My daughter loved helping me out with this assignment. I love to take her to Hendricks County parks to play on the playground equipment. Avon, Danville, Brownsburg and Plainfield have a lot to offer families when it comes to play areas, and enjoying these wonderful playgrounds is of course free. We also asked our Facebook fans to tell us about their favorite playgrounds in Hendricks County to help families who might be visiting this spring, summer and fall. The most mentioned park was the Washington Township Park, which is one of our favorites, too. Other mentions were Hummel Park in Plainfield, Ellis Park in Danville and Williams Park in Brownsburg. So, as a local mom, here's my list of the top five playgrounds you should check out in Hendricks County: Playground at Avon-Washington Township Park in Avon, Indiana
  1. Washington Township Park (115 S. County Road 575 East, Avon) – We like the playground on the upper level because it is large, with plenty of space for kids to spread out and plenty of play options. There is also a toddler play area. There are several benches and picnic tables for parents to relax or for families to bring a picnic. When you head down to the lower level of the park, you will find another playground and the Splash Pad (which opens Memorial Day weekend). This playground is smaller, but my daughter loves it because she likes to take breaks from playing in the water to swing or climb. Insider tip: If you go to the splash pad on a weekend, take your own chairs. Even though there are a few benches and a double-sided shelter house, the benches fill up quickly, and the shelters are often reserved. Playground in Hummel Park in Plainfield
  2. Hummel Park (1500 S. Center St., Plainfield) – This is another one of our favorites. We love the playgrounds on both sides of the park, which is actually owned and operated by Guilford Township not the Town of Plainfield. The playgrounds on the east side of the park are much larger. My daughter loves the slides at this playground. If it is a hot day or we are having a picnic, we go to the shaded playground on the west side of the park. The playground is much smaller, but the area is shaded and there are plenty of picnic tables spread throughout the area. Insider Tip: This is the largest township park in Indiana, so take a walk along the nearby trails to see what else the park has to offer.
  3. Williams Park (940 S. Locust St., Brownsburg) – We discovered this playground last fall while visiting the Veterans Memorial. The large wooden playground is well-known as Blast-Off Playground. There are plenty of spaces for climbing and exploring in this structure. There are also is a second playground area in the back of the park that offers a different experience. Insider Tip: Take a short walk to the front of the park to pay honor to our nation’s veterans. Playscape at Ellis Park in Danville, Indiana
  4. Ellis Park (600 E. Main St., Danville) – The Ellis Park playground is similar to Blast-Off Playground in Williams Park. It is a wooden play structure known as Playscape. My daughter’s favorite part of this playground is the tire swing. There are plenty of areas for kids to explore. There are also several picnic tables located next to the playground. Also, if you have time and it is a warm day, bring your swimming gear and cool off at the Gill Family Aquatic Center in the back of the park. Gill has a couple of waterslides, children's spray area and more and opens Memorial Day weekend. Insider Tip: Take your tennis racket. Ellis Park is home to the only public clay tennis courts in Indiana.
  5. Avon Town Hall Park – (6570 E. U.S. 36, Avon) I like this playground on the south end of the park because it is located next to a nice shelter house. In addition to playing on the playground, you can also play table tennis. Paddles and balls are provided. When we were there recently, the tables were a big hit, there was constantly someone playing on them. While there, take a walk on the trail around the lake or play the 18-hole disc golf course. Insider tip: If you have work you need to do while your kids are having fun, free WIFI is available.