If you’re looking to change up your park routine and try something new, here are a 5 awesome parks for kids who love to climb!

Normandy Oaks (Royal Oak) 

The brand new playground at Normandy Oaks is perfect for kids who love to climb. The 40-acre park in Royal Oak, is designed with older kids in mind. They’ll love the ropes course and the cushion of AstroTurf too. Plan your visit during the summer months to enjoy the splash pad too.

Normandy Oaks  // 4234 Delemere Blvd, Royal Oak, MI 48073


Lower Huron Metropark (Belleville) 

Lower Huron Metropark’s new playground has something for everyone! The space themed space has a large creative toddler area, massive traditional structure with universally accessible slides and spaceship, a caged ninja warrior course, swings for all ages and abilities AND a climbing slide that genuinely challenges kids to reach for the stars!

Lower Huron Metropark // 40151 E Huron River Dr, Belleville, MI 48111


Merriman Hallow (Westland)

The massive treetop themed playground is great for kids who love to climb and be adventurous. There is a parking lot next to the play structure, making it easy to get in and out. Bring your bikes or scooters and let the kids test their skills at the dirt + pump bike tracks across the street at Hawthorne Ridge Recreation Area.

Merriman Hallow // N Merriman Rd, Westland, MI 48185


Lakeshore Park (Novi)

The playground at Lakeshore features a unique American gladiator rope cage with space for kids to climb, crawl and practice their balance. The massive slide has a rope to climb up or a ramp to walk up and there are multiple seats and swing rides for kids to enjoy too.

Lakeshore Park // 601 S Lake Dr, Novi, MI 48375


Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve (Southfield)

Add this non-traditional park to your playground list. The ‘Rock Park’ is perfect for adventurous climbers who want test their skills on different terrain.

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve // 10 Mile Road, East of Inkster, Southfield, MI 48076


Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Township)

A massive spiderweb cage, climbing walls and massive slides, Stony Creek Metropark’s playground is one of the most popular around town and will keep the kids busy for hours.

Stony Creek Metropark // 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316


When climbing is involved there is always risk of a fall. If you are ever concerned that your child has suffered a concussion, take the Concussion Clinic of DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Concussion Quiz and watch the video below for helpful tips.

Photo: Normandy Oaks