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Adventure Playground

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Mud slides, raft on a pond, build a fort? Your kids will love this. I visited the Adventure Playground several times and my kids loved the adventure. Here is some information that you might need before heading there:

  • Everybody must be wearing closed-toe tennis shoes.
  • Make sure to bring a change of clothes and a change of shoes for the kids and yourself. Also, bring towels. Everyone will be completely dirty and wet after this fun outing.
  • The suggested age is 5-12, but I took my girl when she was two and she had a blast. But if you go with a young child, get ready to go in the mud as well (see picture).
  • The Huntington Beach Central Library is right next to the Adventure Playground. In fact they share the same parking lot. So you might want to stop at the library afterwards or just before. They offer toddler story time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays and preschool story time on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • The Shipley Nature Center is also close by, probably a 3 minute drive. You can go for a great walk or visit their great interpretive center. Just keep in mind that they close at 1pm.

Address:

Adventure Playground
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA, 92648

Hours:

Open from June 18 through August 18, 2017
Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm

Cost:

$3 per kid. Cash only!

SpraygroundThe Sprayground in Laguna Niguel is now open! This is the newest splash pad in Orange County and it is completely free. The splash pad itself is smaller than I had imagined but still a lot of fun.

I love that there are two super cute, brand-new play structures just outside the splash pad and also a beautiful woodsy area just behind it for the kids to explore. So that you know, there is not much shade inside the splash pad but there are some covered tables just outside the gate.

So you can definitely spend several hours enjoying the water, playing at the playground, exploring the woodsy area and having a picnic.

For hours, address, and more info, click here.

Pioneer Road ParkIf you are looking for a free place to cool down during the hot summer months, you might want to check out the western-themed Pioneer Road Park. It has a great water play area, two playground structures, swings, 3 chuck wagons, a large covered picnic area, and lots of greenery all around it.

The water area is a lot of fun with lots of spray features that come alive at different times such as pop-up fountains and water cannons.

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Hours:

The water play area is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor day from 10am until 4pm.

Address:

Pioneer Road Park, 10250 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA, 92782

Tips:

  1. If you want to escape the sun, there is a sitting wall around the water area that is mostly in the shade so parents can sit there while watching their kids have fun.
  2. When the water activities turn off you need to press a button to turn everything back on. So don’t think the splash pad is broken. Just look for the magic button.
  3. The parking lot is small, so I don’t even bother checking if I can find a spot; instead I park at the Salvation Army parking lot which is above and behind the park (if you are coming from Jamboree Rd, take Pioneer Road and then make an immediate left). There you can park next to the steps that take you down to the park.

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Activities close by:

The Pioneer Road Park is very close the Irvine Regional Park. So you might make it a full day of fun and visit both. FYI, at the Irvine Regional Park, you can avoid paying for parking on Tuesdays if you are going to the Farmer’s market which is from 9am to 1pm.