Odense Zoo, Odense zoo playground, playground, Monstrum

The playground at the Odense Zoo is, as to be expected, pretty wild. Kids can step into the mouth of a hungry lion and be transported to the African savannah. If they make it out in one piece they can climb up to the hut/lookout and then slide down one of two large slides to start playtime all over again. There are also giant blades of grass to maneuver and giant leaves to climb up. For little ones, there’s a kid-sized tour bus (because “driving” the bus never ever gets old to our tots) as well as plenty of sand to play around in and a little, ground-level castle.

Liseberg playground, Monstrum, kid friendly, amazing playground

If we ever take our kids to Gothenberg, Sweden, we are totally going to partake in the amazing fun at Liseberg playground (you can see the structure’s front in this post’s last photo). Crafted to include giant multilevel bird cages connected by bridges and featuring red nets that beg to be climbed, the airy structure is also flanked by two 60 foot slides! In a nod to the family who bought the Liseberg site and who also brought dahlias to Sweden, dahlias can be found on the rear exterior of the palace’. There’s also a small rosebud carousel!

Bermuda playground, Monstrum, kid friendly, kids entertainment

Built in Bermuda in 2014, the Eel and the Lighthouse playground is located adjacent to the National Museum of Bermuda. Perhaps running around at this playground will burn off some energy and get little minds ready to learn about Bermuda’s history. The only problem? No kid will want to leave this imaginative space, which features a replica of an actual landmark lighthouse located on Bermuda’s St. David’s Island. Entering the eel playspace is made easy through multiple points (including its mouth!). And escape is always possible through the lighthouse slide!

alphabet playground, playground, Monstrum, awesome playground

The alphabet playground may not be as grand or complex as some of their other structures, but we love the way Monstrum literally plays with oversized and colorful letters to turn them into a fun activity and climbing space. An upside down “y” forms a playhouse, and all of the letters are at interesting and challenging angles for kids to climb, balance on, and explore. A few of the letters even bounce on springs! Appropriately, the alphabet garden is located next to a library.

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easter island, creative play, play pretend, Monstrum

Nestled in the city of Denmark, the Santa Maria and the Easter Islands make a walk in the park into an all-day activity. Imagining that Marco Polo’s ship has wrecked on the Easter Islands, Monstrum created a leaning, broken ship that doesn’t have a single horizontal surface. Everything is meant to be climbed upon (including the fallen mast), and the slanted surface adds to the challenge. Ropes connect the Easter Island head with the ship, or kiddos can try their balance while moving across a rolling log. It’s not just the climbable front of the Easter Island head that is cool and interactive; the back has two levels of balconies and a slide from the second story.

playground, monstrum, the towers playground

The Tower of Copenhagen Playground was chosen as the city’s Best Children’s Experience, and it’s not hard to see why. Inspired by some of Copenhagen’s most famous buildings, there are also slides, rope crossings, and several structures for little ones to explore. Designed to get children interested in the local history, kids will also be challenged by numerous climbing opportunities and get to experience the views for high perches. There’s even a small planetarium!

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sperm whale, whale playground, Monstrum, kid friendly

Hmmm… which to do first: scooch inside the whale’s ribs and into his belly, or use the hand and footholds to literally climb your way up the whale’s side? Whichever way you choose, adventure awaits at the sperm whale playground in Denmark. Kiddos can admire (and learn from) the drawings depicting the whale’s insides on the structure’s interior while imagining what it would be like to actually be swallowed by a whale (like Pinocchio). For older kids, there’s even a rope to swing across to safety, although anyone can also take the double slide off the side.

tivoli, Monstrum, playground, Japanese Tower

Located at the Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center but accessible to citizens of Copenhagen in addition to hotel guests, the Japanese Tower is a three-story high climbing structure that pays homage to a tower built over one hundred years ago. Monstrum redesigned the tower to make it more play-friendly, but the company still showcases the original pagoda design and uses wooden apron planks to evoke the feeling of a naturally-inspired structure. Next to the tower, Monstrum also built three cupolas with lots of bars, steps, and opportunities to climb and hang.

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