RUTLEDGE-WILSON FARM COMMUNITY PARK
3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield
The adorable playground here is shaped like a giant barn, with super-tall slides and plenty of tunnels to climb through. Bonus: Inside the play area kids are shaded from the sun! Critter-loving kids can meet farm animals while they’re there.
3500 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield
With a cave, a spring, a stream, a lake where you can watch the ducks and access to the Galloway Creek Greenway, this park is a wonderful place to get in touch with nature right inside the city.
2701 S. Blackman Rd., Springfield
Dan Kinney Park has universally accessible playground equipment and even an accessible baseball field, so kids of all abilities can have fun in the sun.
PHELPS GROVE PARK
950 E. Bennett St., Springfield
This scenic city park is a great place to find every kind of neighborhood park-goer, from kids on the playground to runners on the trail—and there are plenty of shady picnic spots.
NATHANAEL GREENE/CLOSE MEMORIAL PARK
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield
The darling botanical-themed play pods along the trail are awesome mini-parks that you can visit while you stroll around. Get a little exercise in between each one, then take a break while the kids play.