Gigantic crocheted alligators, luminous glowing water spurts, and more.

All this sunshine and warm weather has really got us pining for our youth—you know, when we could play outside for an hour in the middle of the day for recess. Yep, those were the good old days.

It’s been many years since that sunny nostalgia was a reality, and playground design has come a long, long way. Standard wood-chip covered parks dotted with tire swings and possibly hazardous monkey bars are artifacts of the last millenium. For today’s roundup, we’ve found some truly innovative and unusual playgrounds that would cause your inner child to start jumping for joy. From a colorful crocheted alligator, to a surreal, warping jungle gym, to a playground made out of recycled iron drums, these outdoor fun zones will have you wishing you were still 10 years old. But what the heck, go play on them anyway!

The Water Playground
Designed by RS+ Robert Skitek
Tychy, Poland
Learn more about this project in the Architizer database.

The Brumleby Playground
Designed by Monstrum
Copenhagen
Learn more about this project here.

Woods of Net
Designed by Tezuka Architects
Hakone, Japan
Read more about this project here.

Imagination Playground
Designed by Rockwell Group
New York City
Learn more about this project in the Architizer database.

Crocheted Jacaré Alligator Playground
Designed by Olek
São Paulo
Learn more about this project here.

Blaxland Riverside Park Regional Playspace
Designed by JMD Design
Sydney
Read more about this A+ Award Winner here.

Lion’s Park Playground
Designed by Rural Studio
Greensboro, Alabama
Read more about this project here.

Wikado Playground
Designed by 2012 Architecten
Rotterdam
Read our previous posting about this project here.

The Forest of Cherry Blossoms at Moerenuma Park
Designed by Isamu Noguchi
Sapporo, Japan
Read more about this project here.

PlayDome Bristol
Designed by Arc2 architecten
Bristol, UK
Learn more about this project in the Architizer database.

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.

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