Fun at Adventure Playground in Irvine

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the boys and i are so excited that a new interactive park has opened in Orange County. Adventure Playground at University Park in Irvine is going to be the new favorite park of kids in the OC. we couldn’t wait to check it out, so we went over on opening weekend to get a glimpse of the new play space.

Adventure Playground in IrvineAdventure Playground at University Park in Irvine has been around since the 70’s, but in recent years has been closed to the community. it used to be a place where kids could build, play in the dirt and mud, and use their imaginations to play in nature. and although the new park is not the same as the original, the goal is still the same – to let kids play, roam, imagine and explore. it’s only one of three parks in the United States of this kind…what a treat to have it located in the OC.

i wasn’t sure what to expect, but when i first arrived at the park with the boys, my first thought was AWESOME…and that it was a lot different than i expected. there were some fun play structures….but there is also a lot of empty space and areas with mud, water and sidewalks. the entire park is landscaped with native plants and natural rock and wood structures for kids to climb and explore. and it’s completely enclosed besides the entrance, so you don’t have to worry about the kids getting lost while they play.

Irvine Adventure Playground Orange County Mom Blogmy boys immediately went to playing, totally in awe of everything they could do. to most adults it may look like there isn’t much to do, but there is! kids can build, dig, run, jump, hide, slide and best of all…get dirty. there are sand boxes, areas of mud and there are also water pumps. you probably want to bring a change of clothes for the kids just in case they choose to play in the mud, and definitely wear your grubbies when you go.

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and beware! even adults are going to want to join in the fun. Adventure Playground is a great park for parents to interact and play with their kiddies.

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check out some of the photos i took on our visit…

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we had a blast playing at the new park, and the boys can’t wait to go back. i see this being a favorite place to visit in the summer and all year round for that matter. you have got to check it out with your kids.

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Adventure Playground in located inside University Park in Irvine near the Library. there is a small parking lot located outside of the Adventure Playground entrance. it’s open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and it’s FREE!  there are always two staffed workers onsite if you need help or if there is a problem. if you would like more information on the new Adventure Playground in Irvine, head over to Fun Orange County Parks!

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Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach

Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach OCi have been wanting to visit Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach for a while now. and since we were in Laguna Beach last weekend, we decided it was the perfect time to check it out. the day was hot, and the kids were a little crabby, so they complained that we were heading to the park instead of heading home after a semi-long day. but once we arrived and they saw all that Bluebird Park had to offer, they were very happy and excited to go out and explore.

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Bluebird Park is located a few blocks north of Pacific Coast Highway off of Bluebird Canyon Drive and Cress Street. it’s a beautiful park with lots of play areas, shade and is somewhat enclosed so you can feel better about the kids running around. Nature Play Trips has lots of information on the details and amenities of Bluebird Park, so i am not going to get into those details on this post. i’d rather share our story in pictures.Best Bluebird Park of Laguna Beach

we parked in the back parking lot off of Cress Street and Temple Terrace and took the walkway that over looks the Bluebird Park into the park. Since Laguna Beach is an artist town, you will find that artistic charm has been encompassed into this park. it really is a special place to visit.Best Parks for Birthdays in Orange Countythe boys were excited to find fun slides along the walkway that they could slide down into the park from the top of the walkway. AWESOME!Bluebird Turtle Playground in Laguna Beachthe slide are nice a big, so it was a blast going down them over and over.Bluebird Playground in Laguna BeachFun Parks for Birthdays in Orange County
Bluebird Park has many different areas to play and enjoy different adventures, starting with this cool rocket ship play structure. this had to be one of the boys favorite things about the park.Epic Slide in Orange Countyi haven’t played on one of those since i was a little girl, and thought that most parks in California had banned these in playgrounds. but this rocket ship play structure is brand new, modern and most of all fun.Best Playgrounds in Lagunathere were also swings located next to it.

Bluebird Park of Laguna Beacheven day had fun of these. Best Parks for Kids in Orange Countyacross from the rocket ship play area, there is a large playground with different types of jungle gym equipment. there were lots of things to climb.

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things that go round and round. and make dad work very hard!

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plus a giant jungle dome!

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there is also another full playground area that has even more fun things to play on. this area is perfect for toddlers. the slides and steps are smaller, and there are swings for babies.

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one of the most iconic things in Bluebird Park is this rainbow mosaic turtle sculpture. it is unique and beautiful, and just make you smile looking at it. the boys begged my to take picture of them sitting on it.Turtle Playground in Laguna Beach Laguna Beach Turtle Sculpture
on the north corner of Bluebird Park, there is a quaint little pathway flanked with flowery shrubs that leads over a cute bridge, and a nice little shady area that is perfect for hide n’ seek. 
Bluebird Park Guide Laguna a big shady tree and tunnels to crawl through make this area feel like a fairytale. this might have been my favorite area of the park. it was quiet a serene. it made me wish i lived closer to this park, so i could enjoy some quiet afternoons here.Best Parks in Laguna

Bluebird Park also has a very nice bathroom area, in fact my husband said it was the nicest bathroom he had ever seen in a park. so you can be comfortable that there are facilities for your children at this park. reason number 99 that this park is great.Bluebird Park Amenities in Laguna
if you happen to be in Laguna Beach, or are looking for a great park to enjoy the day at, Bluebird Park is a fun one. unique, different and full of charm. it’s one of the reasons why i love exploring Orange County. there are always new places to discover and something fun to do. Bluebird Park in Laguna

Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach

I know i post this every year, but this is seriously one of my kiddies favorite places to go! We are very excited that Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach is open for the summer! It’s a mud park for kids in Central Park, Huntington Beach. But before you read ahead…you may want to read this post first: 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE YOUR KIDS TO ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach

Here are pictures from one of our trips a few years ago, in case you missed it: 

We went to Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach. paradise for kids who like to get dirty, play in the mud or build things. i have been trying to take my boys there since last year. I actually remember going when i was little.

So, we finally made it to Adventure Playground. I wasn’t sure what to expect because i couldn’t find much info about it on the internet. but you should have seen my boys eyes when we arrived. rope bridges, mud slide, tire zip line, forts to build with tools, a lake with rafts to float around on. just like Tom Sawyer. Little boy heaven…..although there were even more girls there.

We got there around 1:00 when all the day camps were leaving. The weather was great…not to hot. I guess this june gloom lasting into july can have benefits once in awhile. It cost $3 per child…a great deal! We went with a small group of friends and enjoyed ourselves for almost 3 hours.

Here are some pictures from our adventurous day

This is the pond where you can float around and balance on a raft. it is not deep at all, maybe 2 feet. This was the little ones favorite activity.

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Then there was the building area where you can check out real tools. saws, hammers and nails. If you use all your nails, you can earn more by helping clean up. This was the boys favorite activity. you could tell they had dreams of building grand forts. *wink*

Don’t forget the mud slide…..wheeeeeeeeeee!

And even little girls can have fun! look at this little cutie who tagged along with our group of boys. What a fun, fun day it was.

And of course, we always return a few times each summer!

Details about Adventure Playground

(Updated June 2019)
• 2019 season starts June 17 through August 16, 2019
• Open monday-saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm, play ends at 3:40 for clean-up (closed sundays & july 4th)
• $4.00 per child fee is charged.  All adults 16 and older are free. CASH ONLY
• suggested age is 5-12 (the 3 & 4 year old in our group loved it)
• There are picnic tables for eating
• There are no places to lock up valubles
• Everybody must wear closed-toe tennis shoes (no sandals, water shoes, Crocs, shoes without tongues, toe-shaped running shoes are allowed)
• You will get dirty….adults too
• Prepare for dirty kids, showers and changing area available (very rustic LOL)
• (714) 842-7442 or (714) 536-5486
click here for website.

Location of Adventure Playground
Adventure Playground is located in Huntington Beach off of Goldenwest, in the same parking lot as the Huntington Beach Central Library. Park and then walk up the hill. Click here for a map.

 P.S. Parents, plan on playing with your kiddies. some activities need parents help.