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.

Steel Lake Park & Family Funland

Calling all knights and princesses! If castles and fort play are at the forefront of your kiddo's imagination, then you'll want to saddle-up their war-horse and invade this Federal Way playground today. Called Family Funland, the enormous playground will keep mini dragon slayers busy for hours with multiple climbing walls, monkey bars, a toddler area, swings and much more. As the name suggests, there is also a swimming lake with lifeguards on duty during the summer, plus grass areas and picnic tables to spread out on for some lunch.

2410 S. 312th St.
Federal Way, Wa 98003
Online: visitfw.org/directory/things-to-see/steel-lake-park-47

photo: Christy H. via Yelp

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