Andrew Haydon Park
3127 Carling Ave., Ottawa
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! Awesome for sand toys and for the younger kids.
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. Don't forget a change of clothes - the water park aspect is too fun to pass up!
Parents can 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.
100 Brewer Way, Ottawa
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 a good size with lots of grassy areas for parents to lounge and picnic, trees to shield from the peak sun hours, and several playground areas with climbers and activities that are suitable for kids of all ages.
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.
150 Pennant Ave., Ottawa
Regatta Park is a low key park 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. The splash pad is always a hit so be sure to pack a swim suit or a change of clothes!
Westboro Kiwanis Park
411 Dovercourt Ave., Ottawa
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 fun play.
The playground also has a great wading pool that is decorated with a new theme every year that is always a hit so be sure to bring a swimsuit or change of clothes.
There are plenty of benches for parents to relax on while supervising, lots of grass for the kids to run around on and huge trees that create perfect snack time spots under the shade. 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
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 a new challenge and some extra exercise. The park is conveniently located close to Lansdowne's pedestrian-friendly street where the whole family can stop for some great lunch good music at places like Local Public Eatery and South St. Burger Company.
Millennium Sports Park
100 Millennium Blvd., Orleans
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 going to have a blast. They will love sliding, climbing, and playing pirate games. Don't miss the giant tube slide - always big hit!
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.