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!

Leonard Schine Children’s Natural Playground – Westport, Ct

Nestled in the woods of Aspetuck Land Trust lies 10,000 square feet of fort building, digging, tower-climbing, tea parties, stick stacking and nature collages. Designed for kiddos ages three to seven, and build entirely out of materials found on the preserve, the Leonard Schine Children’s Natural Playground is a hidden gem. New in 2016 is a bear’s den cave made from grapevine and a giant bird’s nest which kids can improve with sticks.

Good to know: Don’t miss the Elvin fairy village!

Cost: Free

Online: aspetucklandtrust.org/17116

photo: Aspetuck Land Trust via Facebook


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

— Kate Loweth & Gabby Cullen