Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine opened in August 2009 when my kids were 4 and 8 years old. We were so excited to find an indoor play space with so many enriching play opportunities. Kids are naturals at creativity and imagination. There's really nothing parents need to do except stand-by and engage their kids with questions and pretend play -- even narrating their … [Read more...]
Central Orange County Playgrounds
Central OC playgrounds are in the cities of: Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar, Orange, Santa Ana, and Tustin.
Columbus Tustin Park in Tustin has a fun boat-themed play structure with wide, accessible ramps that make it easy for everyone to explore and enjoy some nautical fun. Directions to Columbus Tustin Park: Located at 14712 Prospect Avenue, at the northeast corner of Prospect Avenue and Irvine Boulevard in Tustin. Easily accessible from the 55 freeway by exiting at Fourth … [Read more...]
When I think of Newport Beach, I think of sailing and the ocean. Even their city seal sports sails, fish, and the ocean. So that's why it makes sense that the architecture of the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park (NBCC) should match that vision. The roofline looks like waves and when I walk into the park the paths wind and turn in a natural rolling motion. I can see … [Read more...]
Open year-round (10AM-DUSK) - except for City-recognized holidays - and completely free to the public. The Irvine Adventure Playground at University Park is home to many happy childhood memories. In the 1970s, it opened with one structure: The Shack. What came after was created by the children. This undated historic photo shows just how long the Adventure Playground has … [Read more...]
Marina Park in the Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula is the first harbor-side playground on the Peninsula. There is already Peninsula Park playground at the Balboa Pier and the smaller 38th Street Park and Newport Island Park, but I predict Marina Park will serve as a community hub for its location near the Balboa Fun Zone and upscale feel. Directions to Marina Park … [Read more...]