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Calgary’s best themed playgrounds

Kids love playgrounds with a good theme. It inspires imaginative and creative play. Even when kids don’t find the equipment particularly challenging, they can still have a ton of fun engaging in pretend play.

Currie Barracks Airport Playground. 2953 Battleford Avenue SW. One of the best themed playgrounds in the city, Currie Barracks playground has a fantastic airport theme complete with a runway, control tower and airplane.

Cliff Bungalow Community Centre Playground. Cliff Street and 22nd Ave SW. Cliff Bungalow playground has a woodlands theme, with a river, toadstools and logs. Few playgrounds are as pretty as this one!

Capitol Hill Dinosaur Playground. Capitol Hill – 20th Avenue and 15th Street NW. If you have a dinosaur fan in your house, this playground should not be missed. Kids will adore the dinosaur bone equipment, complete with a T-rex skull.

Prince’s Island Park Playground. Bow River (Just north of downtown). Located in one of Calgary’s best loved park’s Prince's Island Park Playground has a Calgary theme, with a large fort climber, train climber and cowboy hat swings. The park itself is lovely with great views of downtown.

Confederation Park Natural Playground. 905 30 Avenue NW. Confederation Park's natural playground looks to the past and includes two fort structures and an overturned canoe.

Cornerstone Insect Playground. Cornerstone Gardens and Cornerstone Road NE. This playground has an insect theme and includes a wide variety of equipment to engage kids of all ages. The highlight is definitely the large insect-shaped climbing structure.

Nolan Hill Boulevard Castle Playground. Nolan Hill Boulevard (Just north of Nolan Hill Drive). There are three castle-themed playgrounds in Nolan Hill that are all worth a visit. This one has an amazing look, includes a cool pneumatic ‘elevator’ and allows kids to climb up pretty high.

Prestwick Pirate and Castle Park Playground. 1 Prestwick Manor SE. The only thing better than a playground with a great theme, is a playground with two great themes! This playground has a super cool pirate ship play structure as well as a fun castle climber.

Helicopter Playground. 5th Avenue and 27th Street NW. This playground has been a Calgary favorite for years. The playground has a fun helicopter play structure and partially accessible flooring.

Mills Park Natural Playground. Inglewood – 9th Avenue and 14th Street SE. Located in the heart of Inglewood, Mills Park looks back to the history of the area with Ranch inspired play elements.

Manchester Insect Playground. 57th Street SW and 1a Street SW. This playground is a hidden gem. The main climber at this playground looks like a giant insect. 

Young kids will love all the ground level features and older kids will love climbing up to the top of this unique play structure.

Legacy Castle Playground. Legacy Main and Legacy Boulevard SE. Your kids will feel like the king of the castle at this Legacy playground. The accessible flooring at steps allows even little kids to get into the fun but the playground has some challenging equipment for kids  a bit older as well. 

Have fun! 

Dana spends her free time seeking out the best indoor and outdoor places to play in Calgary with her son and blogging about them. For more information, visit

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