If you want to plan a day trip your kids will love, head to a playground. The Vancouver area boasts lots of amazing play structures with slides, swings, ziplines, and even pirate ships. Check out our list of destination playgrounds around Vancouver that are worth a visit.
Creekside Park, Vancouver
Located next to Science World, this playground has a giant climbing tower, a huge slide, a music station, and a zipline. There are lots of shade trees, a big lawn, and benches for parents.
Location: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Charleson Park, Vancouver
The newly reopened Charleson Park Playground has a wooden pirate ship play structure, an in-ground trampoline, a pretend kitchen, and lots more. Parents will like the views of False Creek.
Location: 999 Charleson Street, Vancouver
Slidey Slides at Hastings Park, Vancouver
If your kids love slides, head to Slidey Slides at Hastings Park. Named by local kids, the park lives up to its name with two big slides. It also has play structures, a sandbox, and a bike park.
Location: 3311 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
John Lawson Park, West Vancouver
Located right on the beach, this playground has an incredible view of Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The playground has a pirate ship-themed play structure and a splash pad to cool down on hot days.
Location: 17th Street, West Vancouver
Garden City Park, Richmond
This huge park has a nature focus, with an arboretum that features dozens of tree species. But for kids, the main attraction is the showstopper playground. It has a huge crow’s next climbing structure, a twisty metal slide, and big saucer-shaped swings. The interactive water feature is lots of fun too.
Location: 6620 Garden City Road, Richmond
Terra Nova Park, Richmond
This huge and popular playground has two zones. The Paddock zone has two ziplines, big swings, a hillside slide, and a meadow maze. The nearby Homestead zone has a huge 10-metre-high tree house with a rope ladder and slide, an aerial rope walkway, and a timber climbing structure.
Location: 2340 River Road, Richmond
Sapperton Park, New Westminster
If your kids love adventure playgrounds, head to New Westminster’s Sapperton Park. It has huge play structures made of logs and ropes. There’s a small spray park here too. Parents will love lounging in the red Muskoka chairs.
Location: 351 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Queenston Park, Coquitlam
This unique playground is set into a hill. Kids will love climbing the cargo net and rope ladder uphill, then using the slide to go downhill. There are also two play structures, including one for toddlers. The park also has a basketball court and a grassy area.
Location: 3415 Queenston Avenue, Coquitlam
Como Lake Park, Coquitlam
While this playground has plenty of opportunities for climbing and swinging, it’s also a great spot for imaginative play. Kids will love the boat dock and fish in the pretend water section. There’s a music station too. The playground is just one aspect of huge Como Lake Park which also has a lake and lots of walking trails.
Location: 700 Gatensbury Street, Coquitlam
Penzer Park, Langley
If your kids need to burn off some energy, head to Langley’s Penzer Park. It has one of Canada’s largest outdoor parkour facilities. A huge collection of wooden structures allow for endless climbing and jumping, best for bigger kids and adults. There’s also a smaller parkour zone with woodchips and faux rocks that’s great for little ones.
Location: 198C Street, Langley