These playgrounds have something in common –at least one aspect that sets them apart from the typical play zone.

Peachtree-DeKalb Airport Park

2000 Airport Rd., Decatur 
The child fascinated by aircraft will be wide-eye’d and wow-ing as real airplanes take off and land. Kids can scale the monkey bars, ride down the wavy slide, or step up into a pretend airplane cockpit.

Chastain Park Playground

140 W Wieuca Rd., Atlanta  
The 40,000-square-foot play area inside the 268-acre park has been transformed with a $2.8 million redevelopment that includes: giant “oodle” swings that allow two children to recline and swing together and a spider web for climbing, bumpy slides – one for toddlers – that invite kids and adults to race down the hill, a climbing wall that allows kids to climb on rocks or tree stumps from the lower level play area to the higher one, a tree house to explore, with a walkway from the upper level, and more.

Glenlake Park

1121 Church St., Decatur  
While children climb, slide and swing, adults can take advantage of the outdoor fitness equipment adjacent to the kids’ playground. Included: an elliptical trainer, fitness bike, leg press and a seated strength trainer.

Historic Fourth Ward Park Playground

680 Dallas St., Atlanta
Near Ponce City Market, this playground has swings shaped like large bowls that fit several playmates at once, a spider-like ropes course connected to a small trampoline, and what looks like a reverse slide. Multiple slides, rock walls and other climbing equipment round out the playground.

Haw Creek Park

2205 Echols Rd., Cumming
No usual stuff here. Instead, your kids can stretch their muscles and imaginations as they climb on bears, toadstools, logs, rock structures and such. This play area is reached via a very short walk through the woods.

Thrasher Park

93 Park Drive, Norcross
All aboard! As real trains chug by, kids play in a bright red choo-choo train that’s just for them. This playground has an array of features for all ages, and young kids who love trains will be in heaven here.

Ashford Park

2980 Redding Rd. NE, Atlanta
The recently renovated playground at Ashford Park is awesome for kids of all ages. The park added new play structures and refreshed some of the original traditional elements, including the extra huge sand box and toy park area. “We go to Ashford Park at least once a week,” says Anne Stanford, who has a 1½-year-old daughter.

Looking for more? Here’s our list of 14 “Star” Playgrounds all around Atlanta.

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