The Best Playgrounds in Ottawa for Kids

Published Oct 12, 2017

Many kids are happiest when in spaces they know are specially designed for them. Trying to avail all the playing items in the house just isn't enough. Kids treasure outdoor moments where they can enjoy different activities. The joys of letting loose and playing on the slides, swings and monkey bars

Andrew Haydon Park

3127 Carling Ave., Ottawa


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Andrew Haydon Park is located right next to the Ottawa River. This playground is unique because the sand used was brought in right from the beach making the environment extremely fun for kids that love to play with sandboxes. It features wooden apparatus that are enjoyable to climb on. The biggest draw is the DIY splash pad/mud zone. Children flip a switch manually to get a shot of water to travel through a series of canals and water wheels. You will need to bring a change of clothes for this. It also has swings and plenty of room for kids to run. Parents can also take in the incredible views of the park's landscape or explore the beautiful walking trails, artificial ponds and man-made waterfall in the surrounding areas.




Brewer Park

100 Brewer Way, Ottawa


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Another destination topping the list is Brewer Park. It is located across from Carleton University, on the north bank of the Rideau River at Bronson Avenue. The playground is quite sizeable with lots of grassy areas, mature trees, and several playground areas with climbers and activities that are suitable for kids of all ages. Brewer Park attracts children from different parts of the city who come to keep themselves entertained. A favourite for many is the splash pad and climbable fire truck. Older kids will enjoy racing up and down the play structures and zooming down the slides. Parents will love the clean bathroom facilities on site.




Regatta Park

150 Pennant Ave., Ottawa


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Regatta Park is a low key kind of play center located in Half Moon Bay South. It features a splash pad and school-age play structures like swings and natural play elements with climbable logs and boulders. Children will love cooling off in the splash pad during summer or after a busy day of play. In addition to this, kids can enjoy a little spinning experience with the help of the spin cup. All of the equipment are kid-friendly and, with the supervision of a parent or guardian, the little ones can explore and have the best fun they've had in their lives.




Westboro Kiwanis Park

411 Dovercourt Ave., Ottawa


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Formerly known as Cole Park, the beautiful playground is loved for its infinity Mobius climber, swings and a circular monkey bar that towers up and down providing hours of sufficient play. Kids get hands-on lessons in mobility, balance, sight and sounds and other valuable lessons. The playground also has a magnificent wading pool that is decorated with a new theme every year. Parents are advised to bring a change of clothes or bathing suit for their little ones. There are plenty of benches for guardians to sit and supervise, lots of grass for the kids to run around on and huge mature shade trees that create perfect snack time spots. You can grab a quick snack at a full service café or snack machines located nearby.




Lansdowne Park Children's Play Area

1015 Bank St., Ottawa


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This park doubles as a playground and picnic site with lots of play equipment for your child's enjoyment. It features a play structure with a jungle gym featuring swings, slides, skateboard ramps, and basketball courts that are ideal for older kids. The more adventurous kids can check out the massive rope structure that offers challenge, design flexibility and tons of fun. Your children will never run out of events and activities to do in this playground. Parents will love the experience of walking along Lansdowne's pedestrian-friendly street feeling the delicious smells and good music drift from the bustling patios of new restaurants like Local Public Eatery and South St. Burger Company.




Millennium Sports Park

100 Millennium Blvd., Orleans


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Another playground that is designed with a child's dreams in mind is the Millennium Park. With two gigantic play structures, one being a long wooden pirate ship and the other a giant replica of the Parliament Buildings complete with two-story slides, your kids are set to be thoroughly impressed. They will enjoy sliding, climbing, and playing pretend games by imagining they are the captain of the ship. The kids will struggle to get to the top of the massive structure, but when they get there, it sure will be worth the effort as they go down through the curved tube slide.



If you are on the look-out for an outdoor space for your kid to enjoy some fun outdoor activities in Ottawa, be sure to check out the above locations. Every playground represented here is beyond fun and guaranteed to bring out real excitement from your loved ones.

Looking for other cool things to do with your kids in Ottawa? Check out our Events section for free community events & festivals! 

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