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Marys Park Sensory Playground

Peninsula Town Center                                                                  4410 East Claiborne Square                                                    Hampton Va 23666

Information: This outdoor park located across from Macy’s in the Peninsula Town Center was a project in partnership with the Peninsula School for Autism. While the park is completely wheelchair accessible, it offers sensory play and interactive experiences in a park theme of two classic Hans Christian Anderson stories- The Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling. This is the only park in Virginia designed for children with sensory disabilities and autism.

Guests can download the smartphone special app at the park to listen to the stories in up to 16 languages, as well as, create andsave photos with their children and characters from the stories.

Parking is available on street, in garage and valet (dedicated days) and restrooms are available in Macy's.

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sensory playground in hanpton

Tons of fun for everyone at the Marys Park Sensory Playground


Newport News

Boundless Playground at Deer Park

11523 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News VA 23601                                                                 (757) 886-7912

Information: Deer Park is located on Jefferson Avenue, just south of J Clyde Morris Boulevard in the center of the city. The park has two entrances, at Robinson Drive and Groome Road.

The Boundless Playground is designed with all children in mind, including children with disabilities. It is the first barrier-free playground in the City of Newport News. Actually the park is about 70% accessible for children with disabilities. There are camellia, azalea and rhododendron plants which are beautiful in the spring. Public restrooms are available. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

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Virginia Beach

JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for EveryBody

100 2nd Street                                                                           Virginia Beach VA 23451

Information:Information: Listed as one of the top 30 best playgrounds in the nation, Grommet Island is a Virginia Beach oceanfront destination, an accessible beach playground and park for disabled children and adults. The park is the brainchild of Josh Thompson (JT) and his family. Thompson loved the beach and surfing from childhood, but in 2006, while still young, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease – which causes weakness and wasting away of the muscle. “Grommet” is slang for a novice surfer.

Designed for those in wheelchairs, people of all ages and levels of ability are welcome on the playground. It’s got something everybody and it’s a place where everyone can have a great day at the beach. The park features 15,000 square feet of ramps and decking a shaded play area, bench seating and areas to picnic. Soft play sculptures, accessible play equipment and cushioned play surfaces provide recreational opportunities.

grommet island aerial view

       Aerial view of Grommet Island

Special features include:

grommet isand riding the wave

Fun in the sun at Grommet Island

Photo courtesy of Cre8Play, the company who did the neat ife-like play structures at the park.

beach chair

The sand is no barrier at Grommet Island.

Kid’s Cove at Mt. Trashmore

300 Edwin Dr.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

Information: Don’t let the name put you off.  Mount Trashmore is an abandoned landfill that has been converted into a park. It’s a prime example of landfill reuse spanning 165 acres with hills over 60 feet high, over 800 feet long that has picnic shelters, basketball court, four volleyball areas, walking trails, and a world-class roller skate park. 

In this complex is Kid’s Cove a 26,000 square foot playground, fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and is barrier-free to accommodate all children with three distinct play areas.  It is a very popular park and is almost always crowded. Kid’s Cove has convenient parking, and the restrooms are close to the playground. They were very clean and there are toilets for the smaller children in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

Benches and picnic shelters are available throughout the playground.  Be aware the park doesn’t have enough shaded areas for parents to sit that are close to the play areas. So bring sunscreen and water.  On summer days, the playground equipment gets hot, so check it out before you let your children play. Hours vary according to the season, usually closing at dusk.  Be sure to pack up and leave before sunset as they will lock the gate and you won't be able to drive your car out.

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aerial view of Kid's Cove

Overview of Kid's Cove

Kid's Cove barrier-free playground

Kid's Cove barrier-free playground



My Place Playground

5301 Longhill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

Information: This playground includes all the features of a traditional playground with 12 pieces of equipment meant to accommodate children of all needs, such as swings and climbing equipment that were constructed to allow those with disabilities to access every aspect of the facility.  The 6000-square-foot inclusive playground for ages 5-12 is designed to welcome all individuals and families, regardless of ability. 

Link to video.

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Kidsburg at Mid County Park

3793 Ironbound Road                                                       Williamsburg, VA 23188                                                                (757) 259-5360

Information: Kidsburg offers a Jamestown theme, complete with ships and forts to keep children’s imagination active for hours. The park has 30,000 square feet of lighted play space with an accessible 17th century replica ship, cannon and canoe and is the perfect place to wear your little explorers out as they travel back to colonial times to explore the history of the English Colony. Sections of the park designated for different age groups. There is a smaller gated section for younger kids. The park has restrooms and an accessible multiuse trail.

Play structures by Cre8Play are universally accessible and complete with custom sounds including a cannon that goes ‘BOOM’ and a ship with sounds of the sea. The kids have the opportunity to role-play as pirates, captains and passengers of the ships. That's what makes this park unique as it has great equipment for the kids to play on and it allows them to use their imagination.

ramp to ship

Even the ship is wheelchair accessible

Photo courtesy of Cre8Play, the company who did the creative play structures at the park.

Special features for the accessible play area include:

ramp entrance to kidsburg

Accessible, innovative Kidsburg

accessible music play at kidsburg

Creative play and sensory activities are plenty at Kidsburg

Photo courtesy of James City County Parks



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