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12 Playgrounds That Are Sure To Freak Your Kids Out

Playgrounds are the epitome of childhood fun. Innocent, carefree, childhood fun. 

Well, except these playgrounds and parks, which look like they came out from the gates of hell.

From crazy looking statues to inappropriately placed slippery dips, these are the world’s worst playgrounds that are sure to ruin any child’s day. We even found a park full of penises. Because parks and penises clearly belong together.

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Most of these playgrounds hail from Sweden, Germany, Russia and South Korea, where children obviously don’t scare as easily as ours do. Perhaps the term ‘child-friendly’ means something entirely different over there…

Fairy Tale nightmares

troll statue in playground

Oh look, kids! This park has a giant gremlin crawling out of the sand, ready to eat you. And the thing has already managed to trap a child in its claws. What a lovely place to stop for a picnic and a play!

Banana rider

banana slide

Two happy thumbs up for phallic playground equipment!

Clownin’ around

clown slide

Slide into even more fun with this cheerful clown, who is delighted to have your kids climb into his pants and take a ride on his equipment.

Nothing inappropriate about this slide. Nothing at all.

Sky high fun

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Who wouldn’t want to play at this park, conveniently located on top of this tall building? Fencing not included.

A park full of penises

penis park

Only in South Korea would you find a park that is dedicated to dicks. No jokes. Lie on them, sit on them, take a selfie with them. There is no limit to what you can do at Penis Park.

Circle of fun

awful play equipment in world's worst playgrounds

Some playground architects like to stick to the traditional equipment when designing their parks. You know, like monkey bars, and slides and swings. Then there is this park, which includes a circle of creepy creatures with steel bars coming out of their butts and mouths.

The fact that the people are naked really adds to this architectural masterpiece, don’t you think? It’s like bestiality meets playground porn.

Leap frog gone wrong

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Oh wait, it gets worse on our list of world’s worst playgrounds. Because here we have a lovely statue of children playing with each other.

Face your fears

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Let’s move away from the inappropriate and into a new realm of fear with this array of playground equipment that just screams “fun”. Run away, children, RUN AWAY!

Little Boo Creep

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Perhaps after you stop off at the soul-stealing playground above, you would like to make friends with this lovely lady in the bright blue dress.

Never mind the black eyes and freaky smile. Or the bleeding heart on her chest… she’s really nice. We promise.

Dying to play

skeleton climbing dome world's worst playgrounds

Or head on over to this delightful dome, where you can combine your love of human remains with the thrill of climbing.

Monkeying aroundworld's worst playgrounds

Don’t worry. We’ve saved the best for last. Because nothing says ‘creepy playground’ quite like a swing set complete with beheaded monkeys.

Whatever happened to normal-looking playgrounds? They do exist, just not on this list! Have a look at the Glenelg Foreshore Playground which hits the mark for kids of all ages. 

Top image source: Reddit

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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