Adventure Playgrounds and Playworks

Adventure Playgrounds are unique parks where kids feel free and are encouraged to play, create, get dirty, and to get to know themselves!! I only know of a few in all of California, so please share with us if you know of any others!

Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground

Summer Hours: 

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5 PM  

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


160 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

The Adventure Playground is FREE to the general public.

Children under 7 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.

SCV Adventure Play Eureka Villa

It is currently open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.


28710 Madison St, Val Verde, CA 91384

Eureka Villa is home to an afternoon homeschool enrichment program and summer camps.

Adventure Playground Yorba Linda

(sold out this year but keep an eye out for next summer)


4579 Casa Loma Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Come join this fun-filled exciting and unique summer adventure where campers will play, imagine, and creatively build all while learning new skills, developing teamwork, building self-confidence and having fun! Whether campers are building forts, hammering, sawing, painting, treasure hunting, deciphering clues, completing challenges, playing games, earning AP money, or swimming in the mud pit, the adventure will never stop!

Adventure Playground Master Plan Public Workshops

Join us and help shape the future of Yorba Linda’s iconic Adventure Playground.  Adventure Playground has offered summer camp opportunities to children for the past 35 years and this one of a kind facility is aging.

The City is seeking input from residents on future site improvements and new program opportunities. Please mark your calendars and join us at these upcoming public workshops and help us shape the future of the program and share your vision.

All ages are welcome to participate in this exciting process of developing the Master Plan.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 6:30 PM (Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House)

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 6:30 PM (Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 6:30 PM (Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting-City Hall)

Adventure Playground Huntington Beach

Summer 2018 will be open June 18 - August 17, 2018.


In Central Park near the Central Library at 7111 Talbert Avenue, Youth Shelter, and Amphitheater.

Enter from the Central Library parking lot.

Irvine Adventure Playground


10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (daily)


1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612

The Adventure Playground is a drop-in facility and available for everyone to enjoy. Explore Adventure Playground's many amenities, including:

  • Tree House

  • Sensory garden

  • Climbing poles and stumps

  • Slides

  • Art wall

  • Kids fort zone

  • Meadows and natural play areas

San Diego Nature Exploration Area


In the Morley Field area of Balboa Park (2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104), directly south of the Balboa Park Tennis Club and about ½ mile east of the San Diego Zoo. 

This play area was designed with nature in mind. It’s a place where kids can explore, build and play in a safe, natural environment. The space features a fort-building area with natural building materials such as branches, reeds, pine cones and tree cookies (1” thick log rounds), along with a large log and boulder climbing area. Being adjacent to Florida Canyon hiking trails, it is the perfect starting point for a day of nature exploration.

If you want to read more about Adventure Playgrounds and the Playworks movement there is some great info in this article.

​While we are taking about Adventure Playgrounds, it reminds me of the upcoming

International Mud Day​!

Need more fun ideas for experiencing mud check out:

World Forum Foundation:

KODO Inspiring Exploration:

Woodland Trust Nature Detectives:

Growing A Jeweled Rose:

Little Bins for Little Hands:

Places to visit and events happening where you can get dirty:

All Areas:

Mud Factor Kidz Locations and dates vary:

Kids Obstacle Challenge:


Squaw Valley Kids Adventure Games:

JUNE 22 - 24, 2018


Kidspace Arroyo Adventure:

Rancho Los Cerritos Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe

4600 Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807

July 8 @ 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Irvine Lake Mud Run:

June 16, 2018

San Diego:

Nature Play Mud Day

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM