Lately with all the warm weather the kids and I have been park scouting fools. There are just so many parks out there, waiting to be explored. It is fun to see all the new innovations in all things playground related. Most have swings and slides but some have something different. Something exciting and new. Northwood Park in Irvine is no exception.
The standout at Northwood is the castle. Its a fortress around the playground where kids can climb the stairs to the top and play chase or princess in distress. Ben loved rolling his ball along the castle floor and chasing it. Mari just loved running its length over and over again. The entire upper portion has a safety gate around it except for a small opening for a fire pole so you can feel safe having your kids play up high and they can feel so big with their view of the entire playground.
In addition to the castle there are a bunch of play structures clustered together, each aimed at a different age range. The area around the play structures is mostly covered in that rubber stuff but there is also plenty of sand for the kids to play in as well. There is a multi use room, bathrooms, ball fields, and even a handball court so you can bring your rubber ball and relive you elementary school glory days. There are also picnic tales and barbeque pits. Northwood would be a great place for an afternoon picnic. Overall I give this park two thumbs up. My kids loved it and I know we will be back. Yet another great example of an Orange County park!
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