Location: By 135th and Switzer in Overland Park, KS. The playground is by the East entrance to the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. (The farmstead’s address is 13800 Switzer.)
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If you’re ever near 135th and Switzer and are looking for a good playground, or if you’ve been to the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and want to extend the fun (they close at 5 p.m. this time of year), the playground by the farmstead’s East entrance can’t be beat. There’s plenty of parking but little traffic because the playground is situated at the edge of the parking lot across from the farmstead: there isn’t any through traffic. There are also tons of picnic tables/benches and seating surrounding the playground, which makes it a good destination on its own or along with the farmstead (you’re not allowed to take your picnic into the farmstead itself, so you could have an inexpensive lunch by picnicking in this area).
There are two main pieces of play equipment; like the Kiddie Park at Wyandotte County Lake Park, one seems intended for smaller children, and the other for bigger or more adventurous kids. There is also a music toy and a swing set that has both baby swings and big-kid swings. The area has a foam/rubber covering over the ground, which makes it soft for landings; it’s also fairly smooth, except for a few rough patches under the swings. The playground is clearly well maintained, and it’s high contrast: the play equipment is all red and white, which is easy to see against the brown trees and the dark ground. There’s plenty of space between the pieces of equipment as well, so the playground is pretty easy to navigate.
There are all sorts of climbing surfaces to challenge your tiny tot, and there are several games built in to the equipment. There’s a tic-tac-toe board in the smaller piece and gears for kids to pretend they’re driving. The taller piece features a play house in its base.
The music area has two different-toned drums with great tone, a set of manual chimes, and what I can best describe as a cattle bell.