The 5 most fun themed playgrounds in Los Angeles

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.

Culver City Park in Los Angeles

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.

a kid playing at Reese's retreat

360 N Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena

+1 626 744 7311

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.

view over the city at Los Arboles Rocketship Park

5101 Calle De Ricardo, Torrance

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.

blue whale sculpture at Vincent Lugo Park

Prospect Avenue & Wells Street, San Gabriel

+1 626 308 2800

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.

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

+1 310 317 1364

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