The 5 most fun themed playgrounds
1) Culver City Park
This Scandinavian-designed jungle gym (made by the Danish company KOMPAN) doesn’t look like the usual playground setup, and it’s not. Instead, the odd shapes in bright primary colors are meant for kids to experiment with and figure out. There’s a pump for water play and a large climbing structure.
2) Reese's Retreat at Brookside Park
Located behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (you can watch the high divers practice from here), this pirate-themed playground will have your little ones exclaiming, ‘Shiver me timbers!’. The main play structure is a pirate ship with all kinds of climbing areas, a treasure hunt, and a sand-and-water area for younger children.
3) Los Arboles Rocketship Park
The center of this playground at the 6-acre Los Arboles Park is a 28-foot-tall rocket ship that provides a spectacular view of the South Bay and is over half a century old. While the rest of the playground has been updated, it’s wonderful that residents rallied to save this relic from the space age.
4) Vincent Lugo Park
Children (and adults!) can slide down a giant snail or through the mouth of a pink whale at this cheerful playground affectionately known as the Dinosaur Park. Mexican artist Benjamin Dominguez created these 15 delightful concrete structures by hand in 1965, and today they are on the National Register of Historic Places.
5) Malibu Bluffs Park
Located on a 6-acre park that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, this playground is appropriately ocean-themed. Not only is there a whale structure to play on, there’s a whale-watching station to see actual whales. Plus, there is a sand play area that steals attention away from the breathtaking view for a bit.
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