Thanks to our record dry streak and long summer days, Seattle kids are loving the extra play time at their favorite parks. But if you’ve done the local playground circuit enough your smartphone thinks you work at the neighborhood tot lot, maybe it’s time to branch out into new territory. From medieval castles, to nautical play structures, to seaside swings and lakefront lunch spots, click through the gallery to see the best playgrounds the South Sound has to offer.

SERA Campus Playground

This newer playground in Tacoma’s south-end is worthy of a visit for both younger and older kids alike. The obstacle-like features offer some challenge for big kids, while the woodland theme and tree house inspired structure will stir little imaginations into some epic pretend play adventures. During the summer months the minis will spend most of their day at the sprayground, while athletes eager to try out the turf will want to head over to the seven athletic fields for baseball, soccer, football or lacrosse. When the weather is our typical Northwest drizzle, score a day pass and try the campus' Treetops Playground or STAR Center — there's even a Subway inside, so you can easily fill those hungry kiddos, after playing all day.

6002 S. Adams St.
Tacoma, Wa 98409
Online: metroparkstacoma.org/sera-campus-south-end-recreation/

photo: Rachael Brandon

Have you and your crew had a chance to explore these South Sound playgrounds? Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

— Rachael Brandon