Bill Barber Memorial Park's true name is Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. Colonel William E. Barber died in April 2002 not far from the park which bears his name. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery having served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Colonel Barber received the Medal of Honor from President Truman for his bravery in Korea when he led "his troops … [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.
Eisenhower Park sits at the base of Seal Beach Pier. The intersection of Main Street and Ocean Avenue is a great spot to start your exploration of Seal Beach. For those who may be wondering, piers are for strolling. You're at the beach! Take it slow and enjoy the scenery. Your kids will spot everything from surfers, to swimmers, to starfish and shellfish on the pier … [Read more...]
Northwood Community Park or Castle Park Irvine has an ACTUAL cinder block castle. It's just an amazing park, not ordinary in any way. Here, kids can get lost in their imagination as they use the castle to play knights, dragons, kings, etc. Incorporates a creative variety of play areas with equipment unique to this location. Location: On Bryan Avenue between Culver and … [Read more...]
Sweet Shade Park is one of Irvine's city parks. It's tucked off Harvard Avenue near the Villages of Columbus neighborhood. The bright blue geometric play structure caught our eye as we drove by back when the neighborhood was being built. Location: It's off Harvard Avenue which runs parallel to Jamboree Road. The easiest cut overs from Jamboree are Warner or Barranca. … [Read more...]
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...]