Storybook Gardens feels (fittingly) like it came right out of a fairytale. Opened in 1958, the outdoor park features everything a child could want, from a pirate-themed playground to a ferris wheel and rock climbing wall. Drawings and statues of fantastical characters — including Mother Goose, Pinnochio and Humpty Dumpty — can be found throughout the park. Storybook has something magical for kids of all ages
Storybook Gardens is located along the Thames River in Springbank Park, which is 300 acres and the largest park in London. Nearby, you’ll find several nature trails and paths.
From season to season, Storybook opens up new attractions, including a winter skating trail and summer splash pad. For up-to-date information and details on Storybook Gardens, we recommend you visit their website. For information about other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends.
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Storybook Gardens is an award-winning park, receiving such accolades as “Best Tour Attraction” from the London Free Press and “Best Value, Family Attraction” from the magazine WestJet’s Up! Given just how much Storybook has to offer, the awards are unsurprising.
Families can start their day at the swings or carpet slide, both of which are located near the park’s entrance. From there, journey to the valley village playhouses. Here, your child can play with other children and use their imaginations to make the village come to life. Next, you can meet the characters Toad and Willow at the Wind in the Willows attraction. You can also brush up on your gardening skills at the Herb and Vegetable Gardens. Then, stop by Jack Frost’s Ice Cream Treats for a tasty snack. Finally, end your day at Pirate’s Island, which has a tower slide, toddler play area and giant net play zone.
Live musical performances and puppet shows are also common Storybook activities. Head on over to the Storybook Village Stage to catch a sing-a-long or story from a professional Storyteller. And if you need a break during your adventure, stop by the Children’s Peace Chapel or Frog Pond Lookout for some peace and relaxation. There’s also an outdoor picnic area where you can look for ducks, turtles and other wildlife.
Private parties can reserve one of two pavilions — The Windmill or the Backwoods — for birthday parties and other special occasions. You can also rent time at the skate trail, which is 250 meters wide and includes a children’s play village. Though only offered in the winter, this skating rink quickly gets reserved, so make sure to book your tickets in advance. Similarly, during the summer, head on over to the splash pad to cool down and have fun in the water.
Storybook loans out wheelchairs and strollers, and its outdoor walking area is paved, flat and wheelchair accessible. Storybook strives to encourage children’s literacy, interactive play and connections with nature. More than that, it wants to be a place where you can enjoy time with your loved ones, share in their imaginations and make memories as a family.