Top 10 Strange and Unusual Playgrounds

Having a small child means that you do become something of a connoisseur when it comes to children play areas. You learn to spot the rough ones, the boring ones and the ones that are generally just not safe enough to let a hamster run around it let alone a small child. But play parks are changing shape. These days it is not unheard of to have a big name designer build it! So I have decided to show you what I think is…


Top 10 Strange and Unusual Playgrounds


Star Designed Children's Playgrounds
Star Designed Children’s Playgrounds

10 – Sungkuk Park, Japan

This unique play park has a sort of “Star Gazers” theme to it.  So if your little one is into the night sky in any way this play park with geodesic domes and ability to not only light up at nights but glow in the dark is a real must see!

Designer Children's Playgrounds
Designer Children’s Playgrounds

9 – Namba Park, Japan

There are several ‘modern’ playgrounds in Namba park but for me this is one of the good ones, the amazing layout of these swings is exactly what a modern play park should look like.

Designer Children's Playgrounds
Designer Children’s Playgrounds

8 – Wiesbaden, Germany

When it comes to clean, modern and high-end play-parks Germany is the World leader. Almost everything is done to master levels of efficiency and design that makes their playgrounds some of the best in the World.

Repurposed Airplane Turned into a Children's Playgrounds
Repurposed Airplane Turned into a Children’s Playgrounds

7 –  Air-base, Ukraine

This looks a little boring and plane to me! Puns aside this is one of those play parks that as a kid would stay with you for the rest of your life, making great use of the an old Tupolev Tu-124 jet it really is nothing short of amazing.

Steampunk Children's Playgrounds
Steampunk Children’s Playgrounds

6 – Oamaru Harbour, New Zealand

What we have here is most probably the World’s only Steampunk inspired children’s playground! While it is quite small it is nothing short of amazing.

The Worlds Longest Playground Slide
The Worlds Longest Playground Slide

5 – Japan

When Japan builds a kids slide for a local playground they do it in epic style. This bum numbing slide is so long that from start to finish it takes the average child 110 seconds to reach the end! Is it the World’s longest playground slide? I would like to bet it is.

Art Statue Children's Playground
Art Statue Children’s Playground

4 – Manhattan, USA

This designer play area is shaped like a reclining giant and it supposed to be inspired by “Childhood Wonder” Seen somewhere not that far from the Hudson River in Manhattan I think it looks great and really does capture how a child might well see a play park.

Lighthouse Children's Playground
Lighthouse Children’s Playground

3 – Hvidovre, Denmark

This is not the biggest playground in the World, but it is often said that Ziegler hold the record for the Worlds tallest playground slides. And this one seen in Denmark is one of the biggest, I have no idea exactly how tall, but it really does look like a beast to climb & fun!

Angry Birds Style Children's Playground
Angry Birds Style Children’s Playground

2 – Särkänniemi Adventure Park, Finland

If ever there was a video-game that should and indeed has inspired a whole playground off it, then Angry Birds is it. And it really doesn’t disappoint anyone, it looks amazing, well designed and fits in with the whole angry bird Universe.

Modern Design Children's Playground
Modern Design Children’s Playground

1 – Salford Docks, London

Sadly not much is really known about this quite frankly stunning play-park. Said to be in a fairly rich part of the London docklands (like that narrows it down!) this is made by designers unknown. But all those unknowns don’t stop it from being the most amazing playground I have ever seen making it definitely World class.

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  4. My kids definitely aren’t little anymore but these parks make me wish they were. My favorites are #5 and #2. I wonder what parks will be like by the time I have grandkids if this is what is out there now. 🙂

  5. Thank you. I edit a parent website called Queens Mamas and I’m going to link back to your blog not only for the parks but the host of other incredible fun things you have on it.

  6. We distribute aircraft spares. For the black boxes etc (actually orange). I’m the Shipping Manager so I arrange all the couriers etc. it’s quite interesting really. We supply to easy jet, Ryanair, British airways and soooo many more!

  7. Yeah it’s a pretty amazing place. They also have a 2 massive air/space museums there and it’s where Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose now lives.

  8. These are amazing, but there is one in Luxembourg city that I think beats all of these, it’s a huge ship with masts to climb, look out posts and running water play areas too, my daughter loved it when we were visiting friends there, hard to pull the 5 kids away!

  9. I like them all. If you have kids, can’t have enough play parks. Theme parks are fun too.

  10. Very interesting and unique. Not necessarily fun when one is afraid of heights. I look at that looooooooooooooooooooooooong slide and wonder what happens if one changes one’s mind half way down. Love the plane but it definitely is a long way down. These are great for fearless kids and adults who love to take risks and push the envelope.

  11. Delightful as always. Thanks, my friend. Laughter and lightness is a great assignment from God; one you’re fulfilling nicely by His power. Bless you. :0)

  12. Apparently I need to go over seas so I can play on some friggin AMAZING play grounds!!! We have one a few hours from me that’s a water park play area. It’s pretty neat but only during the summer.

Which one did you like?