Family Fun Best Playgrounds and Play Structures in Southeast Michigan Looking for the best playscapes in southeast Michigan in 2016-17? We've compiled a list of the most expansive play areas and the most colorful play structures to accommodate a family-fun day in the park in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. « Previous Next » Kristy Case • May 19, 2016 Read Comments (2) Tweet Looking for new adventures and bolder structures for your kids to climb and explore outdoors? Impress them with some of these fun playscapes, but also check out the unique activities and details they offer for the entire family to enjoy. Take a look at this list of great jungle gyms and play areas in metro Detroit, the Ann Arbor area and beyond for a day full of adventurous entertainment. Macomb County Eastwood Beach Playground at Stony Creek Metropark Address: 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township Phone: 586-781-4242 Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. April-October, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. November-March Cost: $10/park vehicle entry A climbing geometric dome – featuring a web of thick ropes fastened with sturdy metal clasps at every point – is at the center of this park, which opened in 2012. It also offers a modern spin on old-school playground merry-go-rounds, along with swings, tunnels, slides, climbing walls and a resistance-controlled “elevator” element. There’s a separate spot for toddlers; the main area is geared at ages 5-12. Playground at George George Park Address: 40500 Moravian Road, Clinton Township Phone: 586-286-8000 Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (or dusk) year-round George George Park is a 30-acre community park that was once part of Moravian Golf Course, filled with trees, hills and green fields. In 2008, a man named James George donated the park to the city in honor of his father, George George. Today, a big playscape structure in natural deep green and brown colors offers climbing, swinging, jumping and other features for kids from toddlers to teenagers to enjoy. Playscape at Macomb Corners Park Address: 19449 25 Mile Road, Macomb Township Phone: 586-992-2900 Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round Installed in 2004, this 94-acre park site includes a top-notch play structure that continues to please. The tree house-themed playscape has 1,200 square feet of slides, a rock wall, beam bars, a swing set and rubberized recycled turf. Other park amenities include soccer and football fields, sand volleyball courts, lighted ball diamonds, inline skating and a concession stand with a variety of picnic areas. Playscape at Dodge Park Address: 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights Phone: 586-446-2700 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round Its “barrier-free” playscape, which has claimed to be the largest in Macomb County, is a monster of a structure created with disabled and special needs children in mind – though kids of any capability and age can enjoy. It features climbing elements, monkey bars, interactive flip games, tall twisting slides and bright colors. Other park amenities include sand volleyball courts, picnic pavilions and an in-line skating hockey rink. Playscape at Lake St. Clair Metropark Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township Phone: 586-463-4581 Hours: April-October: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends; November-March: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Cost: $10/daily vehicle permit Ahoy, mateys! This jumbo Metropark delivers lots of play-structure fun for kids, featuring – you guessed it – a climb-on pirate ship, complete with the crow’s nest lookout at the top. You’ll also find pint-sized playhouses (think Little-Tikes style) with activity walls for kids, and special structures just for ages 3-5 and 5-11 with swings, slides, the Squirt Zone spray ground and more. Playscape at Pollard Park Address: 55550 New Haven Road, New Baltimore Phone: 586-949-0400 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round Local volunteers helped make this 128-acre park possible. Various colorful structures serve up challenging climbs, swings and slides – ranging from big to small, straight to loopy. Also, a bevy of ladders includes spirals, ropes and more. Other park amenities include lighted baseball diamonds and lighted soccer fields. Oakland County Barnum Park Address: 1101 Pierce St., Birmingham Phone: 248-530-1800 Hours: dawn-dusk daily Walk along Barnum Park’s crushed stone path, through a garden sanctuary and tree-lined promenade to reach a spacious playscape and an outdoor ice rink, when in season. Dennis Dearing Jr. Memorial Park Address: 2058 Phillips Road, Auburn Hills Phone: 248-370-9353 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round This fireman-themed tot-lot for kids, ages 2-5, comes with swings, picnic tables and open-play space. Manitoba Park Address: 4220 Manitoba Road, Auburn Hills Phone: 248-370-9353 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round A play structure and sand volleyball court comprise this park, and there are benches where parents can watch their kids or relax and read a book. Paradise Peninsula Address: Waterford Oaks, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Phone: 248-858-0916 Hours: dawn-dusk, April 1-Oct. 31 Built to mimic Michigan’s natural landscape, this universally accessible play area has an “up north” vibe and lots of fun in store. Find a challenge course, tree fort, log cabin, sand dunes and ground surface designed to look like Michigan’s Great Lakes. This detailed structure meets the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to encourage kids of all levels of ability to get out and play. Playscape at Catalpa Oaks County Park Address: 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield Phone: 248-424-7081 Hours: 30 minutes before dawn to 30 minutes after dark Catalpa Oaks has two playgrounds – one for ages 2-5 and another for ages 5-12. The play structures feature a contemporary twist that’s simple, fun and addicting. Older kids can enjoy a wave slide, many climbers and spinning stuff while the younger kids can have fun on slides and climbers. Playscape at Civic Center Park Address: 2525 Joslyn Road, Orion Township Phone: 248-391-0304 Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round There are two play structures – one for ages 2-5 and another for 5-12. The little kids structure has a couple small slides, ladders and a bridge (be sure to check out the dinosaur slide!). The big kid version has some taller slides, including one with a spiral, and crazier ladders; there’s even a mini zip line toy. The park hosts two sets of swings, too, including some for babies. Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex Playground Address: 29601 John R Road, Madison Heights Phone: 248-589-2294 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round Complete with slides, towers, a coaster climber and scientifically engineered Fibar-brand mulch, this play area is a kid favorite. It’s officially for ages 5-12 but with a rock climber and other features, tots and adults can have just as much fun. Play Structure at River Woods Park Address: 300 River Woods Drive, Auburn Hills Phone: 248-370-9353 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round Located along the Clinton River and next to the Auburn Hills Skate Park, this playscape is fully equipped with slides, swings and tons of climbing fun. Kids also have the options of playing basketball, football or even going fishing. Families can have a cookout in open picnic areas equipped with barbecue grills. Wooden Playground at Booth Park Address: North Old Woodward Avenue and Harmon Street, Birmingham Phone: 248-530-1800 Hours: dawn-dusk daily This park boasts a playscape built with help from community residents. With 20,000 square feet to play with, it packs a punch! A lookout tower mimics the city’s old fire station, a misting wheel sprays water and an artificial turf allows year-round “sledding.” There’s also a play trolley, parental patio with chairs, tables and umbrellas and a giant gravel labyrinth for kids. Washtenaw County Playgrounds at Independence Lake Park Address: 3200 Jennings Road, Webster Township, Whitmore Lake Phone: 734-449-4437, ext. 201 Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round (9 p.m. in the summer) Cost: $6/vehicle entry (Washtenaw County residents), $10/vehicle entry (non-residents) Here you’ll find a large, handicap-accessible play structure with slides, bridges and more, as well as a track ride and a climbing rock. There’s a separate swing area, too. The park’s Blue Heron Bay universally-accessible spray park (additional fees) has two water slides, a water play structure and more. Also enjoy disc golf, sand beach and boat rentals. Playscape at County Farm Park Address: southwest corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Platt Road, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-971-6337 Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round This farm-style play area has swings, a net climber, rubberized turf and two 24-by-20-foot shade structures. Be sure to hit the slides, rock wall and check out the toddler area featuring a John Deere tractor climbing structure. Rolling Hills Park and Water Park Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti Phone: 734-484-9676 Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round Costs: $6/vehicle entry (Washtenaw County residents), $10/vehicle entry (non-residents); extra fees for water park This 363-acre accessible park offers outdoor fun year-round! Families can float in the lazy river, slide down three 30-foot high water slides or splash in the waves at the water park (additional fees apply). There’s an accessible playground area with a wheelchair-accessible elevated sandbox, interactive music features, slide and monkey rings. Other park amenities include an 18-hole, disc-golf course, five miles of mountain bike trails, areas for softball and horseshoes, and during the winter, sledding and cross-country skiing are permitted on the rolling hills. Timber Town Park Address: M-52 and Sibley Road (half mile from downtown Chelsea), Chelsea Hours: dawn-dusk year-round Built in 1996 by Friends of Timber Town and renovated in 2007, this unique spot is a small version of the city of Chelsea. The 12,000-square-foot playground has a wooden climbing structure, clock tower, bridges, slides, sandboxes, climbing wall, water zone, theater and a train depot. Plus, there’s a police car and a water-shooting fire truck. Wayne County Donald F. Kosch Village Playground at Greenfield Village Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Phone: 313-982-6001 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily April 15-Oct. 30; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday Oct. 31-Nov. 27; open select late November-December evenings; closed Jan. 1-April 14 Cost: Admission to Greenfield Village ($26/adults, $19.50/kids; discounts when you buy online) Opened in 2013, this cool playground offers fun for children of all abilities. It’s designed to look like a 1930s construction site and has a mix of new play features and historical artifacts. Kids’ Row Address: Belle Isle Park, Jefferson Avenue and East Grand Boulevard, Detroit Phone: 313-821-9844 Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. year-round Its bright colors, bouncy turf, giant slide and “double-decker merry-go-round” (encased in netting) all make this oasis a Detroit fave. It’s got slides, climbers and towers, as well as cool animal statues, situated on a half-acre expanse and featuring up-to-standard safety. Play Planet at Tattan Park Address: 1901 N. Carlson St., Westland Phone: 734-467-3185 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round This gargantuan play structure has enough to keep your kids busy for hours. With a space theme, it packs lots of slides, towers, ramps and climbers into five acres of land, complete with picnic and grill amenities for lunch. Playscape at the Waterford Bend Recreation Area Address: Hines Park, Six Mile Road between Northville Road and Edward Hines Drive, Northville Township Phone: 734-261-1990 Hours: dawn-dusk year-round Parents can enjoy the scenery of Middle Rouge River while chilling in a large, sheltered picnic area and watching kids play. This interesting structure was imported from Belgium and almost resembles an art museum sculpture. It’s great for climbing, jumping, sliding and more. There’s even an old-school tire swing. Red, White and Blue Playground at Levagood Park Address: 801 N. Denwood St., Dearborn Phone: 313-943-2410 Hours: dawn-10 p.m. year-round It’s a two-in-one. With one structure a little lower to the ground for toddlers and the other taller for kids ages 5-12, both have a lot of features to climb, slide and hang on. There’s even a big blanket of pea gravel on the ground to prevent injuries. This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated for 2016 by Jessica Schrader.