Outdoor Playgrounds

Bellflower Pirate Park – Pirate-themed playground features a fort and pirate-ship play equipment. Friendship Square, Bellflower Blvd. at Belmont St. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268. www.bellflower.org

Costa Mesa’s Angels Playground – Universally accessible playground created for kids with special needs. TeWinkle Park, 885 Junipero. (714) 754-5300. www.costamesaca.gov

Garden Grove Atlantis Play Center – A fully enclosed and gated four-acre playground themed after the lost city of Atlantis. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. The splash pad is open mid-June to mid-September. Special events throughout the year; park is also available for rental. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us

Huntington Beach Adventure Playground – Supervised playground features a pond with rafts and play structures, including a rope bridge, a mud slide and a fort-building area. Open June 19 – August 18, Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $3 per child (prices subject to change). Enter from the Central Library parking lot at 7111 Talbert Ave. (714) 842-7442. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov

Huntington Beach Gibbs Park – Green fields, picnic tables, playground and a butterfly park that includes a butterfly mural and educational life-cycle tiles. 16641 Graham St., Huntington Beach. (714) 536-5486. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov

Irvine Adventure Playground (949) 724-6818
Completely enclosed playground with sensory garden, tree house, slides and natural play areas including old-fashioned hand-water pumps to make mud. University Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine. www.cityofirvine.org

Long Beach – Colorado Lagoon features a waveless beach, playground and picnic area. 5119 E. Colorado St., Long Beach, (562) 570-3100. Bayshore Playground features a fenced playground on the sand near a waveless beach, plus play equipment and roller hockey rink. 54th Place/Ocean Blvd, (562) 570-1715. Marina Park features a waveless beach, known as Mother’s Beach, plus a playground, and grassy areas with shade trees.5839 Appian Way, (562) 570-3111. www.longbeach.gov/park

Newport Beach Peninsula Park – Playground and swings on the sand, plus a spider-web climber. A St. at Ocean Front E. www.newportbeachca.gov

Newport Beach Sunset Ridge – Playground, picnic area, memorial butterfly garden and overlook area. 4850 W. Coast Hwy. www.newportbeachca.gov

Stanton Harry M. Dotson Park – Large enclosed pirate-ship playground with learning boards and chess, two climbing boulders, and the Wet Saloon, interactive water play area. 10350 Fern Ave. (714) 379-9222, Ext. 270. www.ci.stanton.ca.us

Tustin Pioneer Road Park – Pioneer-themed play equipment, trail and water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3327. www.tustinca.org