By the time August rolls around, my boys and I are pretty burned out on the park scene. But since winter lasts about six months in Chicagoland, it is my goal to keep them outside as much as possible until the ice and snow arrives. What do I do to keep the complaints to a minimum? I seek out the absolute BEST parks so there is always something new to try. And while we might strike out some days (a metal slide on a sunny day is just as painful as it was when we were kids), the clear winners are Chicagoland’s Ninja Warrior Parks.
This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
375 Elm Street, Deerfield
*Giant spiderweb climbing structure
*New & innovative playground equipment mixed in with more traditional park features
*Small ninja warrior section
Want to see if your child is strong or interested enough to try out an official Ninja Warrior Park? Then Brickyards Park in Deerfield is the perfect first step. There is lots of agility themed equipment, but on a small, less intimidating scale.
Summer Lakes Park
3010 Talbot Avenue, Warrenville
*Seven different pieces of Ninja Warrior-style equipment
*Chicago Bears themed 40 yard dash sprint station (complete with timer!)
*Adjacent traditional park, picnic shelter, and baseball fields
While it may be a bit tricky to find (or maybe my GPS was having a bad day), this Ninja Warrior park is totally worth the trek. Not only does it have the climbing equipment that Ninja Warriors have grown to expect, but it also has a Chicago Bears themed 40 yard dash area. If that doesn’t tire your kids out, I don’t know what will.
Meineke Ninja Warrior Park
220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg
*11 different Ninja Warrior obstacles
*Adjacent traditional park
If you want a more in-depth review be sure to check out my write up about Meineke Park here.
But before you head out to explore Chicagoland’s Best Ninja Warrior Parks, be sure to read through these comprehensive tips:
Make sure to wear appropriate footwear (gym shoes–no sandals!), tie hair back, and take off any necklaces that could get stuck on the equipment and cause an injury.
Keep little kids on the adjacent playground. All of these Warrior Ninja parks have nearby parks that are more age appropriate for little ones–that’s where THEY should be. Ninja Warrior parks are designed for older kids (my extremely athletic six year old can’t even do some of the obstacles) so it is no place for a preschooler or toddler.
Prepare your kids for a wait. One of the most fun things about a Ninja Warrior park is that you can time yourself using a massive scoreboard that overlooks the obstacle course. While this is cool and all, it also means that there will be a looooong line. Keep your kids engaged by having them not only cheer on others but watch and pick up some ninja moves from them.
And if you want to create your own Ninja Warrior worthy obstacle course at home, check out these great kits.
Happy climbing, jumping, spinning, racing…you get the point.
Don’t miss a post…follow me on Blog Lovin’.