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

 

Cerritos Heritage Park – An island surrounded by a moat, with a kid-sized New England town. Plenty of ducks, plus a large playground area. 18600 Bloomfield Ave. (562) 916-8570. www.cerritos.us

 

Cerritos Liberty Park – A pirate ship playground featuring swings, slides, ladders, a small climbing wall and a water fountain. 19211 Studebaker Road. (562) 916-8565. www.cerritos.us

 

Costa Mesa’s Angels Playground – Universally accessible playground created for kids with special needs. TeWinkle Park, 885 Junipero. (714) 754-5300. www.costamesaca.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 – 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. (949) 724-6818. www.cityofirvine.org

 

Long Beach Marina Park – Waveless beach, known as Mother’s Beach, plus a playground, grassy areas with shade trees and watercraft rentals. 5839 Appian Way. (562) 570-3111. www.longbeach.gov/park

 

Long Beach Bayshore Playground – Fenced playground on the sand near waveless beach, plus play equipment and roller hockey rink. 54th Place/Ocean Blvd. (562) 570-1715. www.longbeach.gov/park

 

Long Beach Colorado Lagoon – Waveless beach, playground and picnic area. 5119 E. Colorado St., Long Beach. (562) 570-3100. 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. (949) 644-3151. www.newportbeachca.gov

 

Newport Beach Sunset Ridge – Playground, picnic area, memorial butterfly garden and overlook area. 4850 W. Coast Hwy. (949) 644-3151. www.newportbeachca.gov

 

San Clemente Universal Playground – Courtney’s Sandcastle designed for children with disabilities, includes castle-themed and ship-themed play structure and climbing rock. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa. (949) 361-8264. www.courtneyssandcastle.com

 

Santiago Park Nature Reserve – Giant slides, archery range, a lawn bowling center and The Santiago Creek Wildlife and Watershed Center with naturalist-led tours, information about local watershed, wildlife and cultural history. (714) 647-6902. www.tinyurl.com/santiagogiantslides

 

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

 

Start Your Own Playground – KABOOM is an organization that will assist individuals in planning, financing and building safe playgrounds (skate parks too) in child-rich, playground-poor neighborhoods. www.kaboom.org

 

The Coastkeeper Natural Garden – A children’s natural play area with an interactive trail in a 2.5 acre drought-tolerant demonstration garden. Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1560 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Orange. www.coastkeeper.org/coastkeeper-garden

 

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