If you have a little monkey that never met a tree they didn’t want to climb, a wall they didn’t want to scale, or a giant red Target ball they didn’t want to ninja-kick off of, it may be time to introduce them to the thrills of a zip line. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you strap them in and send them soaring with their feet skimming the treetops — click through our album for seven local kid-approved zips that’ll keep them mere feet from the ground.

Harvester Park

This stunning park recently received a facelift but a favorite component, the zip line, remained intact. One of the newest additions is a custom-made fiberglass tree nicknamed Tree of Life with a hollowed out center for climbing, peep holes for spying on siblings and a mesh top designed to allow growth of ivy to mimic a real tree. Not only will the body get a workout with play structures and a splash pad, but the mind will as well when the kids encounter a stream with locks and dams for directing water to three different areas and an unconventional sandbox with a conveyor belt and Archimedes Screw.

Nearby Stevens Park (8555 Walredon) in Burr Ridge also features a 100-foot zip line, a large climbing rock and tree fort.

15W400 Harvester Dr.
Burr Ridge
630-920-1969
Online: brparks.org

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— Maria Chambers