Fun Giant Slides at Santiago Park Nature Preserve in Santa Ana

Parks With Slides in Orange County(Update: Unfortunately, the giant slides have been removed from the park.) it’s always fun to find fun hidden gems in Orange County. these giant slides can be found tucked into the hillside of Santiago Park Nature Preserve in Santa Ana. they are super long and probably some of the last old-school playground slides left in Orange County. Santiago Park Nature Preserve is a fairly large park located in the northeast corner of Santa Ana near the Discovery Cube, you can even walk there from The Cube. so if you are ever in the area, stop buy and check out these fun slides.

Santiago Park Nature Preserve is right across the street from my son’s orthodontist, so we are able to stop by every month or so and play. the slides are pretty awesome. the park is also large, with hiking and bike trails, a few playgrounds, a couple of run-down areas, and the Santiago Creek Wildlife and Watershed Center. there is also a large watershed that divides the reserve. most of the time, it is dried up, but when it rains, the water gets flowing pretty good, so be careful. a bridge near the lawn bowling center can help you get across to both sides of the reserve.

we visited the park during winter break, and had  pretty fun time exploring. the boys love checking out nature part of the park, so this time we didn’t go to the main playground. we decided to climb around on the old trees and check out what is left of the old playground that has been there for ages.

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then we headed over to the giant slides. you will find the giant slides next to the Santiago Creek Wildlife and Watershed Center on the east side of the park. i just loved the beautiful natural landscape and large shade trees growing all over the reserve.

the best way to visit the giant slides is to either park near the center, where the slides are located, or you can take the hike over to them on the hiking trails and over the bridge. it is easiest to just drive into the Santiago Creek Wildlife and Watershed Center off of Memory Lane and park though.

Trails at Santiago Parkhere is the Santiago Creek Wildlife and Watershed Center.Santiago Creek Nature Centerand here are the giant slides!  there are two of them…and oh so much fun.Giant Slides in Santa Ana
there is a staircase between the two slides, and once you reach the top, it’s time to SLIDE!!!!

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some people like to bring pieces of cardboard to slide down on. i think it makes you slide a little faster. but we always have fun without. the boys went again and again, and even the hubby enjoyed them a few times.

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the giant slides at Santiago Park Nature Preserve are super fun, and i recommend stopping by when you are in the area. they are something that we look forward to visiting when we are in the area. so fun!!!!!

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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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. 

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i love this park in the summer and so do my kids. so what’s so fun about it? well, it has two giant playgrounds, cover wagons to play hide ‘n’ seek and best of all…a water feature for the kids to run around and get wet! super, super fun. be sure to pack a lunch, the towels, sunscreen and bring your sunglasses (there really isn’t shade). i actually always bring my beach umbrella. and be prepared to get wet. this is one of my favorite summer pastimes.
Pioneer Road Park is located in North Tustin. 10250 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA 92782.
happy playing!
jill, jack and kyle