Moms collect favorite playgrounds like they collect recipes. Sometimes they share and sometimes they keep a favorite to themselves. The following playgrounds made our list because there is something special about them, whether it’s the view, a creative jungle gym or a stocked sandbox.
Greenburgh Nature Center’s Discovery Playground, Scarsdale
Greenburgh Nature Center’s Playground is a nature-themed playground with three play areas for different ages and abilities. Plus, there are swings for babies, swings for big kids and some swinging benches for parents. Each jungle gym has its own “tree house.” The play equipment is beautifully designed with elements that resemble nature itself. Bonus: large rocks for climbing surround the playground. 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale.
Harbor Island Sprinkler Park and Playground, Mamaroneck
Nothing is better on a hot day than splashing at a sprinkler park. Harbor Island’s Sprinkler Park is located right on the beach, so let your kids play in the sand and wash off in the sprinklers. When it’s time to dry off, head over to Harbor Island’s Playground for more fun. The Harbor Island Playground has an adorable nautical theme with a lighthouse slide, pirate ship sandbox and more. The beach and sprinkler park are open until 5 pm every day until Labor Day. Parking is $5 and the beach and sprinkler fee is $5 for adults and kids ages 6 and up (children under 6 are free). Public bathrooms with showers are located on the beach. Bonus: One of our favorite places for ice pops and home made ice cream, Paleteria Fernandez, is nearby at 350 Mamaroneck Avenue. Mamaroneck Avenue and Post Road, Mamaroneck.
Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow
The reason to visit Kingsland Point is the water. From this green space, you have panoramic views of the Tappan Zee Bridge to the south and the mountains to the north. It’s a great place to pack a few snacks, a few books, a picnic blanket and chill. It’s a pretty simple park: Lots of grassy areas to run around, a large gazebo and pavilion, plenty of picnic tables and, of course, a playground for kids. Bonus: Climb on a giant set of teeth! (Yes, teeth!) To get to Kingsland Point, take Route 9 to Sleepy Hollow. Turn west (toward the river) onto Pierson Street and continue to Palmer Avenue. Turn left onto Palmer Avenue and go over the train tracks to Kingsland Point Park. A $4 parking fee is charged until Labor Day.
MacEachron Park, Hastings-on-Hudson
MacEachron Playground is all about the spectacular views of the Hudson. The boat-shaped climbing equipment has separate areas for younger and older children. Bring a picnic lunch and take in the views from a bench while your child plays. Bonus: If you feel like splurging on lunch, Harvest on Hudson is right next door to the park. River Street, Hastings-on-Hudson.
Roselle Park, Pleasantville
The sandbox is the reason to visit Roselle Park, a community park in a charming little neighborhood in Pleasantville. The large 40′ x 11′ sandbox is filled with diggers and wheel loaders, bull dozers and dump trucks. Truck broke down? No worries, grab a tow truck. There are probably 30 or so trucks in the sandbox at any given moment. The playground equipment is unique too. There’s a tunnel made of tires to climb up. The rock climbing wall has letters and numbers on the foot and hand holds, fun for kids learning to ID their letters. Monkey bars are low enough for young children to try out. Bonus: Duh! The Trucks! Roselle Avenue, Pleasantville.
Sagamore Playground, Bronxville
Sagamore Playground is nestled on a hill on a tree lined Bronxville street. It’s shady, like every playground should be, with lots of benches for grown-ups and several play areas for young kids. And every time we’ve been there, my four-year-old has met other kids. (There’s nothing more depressing than an empty playground!) Bonus: Since you’re high up on a hill there is a nice breeze. Sagamore Road (Avon Road), Bronxville.
Bruce Park, Greenwich
Bruce Park is located across from the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. (We’re going to cheat a little bit and head just over the border into Connecticut.) Big kids (up to age 12) can wander in and out of faux, oversized tree trunks, balance on a rope strung between the faux trees, and spin on these really cool sit and spin-like seats near the big-kid swings. A slide built into a hillside makes a simple slide feel more adventurous. Toddlers and preschoolers have an enormous separate gated playground that features a large ship for climbing and a preschool-appropriate buccaneer rocking ride. Bonus: A kid-size xylophone! 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT.