School is in! But preschoolers are still out half the day. What to do? Try a new playground, of course. From a pirate-themed paradise to an oasis where fake bears stand guard, we found great options for young kids that need to build up or burn off energy. Click through our album to discover them all.

Secret Paradise: Park West Playlot Park

If the large rainbow horse mural doesn’t delight your kiddo, then the secret vibe of this hidden playground will. Park West is smuggled between buildings, tucked a bit out of sight. Mostly dappled sunlight hits the play area, so it is great for warmer days. Large steps and a climbing structure lure all ages to play.

745 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Lincoln Park
312-742-7816
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

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— Mistie Lucht

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Photos: courtesy of Playground Pointers