1. Georges Henri Park
Heike’s top spot goes to the playground at Georges Henri Park in Woluwe Saint Lambert for being best all around. Besides the playground, Heike also appreciates some of the other features of the park, for instance, its grassy meadows as well as its workout area, so “you can get some exercise”. Parents can rest on a shaded bench and there is a smaller playground from young children. “What I also like is that when you forget a water bottle that there’s always a little fountain to drink out of,” she adds.
End of Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
2. Red Cloister
With its five ponds, marsh and a protected nature reserve, the Red Cloister, an old abbey nestled in the Sonian Forest, can be an idyllic day out for grown ups and kids alike. Some favourite features of the park are a fireman’s pole, more slides and several rocking animals to ride. On the weekends, a café is open serving cold drinks and food.
Rue de Rouge-Cloître, 1160 Audergem
3. Porte de Hal
Next to the 14th-century tower of the Porte de Hal along Brussels ring road lies another 4000m² of play area for kids. Made entirely from wood, the Porte de Hal playground is among Brussels’ most whimsical. It’s in the shape of a large castle complete with swinging catapults and a giant maze. Heike likes the row of mini wooden houses, which lend themselves to the imagination to make up all kinds of stories.
Runs along Boulevard de Waterloo / Avenue Henri Jaspar ring road, 1000 Brussels
4. Tenbosch Park
Another hit is Park Tenbosch, which offers a fairly typical playground and sand pit, but with a few special features. Heike most enjoys the climbing net, though laments that she’s now outgrown it. “My head sticks out of it.” Now she climbs on top of the upper wooden beam instead. “It’s not really made to climb on, but I’m not the only kid that likes to do it.” She also gives mention of a tepee and a separate area with a large sandbox.
Between Chaussée de Vleurgat and Rue des Mélèzes and Rue Hector-Denis, 1050 Ixelles
5. Renier Chalo
Finally, an honourable mention in Heike’s world of playgrounds is Renier Chalon in Ixelles. Quite near her school and just a few streets away from Tenbosch Park, Chalon lends some variety to her play schedule. For kids large and small, it host two quaint playgrounds, one for older children and one for toddlers, offering a host of playthings from an elephant-shaped slide and balancing games to rope bridges, climbing wall, seesaws, swings, as well as sports fields.
Rue Renier Chalon 17, 1050 Ixelles
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