where you can find children building structures out of sticks. There are shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, ball diamonds, and a seasonal restroom.

Younger Kids: Specific playground, woods, fields, great for picnic, seasonal restroom

Older Kids: Playground, ball diamonds, woods, open fields

What I love about this playground: We have been visiting this playground from the time the kids were just toddlers to now when they are eight. It never gets old. My older twins love the school-age playground and exploring in the woods. My six-year-old loves exploring both sides of the playground. We bring a packed lunch and spend hours here in the spring and summer.

Ro Park

Ro Park

Snapdragon Way, Lewis Center

Be amazed at this fantastic park in Lewis Center. Your older kids will love trying out the tallest slide permitted in Ohio (14 ft!) and all the climbing walls and structures. For younger kids, there is a sand pit with diggers, teeter-totter airplane and smaller play sets. In addition, there is a zipline feature as well as an easy nature trail in the woods.

Younger Kids: Sandpit with diggers, playground, teeter-totter structure, easy walking trail, restrooms on the other side of the trail

Older Kids: One of the tallest slides, zipline, open fields

What I love about this park: Shaded shelter with plenty of tables, great place to bring dogs, lots of things to do for all ages and is the perfect Columbus playground.

Columbus offers many wonderful parks and playgrounds that are convenient for multi-aged children. What are your favorite Columbus playgrounds?

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Melissa Burnett
Melissa Burnett was born in New Jersey but moved to Ohio at the beginning of a school year where she thought her parents forgot her at Kindergarten and spent most of her first day in tears. Since then, she learned to transfer her imagination onto paper and write stories. She taught Title 1 Reading and wrote children’s books before embarking on her journey into parenthood. Melissa is a mother to twin boys and a younger boy who keeps her on her toes. She enjoys Friday stay home movie night with her boys and dreaming up business ideas with her extremely patient and loving husband. When she is not breaking up wrestling matches, Melissa and her husband spend their time working on rental cabins in Hocking Hills. They also enjoy popcorn and coming up with new popcorn flavors. Melissa promises she does not have motherhood figured out, but she does have many funny stories to share and a word of advice “when you go through the car wash with kids…make sure your window lock is on.” Follow her blog: