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Best Playgrounds for Babies and Toddlers in St. Louis, MO (USA)
Saint Louis, Missouri (USA) is a great place to raise kids! It’s consistently ranked on top lists of cities across the country for raising a family and for kids activities (see 2011 report on the parenting.com website). There are many great activities and things to do for older kids, but the resources available for finding activities for babies and toddlers is limited.
Here, I give a list of the best outdoor playgrounds for babies and toddlers in the Saint Louis metropolitan region. As those of you with toddlers know, the playgrounds with the rubberized ground are best to avoid babies putting wood chips and dirt in their mouths, and to keep them from too many scrapes and bruises. So, each of these playgrounds has that essential feature. There are many other great parks in the area without these (the playground in Tower Grove Park alongside the splash pool, for example, is great). For a listing of lots of the parks and playgrounds in the area, see the County Park website; there are so many great things to do in and around the area!
- Tilles Park, Ladue, Missouri. This playground gets the top spot on the list because it has everything a baby/toddler park needs. Rubberized ground, spray-playground, lots of great slides, swings, and things to climb on. There’s even a second smaller playground in the park a bit further if the big one up front is too crowded or intimidating for your little one.
- Shaw Park, Clayton, Missouri. This playground even has a separate area specifically for the smaller toddlers, along with rubberized ground and a spray fountain. Good proximity to Saint Louis and the suburbs (and lots of great coffee shops and restaurants).
- Millennium Park, Creve Coeur, Missouri. Another great park with rubberized ground, great things to play on/with, and a spray ground. The only reason it’s further down the list is that it’s a bit further out and not as central to the city. If you live out that way, it’s great!
- Forest Park/Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri (called Hudlin Park). This is a hidden gem. Just south of the Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University complex. A nice playground with rubberized ground and fun activities, swings, slides, and great things to climb on.