Best Playgrounds in Vancouver

Best Playgrounds in Vancouver - SavvyMom

There’s nothing more fun for kids than hitting up a playground with their besties – from pirate ships to giant climbing structures to in-ground trampolines, the sky is literally the limit. Metro Vancouver boasts some of the best playgrounds that are well worth the drive. Pack up the snacks and grab a coffee enroute, here is a sampling of some of our best playgrounds in Vancouver.

Best Playgrounds in Vancouver

Charleson Park Playground

Kids will be saying “aye matey” when they venture to the Charleson Park Playground in Vancouver. Featuring a large wooden pirate ship play structure complete with climbing nets, a slide, and more, Charleson Park also has a play kitchen, swings, embankment slide, and quite possibly the coolest feature – two in-ground trampolines. It’s also a lovely spot for a post- playground picnic with views overlooking False Creek.

John Lawson Park Playground

Head over to the North Shore to check out John Lawson Park in West Vancouver. There you’ll find an epic playground featuring an array of awesome play structures (the train is always a hit with littles). There’s also a pirate ship overlooking the beach, plus, a splash pad that makes for the perfect midday cooldown. With such an incredible view of the Lions Gate Bridge and the city, this is one playground in Vancouver that parents will enjoy almost as much as their kids.

Creekside Park Playground

If you’re planning a trip to Science World, make sure to allow enough time for a play at Creekside Park. The playground has a huge tube slide, climbing tower, swings – and a 22-metre long zipline. It also features blue and yellow rubberized surface throughout, making hard landings a little softer.

Bonus: plenty of trees provide shade during bench breaks. On second thought – this playground may warrant a visit on its own merits.

Slidey Slides

Hastings Park in Vancouver is home to Slidey Slides – a perfectly named playground for lots of outdoor fun. Slidey Slides features – you guessed it – slides, as well as play structures, swings, sand pits, and more. Plus, you’ll also find outdoor table tennis tables, sport courts, and outdoor parkour equipment. It’s a convenient spot to visit if you’re heading to the PNE during the summer, keep in mind that parking can be a challenge.

Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment

Spend an afternoon at Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond and you won’t be disappointed. The conscientiously designed playground pays homage to its spectacular environment, using sustainable and local materials throughout. There are two zones: the Paddock (ziplines, swings, twisting hillside slide, meadow maze) and the Homestead (‘Tree House’ with four platforms, aerial rope walkway, log jam climbing structure). This is one playground not to be missed!

Rainbow Park

So, you’ve taken the kids downtown for the day only to realize after a few hours that they desperately need to burn off some energy – that’s when you check out Rainbow Park (sθәqәlxenәm ts'exwts'áxwi7). Located at the intersection of Smithe and Richards streets, the playground has slides, swings, two in-ground trampolines, play structures, water features, and more. The playground is a huge hit with locals and tourists alike – call it a kids’ oasis within an urban jungle.


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