Below you’ll find a list (in alphabetical order) of parks and playgrounds…

Furzedown Rec is an incredibly popular hang out for kids of all ages. There’s a playground with a slide, baby swings, swings, monkey bars and a climbing wall for older kids, a skate park (which my toddler enjoys just as much as any teenager!) as well as tennis courts. With no dogs allowed it’s a great space to let your little ones run free without the fear of them treading in poo!

Morden Hall Road, Morden, London, SM4 5JD

A wonderful park that gives you a taste of the countryside without having to travel miles. The River Wandle runs through which is great for the kids to paddle in throughout the year. In summer the rose garden makes a fantastic place for picnics. There’s a decent play area with a pulley, stepping stones and balancing beams. Better for toddlers and up but still great. There is also a brilliant walkway through the nature reserve. And it’s only a short walk from here to Merton Abbey Mills and Dean City Farm.

London Road, Figges Marsh, outside Lavender Children’s Centre

A short walk from Tooting rail station. Good playground and in the summer the interactive water play area is excellent.

Tooting Common is a great place to take kids. It’s big enough that you don’t feel constantly surrounded by traffic. As well as the famous Tooting Bec Lido, there’s a large pond with ducks and swans, tennis courts, a cafe and two playgrounds! Tooting Bec Lido is open to the public from 1 May to 30 September 2019. There is a paddling pool for under 5s but please be aware parents/carers must supervise their children. Tooting Common Playground is located next to the tennis courts and is equipped with baby swings and small slide, plus lots for older children). Tooting Triangle Playground is located on northern part of Tooting Common. Here you’ll find baby swings and a roundabout. There is also a sandpit which is always open (bring your own bucket and spade).

Cranmer Terrace SW17 0QS

Has fun seated roundabout, baby swings, slide etc plus lots of low fencing/ropes enjoyed by babies starting to cruise around.

Upper Tooting Park, opposite Tesco on Balham High Road

Recommended by local parent with one word review: “sweet”. Great facilities for very young and older children, pirate ship-style climbing frame.