Calgary’s 7 Best Playgrounds Near Downtown

Apr 23, 2024 | Family Photography Blog

Hey there, parents! I’m Amanda Dams, an award-winning professional family photographer in Calgary. I know the struggle of finding engaging and safe places to entertain your little ones. That’s why I’ve created this guide to the best playgrounds in Calgary, offering a variety of features to keep your kids happy for hours.

Whether you’re looking for classic structures, thrilling slides, or a splash pad to cool off on a hot day, Calgary has something for every adventurer. So pack a picnic basket, lather up the sunscreen, and get ready for some playtime fun!

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1. Hide N’ Seek

If you’re searching for a playground with tons of variety, Hide N’ Seek is the place to go. This indoor playground boasts a three-story play structure with slides, tunnels, and climbing features that will keep your little monkeys entertained for hours. There’s also a dedicated toddler area for the tiniest explorers, and a cafe for parents to relax and recharge while their kids play.

Address: 49 Aero Dr NE #18, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8Z9
Phone: (587) 774-1999

Hide N Seek Calgary Indoor Playground
Photo credit to S.A

2. Prince’s Island Park Playground

Prince’s Island Park Playground is a Calgary classic, offering stunning views of the Bow River alongside its play equipment. This playground is perfect for all ages, with structures designed to challenge and excite both toddlers and older children. After playtime, take a walk along the river pathway or explore the beautiful Eau Claire area.


Prince Island Park Playground
Photo credit to Murphy Chen

3. Helicopter Playground

Calling all future pilots! Helicopter Playground lives up to its name with a helicopter-themed play structure that will spark your child’s imagination. This unique playground also features a variety of slides, swings, and climbing equipment, making it a great choice for a well-rounded play experience. Keep in mind that the playground has specific opening hours, so plan your visit accordingly.
Address: 5th Avenue and 27th St. NW., Calgary, AB T2N 0R1
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Helicopter Playground In Calgary
Photo credit to Melissa Carandang

4. South Glenmore Park Playground & Splash Pad

South Glenmore Park Playground & Splash Pad is the ultimate destination for a refreshing playdate. This sprawling park boasts a massive spray pad with water features, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. The adjacent playground offers a variety of climbing structures, swings, and slides to keep dry-land adventurers entertained. If you have older children, there’s even a skate park and BMX track nearby for them to test their skills. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it at South Glenmore Park!

Address: 24 St SW, Calgary, AB T2V 3N8

South Glenmore Park Calgary
Photo Credit to Bette P

5. Shouldice Park Playground

Shouldice Park Playground offers a unique natural play experience for your little explorers. This playground incorporates natural elements like logs, rocks, and sandpits, encouraging imaginative play and a connection with the outdoors. There are also traditional play structures like slides and swings, ensuring something for everyone. Shouldice Park is a great choice for families who want to spark their child’s creativity and appreciation for nature.

Address: 4900 Monserrat Dr NW, Calgary, AB T3B 1H9

Shouldice Accessible Park, Winter
Photo credit to Shouldice Park

6. Rotary Park Playground & Spray Park

Looking for a playground with a bit of everything? Rotary Park Playground & Spray Park has you covered! This park features a fantastic spray pad with water jets, tipping buckets, and a shallow wading pool, guaranteed to bring squeals of delight. The playground boasts a variety of climbing structures and slides on a big sandy area, meaning the fun is guaranteed. There are also picnic tables and plenty of green space for running around and burning off energy.

Address: 617 1 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6R2

Rotary Park Playground Calgary
Photo credit to Doug Wong

7. Ramsay Inclusive Playground

Playtime should be inclusive for everyone, and Ramsay Inclusive Playground delivers! This innovative playground is designed to be accessible for children of all abilities, with features like ramps, adaptive swings, and sensory equipment. The playground also offers a variety of traditional play structures, ensuring a fun and inclusive experience for all children.

Address: 811 MacDonald Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4M3

Ramsay Inclusive Playground Calgary
Photo credit to Almira Ramji

Capture Those Playdate Memories!

So there you have it, my top picks for the best playgrounds in Calgary if you’re near the Downtown area! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Calgary playground is!

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And hey, after all that fun, wouldn’t it be amazing to capture those precious moments with beautiful photographs? At Amanda Dams Photography, I specialize in capturing the joy and wonder of childhood through stunning and natural portraits. Let me freeze those special smiles and giggles so you can cherish them forever.

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