What makes a park family friendly? Is it a state-of-the-art playground with equipment you can’t find at just any old park? What about water features that will brighten your child’s day? Or is it a picnic area with enough natural elements for your children to gaze at so they are entertained enough to sit through the entire meal?
There are a several ways to make a park an ideal place for your entire family to spend time. Here are some kid-friendly parks in Evanston that do it right.
Elliot and Burnham Shores Parks
Situated right on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan, Elliot and Burnham Shores Parks are beloved by adults and kids alike. We’ve grouped them together because the only thing that separates these parks in Evanston, Ill. is the point at which Hamilton Drive ends and parkland begins. The views of the lake from this chunk of green space are spectacular, but what makes them especially kid-friendly is the Burnham Shores Park playground. It has a tire swing, spring riders, and a giant ship for children to play in. This stretch of green space is less than a five-minute drive from the AMLI Evanston apartments near Northwestern University, and even closer to the university campus.
A tiny sliver of green space just a three-minute walk from AMLI Evanston, Lawson Park is a gold mine for children. Recognized by Time Out Chicago for its accessibility to children with special needs and limited mobility, Noah’s Playground for Everyone makes Lawson Park a true star. Virtually everything here, ranging from the playground equipment to the bathrooms and drinking fountains, is accessible to all.
Raymond Park is a short drive or train ride from AMLI Evanston. The journey also makes for a nice stroll along Chicago Avenue on a nice summer day. Located in Evanston’s Lakeshore Historic District, Raymond Park is known for its aesthetic appeal and toddler-friendly playground. If you have children under the age of four who have yet to visit, be sure to check it out. On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Raymond Park will host the 29th Annual Evanston’s Young Evanston Artists (YEA!) Festival.
If you live in a family-friendly Evanston apartment, you’re probably looking for activities to engage and entertain your children this summer. Visit each of these kid-friendly parks in Evanston just one time, and you’ve already got four family fun days planned. However you choose to spend time with your little ones, we hope it’s fun, precious, and safe for everyone!
What’s your favorite kid-friendly park in Evanston and why? Leave a comment below.
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