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 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.
my 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.
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.
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.
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!