Location: Dublin Park, 8324 Madison Pike, Madison, AL, 35758 (map)
Amenities: Lots of shade and plenty of places for parents to sit. Picnic tables inside and outside the park. Clean bathrooms have water fountains, toddler-sized toilets, an antibacterial gel dispenser, and changing tables in both. Park is completely enclosed with a gated entry (one way in and out). Disc Golf is also available (outside the playground in Dublin Park).
Situated on the hill at the back of Dublin Park in Madison, Kid’s Kingdom is an enclosed, well-maintained playground shaded by several large oak and walnut trees. The playground is designed with a castle theme: turrets, bridges, walkways, with various ways to get up (climbing lattice, stairs) and down (slides, stairs). There is also a climbing wall, tire swing, various balance challenges, rings (for bigs and littles), an obstacle course, and plenty of other structures conducive to imaginative play.
The swing area has two belt swings, two hard tire swings (which are loads of fun), and two accessible swings for children with special needs. The park also features a toddler area with four bucket swings, balance challenges, Cinderella’s carriage (with a horse), and dolphins for little ones to climb on. There’re also a couple of small slides for younger children.
This is easily my kids’ favorite park (ages 7 and 11). There are a great variety of play options and we sometimes pack a lunch and spend two – three hours playing. There always seems to be kids here, and it can get really crowded on beautiful days, but it’s worth it.
Pro-Tip: If it makes you nervous that you may lose visual sight of your child – which you will in this park if you’re not climbing and running with them – there are benches just inside the gate where you can be pretend you’re a sentry for the castle. Otherwise, enjoy the park’s shady benches further in.
Karen Gann had a marketing communications career in high tech before taking a sharp turn into stay-at-home-momdom and homeschooling. She grew up in the Tennesse Valley, lives in Huntsville, and is wife to the wittiest man alive, mother to two head-strong and independent girls (they're adorable, really), and human caregiver to Gomez the dog. Addictions include Facebook, Pinterest, NYC's Radio Lab, coffee, and politics (not necessarily in that order but sometimes all at the same time). She's a foodie, too.