Toddlers can enjoy playing with the foam block structures at Exploration Park. Photo courtesy of Exploration Park
Toddlers can enjoy playing with the foam block structures at Exploration Park. Photo courtesy of Exploration Park

Best Houston Playgrounds and Parks for Toddlers

Visiting the park with a toddler can be both a blessing and a curse. While a trip to a playground may be great for helping toddlers burn off some of their endless energy, playground sets can pose dangers to fearless toddlers. That's why parents of toddlers absolutely love finding a park with the holy grail of little kid park features: a toddler-sized play set, swings with leg holes and backs, soft ground for new walkers, etc... There are many great parks in Houston, but the list below features parks with plenty of options for parents who want to take their kids to the park and know that their toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy park equipment meant just for them.

Donovan Park - The Heights

700 Heights Boulevard, Houston
This gorgeous park in the heights features all wooden playground equipment, including one set that is perfectly sized for toddlers to enjoy. The toddler set includes the same features as the big kids' set, just in a miniature version, as well as a wooden train for toddlers to enjoy climbing on.

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Jerry Matheson Park

Playing on the giant tire swings at Jerry Matheson Park. Photo by Carrie Taylor

Jerry Matheson Park - Tomball

1240 Ulrich Road
This 10-acre park located in Tomball features two playground areas, including one specifically designed for toddlers. In the toddler area, there is also a sand pit and plenty of shaded seating area for adults to sit and supervise little ones. The play area intended for older kids is nearby, so parents of toddlers can keep an eye on big brothers and sisters playing as well. 

Spring Creek Park - Tomball

15012 Brown Road
At Spring Creek Park, toddlers can enjoy a playground set with low slides and a train theme. Because the park also features campsites, there is a restroom with shower pavilion on site, which is great for parents of toddlers who may be potty training and prone to accidents. 

Fire Truck Park - Southside Place

3743 Garnet
This adorable play structure in Southside Place features a fire truck motif and is perfectly sized for toddlers to play. A mini slide and small climbing obstacles make it ideal for toddlers to explore. Plus, the entire park is fenced in, in case your toddler likes to run.

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Bay Area Park
Older siblings or parents can swing with their toddlers at Bay Area Park. Photo by Ashley Jones

Bay Area Park - Pasadena

7500 Bay Area Boulevard
Bay Area Park features three sets of playground equipment, including one specifically for toddlers. The toddler area has multiple low-level slides for kids to enjoy, as well as fun elements like bongo drums and mini hanging rings. The toddler area also features tandem swings where parents can swing with their toddlers. 

Clear Lake Park - Seabrook

5001 NASA Pkwy.
We have been visiting Clear Lake Park for the toddler equipment since my oldest son was just 18 months old. Both sides of the park have an area with playground equipment that is toddler sized, and there is plenty of green space for preschoolers to run or chase balls. The splash pad located at Clear Lake Park is also a great option for toddler play during the warmer months. 

Exploration Park - Katy

15020 Cinco Park Road 
One of Houston's great destination parks, Exploration Park features an area with moveable blue foam blocks that toddlers can use to play and build. This park also features a variety of different types of swings, including some that even allow parents to swing with their toddlers. 

Katy Play Station - Katy

5720 Franz Road
The all-inclusive Katy Play Station is a haven for kids of all ages and abilities. With climbing structures, several different types of swings, and a main play area that has been modeled after the MKT Rail line train, toddlers and kids alike are able to play to their hearts' content. 

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Challenger Seven Memorial Park

Kids love playing on the shaded playgrounds at Challenger Seven Memorial Park. Photo by Ashley Jones

Challenger Seven Memorial Park - Webster

2301 W. NASA Boulevard
Of the three sets of playground equipment at Challenger Seven Memorial Park, one is sized just for toddlers. The miles and miles of trails at this park are jogging stroller-friendly and perfect for taking toddlers on long nature walks.

Carol Fox Park - Jersey Village

15913 Jersey Drive
This beautiful park in Jersey Village features a set of tandem swings where parents (or big kids) can swing with toddlers in a bucket seat. A giant sand pit and overturned monster truck tires are great for toddlers to explore, and a huge Noah's ark play structure is great for climbing. 

River Oaks Park - River Oaks

3600 Locke Lane
Also known as "Pumpkin Park," this exciting park in River Oaks features a Cinderella-themed pumpkin carriage for toddlers to climb on. The park also hosts tons of toddler-friendly activities like mommy-and-me classes.

Wier Park in West University

Photo courtesy of Wier Park

Wier Park - West University

3012 Nottingham Street
Toddlers can enjoy an area just for them at Wier Park in West University. This shady park features Astroturf, which is great for toddlers who may still be a bit unsteady on their feet. The park is fenced in and features a play area for older kids as well. 

Russ Pitman Park - Bellaire

7112 Newcastle Street 
A sand pit filled with trucks and shovels keeps toddlers entertained at Russ Pitman Park for quite a while. Part of the larger play structure is low enough to accommodate toddlers as well and includes fun features like a set of drums. 

The Vale-Asche Foundation Playground - Memorial

6501 Memorial Drive
Nestled inside of Memorial Park, The Vale-Asche Foundation Playground is Houston's first Playground Without Limits type playground. This sensory-rich playground is perfectly formulated for children with hearing and sight impairments, allowing them to get a full-scale playground experience as they might not otherwise receive. It's also perfect for toddlers who thrive on sensory experiences. 

 

Originally published April 22, 2019


Donovan Park
700 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77007

Bay Area Park
7500 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058

Clear Lake Park
5001 NASA Pkwy.
Seabrook, TX 77586

Challenger Seven Memorial Park
2301 W. Nasa Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598

Jerry Matheson Park
1240 Ulrich Road
Tomball, TX 77375

Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Rd
Tomball, TX 77377

Carol Fox Park
15913 Jersey Drive
Jersey Village, TX

River Oaks Park
3600 Locke Lane
Houston, TX 77027

Exploration Park
15020 Cinco Park Road
Katy, TX 77450

Fire Truck Park
3743 Garnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Russ Pitman Park
7112 Newcastle Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Weir Park
3012 Nottingham Street
West University Place, TX 77005

The Vale-Asche Foundation Playground
6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Katy Play Station
5720 Franz Road
Katy, TX 77493
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