Tiny Vikings will dig the two maritime-themed areas—one for the smaller set (ages 2 to 5) and the other for bigger kids (ages 5 to 12)—at this universally accessible playground. In addition to the usual swings, slides and sandboxes, you’ll find bridges, crawling tunnels, climbing structures, spring toys, teeter-totters, musical instrument stations, sensory walls and more, all shielded by expansive sun shades. Adding to the awesomeness (unless you have a toddler who likes to race toward open water—thankfully there’s a lifeguard on duty), it’s right next to a tree-lined, 27-acre lake complete with waterfalls, bridges, geese and ducks and a footpath around the perimeter that’s perfect for strollers. There are also plenty of nearby picnic tables, barbecue pits and grassy areas for birthday parties. You can even rent bikes with trailers—or surreys that accommodate entire families—and strap your kids in for a pedal around the area.
|Venue name:||Anthony C. Beilenson Park + Lake Balboa|
6300 Balboa Blvd
|Opening hours:||dawn until dusk daily|
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