Family holidays with young children nearly always include trips to playgrounds. Visiting a playground can be a good motivator for getting out and visiting an area. It can be a reward for some time spent sightseeing. Holidays are for kids and not just adults which means finding a balance of activities to suit everyone. Children play with other children no matter what the language, which often leads to parents chatting too. It’s a great way to meet locals. All in all, spending time at a playground can be a fun part of a holiday not a chore, so I’ve put together a list of playgrounds around Roquefort les Pins and in sightseeing hotspots on the Côte d’Azur.

Playground in Roquefort les Pins

playground in Roquefort les Pins Côte d'Azur

This playground is only tiny but it’s shady and walking distance from Lou Messugo. Being located right by two schools it gets busy when school comes out at 4.30pm.

There is a cute little swap book box near the school gate where you might find a fun book to practice your French! And on the walk home you can grab an ice-cream at Akoté or Jeff de Bruges chocolate shop, or stop for tea and cakes at Chez Honoré bakery.

Good to know: there are no public toilets in Roquefort but if your little one can’t make it back home there are loos in the mediathèque/cinema and medical centre (pôle santé) (just hope they don’t need to pee on a Sunday as both are closed!)

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Playground in Châteauneuf de Grasse

swing and see-saw in Châteauneuf playground Côte d'Azur

A natural wooden playground on gravel with a swing which is reasonably rare in this area, located between the secret perched village and a delicious homemade ice-cream shop. Explore the quiet sleepy alleyways of Châteauneuf, have a play in the playground and finish with a local ice-cream. All within 15 minutes’ drive of Lou Messugo.

Good to know: there’s no shade so this playground can be hot in summer but there is a toilet and a drinking water fountain.

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Villeneuve-Loubet – Two Play Areas

natural playground in Villeneue-Loubet

Choose between a leafy wooden natural playground or a regular brightly coloured one after an amble around the pretty medieval village or a stroll along the banks of the Loup river.

The natural playground is located opposite the sports hall and skate park, where you can park. There is no parking right by the playground.

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play park for young kids on the Côte d'Azur

The regular playground, Jardin Artusi, is located on the Loup river next to the pétanque pitches and main central car park. It is particularly nice for toddlers as their section is very shady.

There are lots of cafés near Artusi playground, whereas the natural park is a bit out of the way. Both these parks are about 15 mins from Lou Messugo.

Good to know: there is a public toilet close Artusi playground and a dry toilet in the car park near the mediathèque not too far from the natural park.

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Valbonne Playground

slide and climbing frame in Valbonne playground

A visit to charming Valbonne is an absolute must when staying at Lou Messugo. Its Friday market is legendary and its pretty pedestrianised centre is so picturesque you’ll pinch yourself, but these charms may well be lost on very young children. This is where having a good playground is a godsend! (And it’s conveniently located by the main carpark).

babyfoot table and ping pong tables in Valbonne playground

The play area is quite extensive covering a shady part for younger kids and a good slide for the older ones. It also has a basketball court/football nets, table football (“babyfoot” in French), ping pong tables and outdoor gym equipment so it should cover all ages.

If you think you might like to use the ping pong and “babyfoot” we can lend you bats and balls (which are not otherwise provided).

Good to know: it is next to the primary school and it is closed on Mondays until 3.30pm for the school’s exclusive use.

Location of Valbonne playground

Polygone Riviera Shopping Mall

wooden climbing frame in playground at Polygone Riviera

Combine a spot of retail therapy for the older members of the family with a play in the fun marine-themed playground tucked behind the building with the big head in the landscaped shopping centre, 15 mins’ drive from Lou Messugo.

Polygone has lots of food choices, super clean toilets, dancing fountains, a pretty stream with nature trail, padel courts, a multiplex cinema and sculptures dotted about by well-known artists such as Antony Gormley. Plenty to do for the whole family even if shopping isn’t your thing.

Good to know: parking is free for 2 hours, check out the location here

Read my guide to shopping with teenagers on the Riviera

Playground in Opio

playground with picnic bench

This is one for the whole sporty family! Opio playground is in the middle of a sports park. There are several fun structures to climb and play on for all ages.

You’ll also find outdoor gym machines, a basketball court with football goals, and loads of flat open grassy space on which to run around, throw frisbees, kick a ball and learn to ride a bike. The whole place is encircled by a running/walking track with a fitness circuit.

Good to know: there’s a drinking water fountain near the entrance and public toilets but no cafés nearby. Bring your own snacks!

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Playground in Antibes

Antibes is a gem of a city to visit when staying on the Côte d’Azur and is the location of one of our favourite child-friendly beaches, so it’s worth knowing that it has a fun playground with a merry-go-round right at its heart.

Located next to the post office in a pretty central square, this playground is surrounded by ice-cream shops, cafés and shops of all kinds including the lovely French children’s clothing store “Du Pareil au Même”.

Good to know: there is a free shuttle bus from the car park by Fort Carré on the far side of the port.

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Playgrounds in Nice

Naturally a city as big as Nice has lots of playgrounds in its various neighbourhoods. Here I’m going to show you 3 of the best that are located in tourist areas.

Promenade du Paillon

Promenade du Paillon playground in Nice

This gorgeous park separates the old town from the “new” and makes the perfect place to break your sightseeing day out. There’s a fabulous play area with a huge whale and other marine creatures such as octopuses carved from wood. It does get very busy, but kids love it.

Next to the play area are the famous fountains that make the perfect cooling off spot if you don’t want to go to the beach.

Why not grab a “pan bagnat”, the most niçois of sandwiches from Chez Félix (some consider this the best pan bagnat in Nice) and eat it on a bench while the children play.

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Good to know: pack a towel to dry off after splashing in the fountains.

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Colline du Château (Castle Hill)

playground with wooden castle in Nice

Going up to the top of Castle Hill is a must-do in Nice, for the wonderful views across the city, the port and the Bay of Angels. The name is a misnomer as there is no castle, just a few remains which are unlikely to interest any child…But there’s a good play area with a funky wooden castle to climb in and a large spiderweb climbing net.

There is a snack bar and public toilets.

Good to know: there is a free lift behind the Hotel Suisse at the end of the Quai des Etats Unis if you don’t want to climb the significant number of steps.

Here’s the location of the park

Parc Phoenix

play area in Parc Phoenix in Nice

Parc Phoenix is a little different from all the others in this guide as it’s only free for 11 and under. Adults pay 5.50€ and 12-18 pay 3.20€ However, it’s not just a playground, it’s also a small zoo and large glass house with tropical plants.

Its location by the airport makes it a good place to pass the time before or after check-in/check out at your accommodation, but it’s also worth a visit in its own right, not just to kill time. Kids love this park with wallabies, crocodiles, flamingos, monkeys, parrots and more.

There is even a small “accrobranche” (“Go Ape rope climbing trail) inside the park (for an extra fee).

There is a café and toilets and plenty of picnic areas if you bring your own food.

Good to know: the 650 bus to Nice from Roquefort les Pins terminates at the entrance to Park Phoenix, making it very easy to get to by public transport.

Location of Parc Phoenix

Please feel free to add any recommendations for playgrounds on the Côte d’Azur in the comments. My children have long outgrown them and there may be some gems I haven’t come across.

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