Adventure Playground is exactly what it’s name states–it’s the perfect place for kids to have an outdoor adventure. But it’s not your typical playground.
This unique destination is one of only three in the entire country. That’s right, only 3.
The concept originated in Denmark in 1943 to give kids boundless opportunities to let their imaginations run free in an outdoor environment.
All children need a space that they can call their own, a place where they can be loud, dirty, silly, spontaneous, and anything else they feel like. Adventure playgrounds can provide such a space even in the middle of a large city.
Lia Sutton, Adventure Playgrounds: A Children’s World in the City
Adventure Playland provides plenty of room for kids to build forts, get dirty, and endlessly enjoy unstructured play. It includes an impressive play structure, cement slides, giant legos, sensory garden, Snug Play loose pieces, craft area, art wall, and a creek with lots of mud puddles.
Is There an Age Requirement?
Kids of all ages are welcome; there’s truly something for everyone! The bulk of the activities are perfect for kids ages 5 and up, while babies or toddlers will likely enjoy the water play and sensory garden maze the most.
My daughter was 16 months old when my husband and I took her to Adventure Playground. Upon entering, we thought it might be better suited for older kids, but the sensory garden was definitely her favorite. If you bring your baby or toddler, just keep an eye on what they put in their mouths.
Where is Adventure Playground?
Adventure Playground in Irvine
Adventure Playground in Irvine is located on 1 Beech Tree Lane. It’s open daily from 10am to 6pm and closed on major holidays with early closings on Independence Day and New Year’s Eve.
Parking is free and restrooms are available on site.
Plus, it’s literally right next to University Community Park which has a library, volleyball courts, tennis courts, playground structures, and an open grassy field.
Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach
There’s also a location in Huntington Beach, but it’s only open during the summer from June 20 to August 19. It’s also free to the public.
No need to bring much to have a good time here, but do be sure your kids are wearing clothes they can get dirty. Towels and a change of clothes for after your time at the playground will come in handy as will a swimsuit in the summertime. Water, snacks and sunscreen are also a good idea. You may even want to bring a blanket and lunch to have a picnic.
A Grand Re-Opening
The City of Irvine put together a nice video about the grand re-opening of Adventure Playground:
The photo below from Michele circa the 1970’s shows the history of Adventure Playground in the city of Irvine: