In my long tenure of reviewing parks and playgrounds for Houston New Moms, West U has never disappointed either me or chief playground tester Lana. This week, I’ll be taking you on a little tour of my latest discovery in the neighborhood: Colonial Park.
Colonial Park has a truly impressive number of different play structures / areas to explore. Its other claims to fame include being fully fenced and proximity to an awesome, kid-friendly pool (alas, open only to West U residents and their guests – so make some local friends and maybe you can check it out one day!) This park is partially shaded, but there will definitely be some sun on a sunny day. (You will see evidence of aforementioned sun in my photos — apologies in advance for the questionable photo quality!)
Here’s the little-kid play structure. It’s definitely geared toward older toddlers, with challenging climbing routes and several places to fall. We did see a couple of families with pre-walkers exploring this structure, but they definitely had to stay close to the babies at all times!
The big kid play structure also offers climbing, sliding, and running, on a bigger scale and located at a good distance from the the little kid area, which I always like to see.
While the main play structures are nice, you could spend your entire visit here without approaching either of them, instead choosing among a half-dozen other entertainments. Three of our favorites were the swings for babies and big kids, a sandbox, and little wooden houses to explore, which even pre-walkers can access. We also loved the various ride-on toys scattered throughout:
The set of musical instruments in the corner provided some amusement as well:
And, finally, we enjoyed jumping and climbing on these little hills in the ground – it the first time we’d seen this kind of playground feature!
One final note: in case you haven’t figured it out from the photos, this park is totally covered in wood chips, so watch out if you have a little wood-chip eater! If not, definitely come check out this park – with so much to choose from, you’re sure to find something to entertain the kiddos!
If You Go
- Address: 4130 Byron St, Houston, TX 77005
- Parking: Small lot or free street parking