While we couldn’t do a lot of things in 2020 (or 2021), we discovered a lot of new parks and playgrounds.
When it comes to finding a toddler-friendly playground, we often feel like Goldilocks (minus the B&E). We quickly learned that not every playground has toddler swings, equipment that isn’t sky high, or burning hot slides.
Here are the Chester County toddler-friendly playgrounds and parks that felt just right:
Features: Pavilion, picnic tables, shaded trails, playground
If it is an instrument, my toddler will play it. That’s one reason to love this park, it has life-size drums, a chime, and organ to play. After your musical morning, enjoy a snack in the pavilion, play on the playground, or a stroll through the woods.
101 Spring Ln, West Chester, PA 19380
.East Bradford Park
Features: Stroller-friendly trails, picnic area, a big and toddler playground, giant fields, amphitheater, sandbox, athletic fields and courts
Even though this hidden gem offers 25 acres of play, we often have the entire park all to ourselves.
835 Kenmara Drive, West Chester, PA 19380
Kathy McBratnie Park
Features: Basketball court, open play area, picnic tables, playground
This park offers the best of both worlds – it’s big enough to entertain the kiddos, and small enough to offer parents a rare chance to sit (maybe).
300 W. Nields St., West Chester, PA 19380
Features: Skate park, trails, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a baseball field.
Shade and stroller-friendly trails, check. A massive, all abilities playground, check. Walking distance to coffee, check. Water access, check. Sky’s the Limit is the first public playground built in Chester County that meets the ADA guidelines for 100 percent accessibility.
When you need a break from the elements, pop into the Downingtown Library to get lost in a book or play in their toy room.
1 Park Ln, Downingtown, PA 19335
Media Tot Lot
This fenced-in, shaded park with a rubber ground is small enough to keep parents feeling comfortable, while there are enough toddler-safe places to climb, swing, and bounce for a big afternoon of fun.
73 E 3rd St Media, PA 19063
Features: Picnic area, baseball field, tennis courts, a basketball court, skating rink, horseshoe pits, bocce ball courts, volleyball courts, and a toddler and big kid playground.
1645 Shadyside Road, West Chester, PA 19380
Shaw Bridge Park
Swimming and summer go hand in hand (or hand in creek). This 37-acre park offers plenty of access to the creek and its “beach”. It is a bit of a hike to the creek, so bring a stroller or cart.
274 S Creek Rd, West Chester, PA 19382