- Climb, climb, everywhere! They have a bluff designed to resemble a natural rock outcrop which features the nature playground’s namesake, the bison.
- Slides. Because who doesn’t love going down the slide? These are a little different from the traditional playground slides since this blends in more naturally.
- A fun tree house with a cool rope climb, towers, and other fun climbing structures.
- Hidden nooks. While her brothers were busy climbing their hearts out, my little one enjoyed hiding underneath the treehouse. They even have a little hammock! A great way to get a little quiet time.
- Flowing shallow stream. The stream wasn’t turned on when we were there, but should be a cool feature in the future. It surrounds the entire park, and there are log crossings at certain points.
- Stepping stone. Have fun tiptoeing on the stones in the re-created shallow wetland.
- A beaver lodge children can crawl into and help build.
- Fun creating music in the musical area. They loved banging on the giant windchimes.
- Sand and water play area. Definitely a hit with other kids!
- A learning experience. The informational signs are located everywhere to help guide children and parents to make the best use of natural play opportunities.
- Game of checkers, anyone? So cute with little tree stumps as a table and chairs.
- Adorable animals everywhere we turn.
- Follow the little animal feet. It was fun guessing what animal the footprints belonged to.
- Plenty of seating in the form of benches, logs, and boulders.
- Tables and chairs. Loved that there were tables and chairs located throughout. Perfect for a picnic!
- the stream was running. We can’t wait to come back and check it out.
- It wasn’t so busy! But we aren’t too concerned – we will be back!
- Visit during morning hours or during the week with young children. Weekend afternoons with nice weather = filled parking lot.
- Pack a lunch and sit at the tables.
- Bring a change of clothes if your kids cannot resist the sand area. Because sand + water = messy (but happy) kids.
Seriously, go ahead and make plans to visit this wonderful gem. Try to spend the day exploring the grounds. You won’t be disappointed!
Location: 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Hours: April 1 – October 31 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Parking: They expanded their parking lot, but at times have filled up.
Stroller-friendly? We did bring a stroller, which was perfectly fine. Plus, we could hop on the trails and explore.
Food: No food available for purchase, but tables are available. Bring food and have a little picnic!
Crowded: We visited on a Friday morning when the kids were off school and it was very busy.