The new playground at Prairie Path Park in Batavia features a very popular gravity rail along with lots of slides and unique climbing features. It is located near Rotolo Middle School.
It would be hard to find an area park that offers more than Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles: Two playgrounds, an outdoor pool, a miniature golf course, native plant garden, paddlewheel riverboat cruises and so much more!
Visiting a park for a picnic is one of the simple pleasures of summer. But shade and bathrooms are key. So Go West readers recommend these parks that offer both!
The latest in our “Great Parks!” series is a spot in that makes for a perfect break for the kids when you are running errands along Randall Road in Geneva or Batavia.
The latest in our “Great Parks!” series offers a combination of much and rubber safety surface, and it has a number of great climbing opportunities for confident kids.
Seven Gables Park in Wheaton offers a rubber cushion surface, great climbing opportunities for kids and more than 1.5 miles in paved walking/biking paths.
The latest in our “Great Parks!” series is the Vaughn Athletic Center Park in Aurora. With its cushiony rubber surface, it’s a great choice for muddy spring days.
Hawks Hollow, which just opened in the fall of 2013 in Geneva, is designed to engage children in environmental learning. It features a child-sized bird nest and beaver lodge, log beam balance course, mud wall canvas, a wood stage, log seating, musical instruments, a pulley system and optic scopes for bird-watching.
Island Park in Geneva, Ill., is a wonderful spot for families looking to fish, picnic, play or take a bike ride or stroll along the Fox River. An old playground was replaced in the summer of 2012 while work was also being done to replace the northern footbridge onto the island. The new playground is rated for children ages 5-12, and it does have one high drop-off point. It features a couple of slides, numerous climbing opportunities and a rope structure strung between two sections of the playground. There isn’t a toddler playground, but there are toddler swings and a play “rowboat” for younger kids. This is also a great park if your kid loves trains, since either Metra or freight trains cross the railroad bridge quite often.
Cantigny has a military museum, formal gardens and a golf course. It also regularly hosts all sorts of special events and classes, many that appeal to families, such as concerts, an Easter egg hunt, outdoor movies, an Independence Day celebration and more. It also has a playground and tanks that Chicago-area children have been climbing on for generations. However you categorize it, Cantigny is a gem in Chicago’s western suburbs.