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You might think that babies don’t really need much in a playground. And you’re not wrong. But having been at many playgrounds while my three kids were babies, some playgrounds are definitely better to take babies to than others.

The playgrounds on this list are not only good for babies, but they are playgrounds that older siblings and friends will love too. These playgrounds feature shade, baby swings, saucer swings, big rope spinners (that babies can sit or lay at the bottom of), things at ground level, ramps, and small slides. Also, most of the playgrounds on this list don’t have any pea gravel, so you don’t have to worry about your little one eating it and it is easier for them to crawl or toddle around.

  1. Renfrew Park Preschool Playground - Renfrew – 811 Radford Road NE

This isn’t the shadiest playground, but you can find some shady spots to hang out. The playground flooring is outdoor carpet, making it one of the best for crawling babies to move around on.The playground has many ground level features, as well as a ramp system that doesn’t get too high. There’s a small slide that you can hold your baby while they slide down, as well as baby swings. 

  1. Currie Barracks Airport Playground - Currie Barracks – 2953 Battleford Avenue SW

This playground is surprisingly great for babies. It is easy to find shade, they have little airplane bouncers, baby swings, saucer swings, and pour-in-place recycled tire flooring through most of the play area. Babies will also enjoy pulling up on the airplane bars and gently spinning on the two big spinners.

  1. Riley Park Playground - Hillhurst – 800 12 Street NW (South of SAIT)

This playground has large shady trees, a playhouse on the ground floor, accessible flooring, a ramp, a small slide, a saucer swing, and a baby swing. Riley Park also has a great wading pool open in the summer months.

  1. Forest Lawn Ramp Playground - Forest Lawn – 52 Street SE between 8 Avenue and 14 Avenue

Not only is there some good shade next to this playground, it also has small slides, accessible flooring, ramps, ground level activities, a saucer swing, and a car bouncer. Crawlers will also enjoy being able to go under the ramps. 

  1. Nellie Breen Park Playground - Inglewood – 14 Street and Saint Monica Avenue SE

The shade at this park is fantastic and the flooring is an outdoor carpet, which is nicer for crawling babies. 

The playground also features a big spinner, a saucer swing, and Adirondack chairs that could be useful for nursing. It has a ring spinner and bouncer that you can use while sitting with your baby. Babies will also enjoy pulling themselves up and cruising along the benches inside the gazebo.

  1. Elboya Park Playground - 46 Avenue & 4a Street SW

At this playground you will find shade, Adirondack chairs, a small slide, ground level activities, baby swings, and accessible flooring. The climbing structures get pretty tall, so you may want to pass if you have a little one that tends to climb higher than your comfort level.

  1. Rosedale School Playground - 9 Street & 11 Avenue NW

This playground near Rosedale School has some lovely large shade trees on the west side. It also offers ground level activities, a large rope spinner, saucer swings, a bowl spinner, a small double slide, and accessible flooring throughout. 

  1. Haysboro Natural Playground

As long as your little one is not overly interested in eating rocks, you and your baby will enjoy this playground. There is plenty of shade to be found, a little slide, a big slide you can go down with your baby, baby swings and lots of hills, logs and stumps to practice moving around on for more mobile babies.

  1. Simons Valley School Playground - Sandarac Drive and Sandalwood Gate NW

Not only does this playground offer great shade, it also has a big rope spinner, ground level musical features, saucer swings, and accessible flooring throughout.

  1. Visa Heights Jungle Playground - 1820 Valleyview Road NE

This preschool playground has some large trees nearby for shade, a great ramp system that doesn’t get super high, ground level musical features, a bowl spinner, a baby swing, and space to crawl underneath the climber, too. 

  1. Prince’s Island Park Playground - Prince’s Island Park (North of downtown)

One of Calgary’s most beautiful parks offers lots of large shade trees, baby swings, a ground level activity gazebo, small double slides, and partially accessible flooring. Pack a blanket as the shade and the benches are not always where you want them. There is pea gravel underneath the equipment for older kids.

  1. Mayfair Playground - Malibou Road & Medford Place SW

This lovely neighborhood playground has nearby shade, a ramp, a small slide, a baby swing, a saucer swing, a bowl spinner, and accessible flooring throughout.

  1. Utah Park Playground - 3420 16 Avenue NW

Utah Park is split up into two sections. The pea gravel area is set up primarily for bigger kids, but the area with accessible flooring is great for little ones. The shade is excellent with a baby swing and ramp, and an Apollo and bowl spinners on the far side.


Dana is the creator of Calgary Playground Review, She searches out the best places to play, eat, and learn with kids in Calgary, across Alberta,  and beyond. Her three kids also contribute their unfiltered opinions to her reviews.


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