Take a break from the slide, monkey bars and teeter totter routine. These unstructured playgrounds bring play to a whole other level with zip lines, rope swings and giant logs to climb. Kids will use their creativity as well as their muscles to explore and build new worlds. Flip through the pics to find one near you!

Natural Playscape at Prescott Farm – Laconia, Nh

Prescott Farm brought in designer Rusty Keeler of Planet Earth Playscapes to put together a Master Plan design for their natural playscape. The space opened in May 2016 and includes a fairy and gnome mossy area, tree sawing, a sand pit, nest building, a rocky ledge, balance logs and much more. Keeler’s vision, combined with the dedication of hardworking members of the community, created a space where families can come together and enjoy a natural take on play.

Online: prescottfarm.org/education/naturalplayscape

photo: Prescott Farm via Facebook


Know of an unstructured playground near you? Give it a shout-out in the comments below!

— Kate Loweth & Gabby Cullen