10 Places for Outdoor Play with Toddlers

25 August 2017, Joanna Lodge

Although Bangkok’s weather doesn’t always lend itself to outdoor play, many areas are accommodating of the heat with shade, water play, and pockets of air con for some relief. It’s worth checking out the below 10 places with toddlers to learn how to grow plants and vegetables, zoom down water slides, feed turtles, eat ice creams and run in the shade.

1.  Lumpini Park

Occupying a central location, Lumpini Park is lovely for children (and adults). Shaded walkways and paths around the perimeter of the park are perfect for walking and taking in the sights. There are two large playgrounds with sand pits, and many sheltered niches for picnicking or rest. Bring your own scooters, strides bikes and bicycles (but please note that they are only permitted after 10am).

2. Grandpa’s Urban Farm

Not just gardening… but a great inner city haven where children can learn how to make household items out of natural products, learn sustainable living practices and how to grow their own food.

3. Wat Prayoon

Situated within a lush compound on the Thonburi side, this temple is a hit with young children, thanks to its huge and tranquil turtle pool. Children will enjoy watching and personally hand feeding the turtles (food is sold on the premises).

4. Suan Rot Fai

For those with babies and toddlers, this is a fantastic place to bring the stroller. You can also rent bicycles, including those with baby seats. Moreover, the on-site Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium off the bike path serves as a lovely attraction. Kids can also keep active in the park’s playground.

5. Benjakitti Park

Get outside to the wonderful green space of Benjakitti Park! This is a great place for little ones to run in the shade, play in the two play areas available and explore the wildlife in and around the lake!

6. Benjasiri Park

With two designated play areas, one for older and one for younger children, this is a refuge from bustling Sukhumvit Road. Get back to nature for a while and relax. Feed the turtles and the fish (food sold on the premises) and explore the beautifully maintained gardens.

7. Skippy Water Land

Located in the Plus Mall on Kanjanapisek Road in Thonburi, this water park is awesome for toddlers. It boasts three large slides, a complex water playground, multiple fountains and toddler play features. Also, knee deep water makes it a relatively safe environment for free play.

8. Fantasia Lagoon

With two branches in Bangkok, this fun-filled water park is tucked-away on shopping centre rooftops. Each features multiple swimming pools, water slides and gushing fountains. Young ones can splash around in shallow pools or run around in the designated toddler water play area. Along with a parent or guardian, they can also explore other zones, including a lazy river.

9. Children’s Discovery Museum

Located behind Chatuchak market, the museum has a fantastic splash area for younger children to cool off. There are also other outdoor areas such as a dinosaur excavation pit and a treehouse-style climbing course. If it gets too hot, there is one room dedicated to educational toddler crafts, activities and free play.

10. Suan Luang Rama 9 Park

This huge expanse of green lends itself wonderfully to sunny, yet breezy afternoons playing under the canopy of the many huge trees. With a great play area, lake, pristine gardens and café to cool off, this is a great place to visit.

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