May 14 marks Take Your Parent to the Playground Day! In order to get the scoop on the top parks in the area, we went to Trinity's MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOMSnext (for parents of school-aged children) for their recommendations.
Who are the playground experts?
When it comes to finding the coolest places to play with young children, we knew our Trinity MOPS/MOMSnext moms would know where to go. They live, work and play in the area and connect with their friends, neighbors, family and other moms as they strive to find the best experiences for their kids.
MOPS/MOMSnext are part of the international organization, MOPS. It is designed to help moms with local groups of women that provide caring atmosphere and support to mothers of young children. Trinity's group meets together, shares a light breakfast and often features a speaker, a craft and plenty of time to socialize. MOPS typically meets on the first, third and fifth (when applicable) Wednesday of each month during the school year from 9-11 a.m. in the Church Lounge. Throughout the sumer, there are playground playdates and social events for moms.
The last MOPS meeting of the school year is Wednesday, May 25 at 9 a.m. in the Church Lounge. Regular meetings will resume in September. To connect with MOPS, show up for the meeting or email
What playgrounds do they love?
- Lake St. Clair Metropark - There are lots of options for things to play on and nice shaded areas. There is also a splash pad at Lake St. Clair Metropark. There is an entry fee for this park or you can purchase an annual pass. Located at 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, 48045.
- George George Memorial Park - This park has a large playscape and swings for the kids and a walking path. There is a lot of shade as well. George George Memorial Park is free to use and is located at 40500 Moravian Drive, Clinton Township, 48036.
- Brandenburg Park - This park gets high marks for the large splash pad area that is open in the summer months as well as the large playground. This park is located on Lake St. Clair and has a fishing pier as well. There is an entry fee for the park. Seasonal passes are available. Located at 50050 Jefferson Avenue, Chesterfield, 48047.
- Waldenburg Park - The moms like this park because of the compact space, which makes it easy to keep an eye on the kids. The moms also like that it had a rubber floor and not woodchips. There is also a walking trail. There is no entry fee for this park. Located at 19225 21 Mile Rd, Macomb, 48044.
- Macomb Corners - The park offers a nice playscape and swings area. The moms mentioned this park is also clean. There is also a great walking or biking trail. Many sports and community events are held at this park. There is no entry fee. The park is located at 19449 25 Mile Rd, Macomb, 48042.
- Dodge Park - There are fun playscape areas, nice walking/biking trail and a great splash pad in the summer. There is no entry fee for the park. The website lists a $5 non-resident charge for the splash pad. Located at 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights, 48313.
- Innovation Hills - The moms say this park is worth the drive. This park has a large tree house, playground climbers, a turf hill, musical instruments and plenty of water features. There are lots of cafe-style and picnic tables. There is no entry fee. Located at 2800 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, 48307.
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