La Veta Park in Orange has an expansive sheltered picnic area and fun toddler play area with a wide grassy lawn for running around.
Caspers Wilderness Park’s playground off Ortega Highway outside San Juan Capistrano has gorgeous views and an old-fashioned teeter-totter.
Oak Creek Community Park in Irvine provides lots of wide open space for running out the wiggles. Plus it’s great for family picnics!
OC playgrounds with shade covers – mostly in central and south Orange County. With recommendations on how to keep cool on hot days.
Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim is a forested paradise with fishing lakes. Feels like Yorba Linda, but actually in Anaheim. 6 playgrounds!
Rimgate Park in Lake Forest has a basketball court and tennis court, as well as grassy areas for play with one shaded playground.
Lake Forest Park playground isn’t much of a destination, but it’s the perfect place to use a starting point for a walk.