Friday, January 16, 2009

Northwood Park, Irvine

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.

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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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For more information on this park check out Fun Orange County Parks!

10 comments:

Helene said...

Wow, those are some really awesome parks you took pics of!! I'm always on the lookout for good parks to take my kiddos too! They always look forward to going somewhere new!!

I found you through Mom Twitters! Glad to meet another twin mom!!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow I wish we had parks like that around us! Heck warm weather here would even be a blessing. Knock on wood the snow hasn't come back :).

Stopping by from SITS :)

Helene said...

Sharlene, it must be a really small world! I know Lisa!! Well, not in person....but just through blogging! I also told her about a Yahoo group I'm part of called Moms of Multiple Multiples and she's part of it now too. It's a great little network for us!!

The Eadle Family said...

I wish we had better parks around here. :(

Sheri said...

Loving all of your outdoor park pictures. It will be a while before we can do that again. Can't wait. Until then I will live vicariously through you.

Maki said...

Oh my goodness - What a dedicated parents you both are!!! I do take my girls to parks and places where they can have fun, but I totally need to put more thought on it. I learned so much from you just visiting today..

Thank you so much for supporting my big day past Wednesday - I'm sorry it's taken me forever to say hello...

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend with your family and stay in touch!!!

xo

Tamara Mitchell said...

I love that you are adventuring out and finding new places to go! I can't wait to hear how things went this morning :-)

Corey~living and loving said...

Visiting from SITS! LOve the statement in your header. I am all about living and loving every minute of it with my daughter. This looks like a GREAT park. We have nothing like that here. We ventured out just yesterday to find a new park....it was awful...and muddy, so we ended up at an old one that we love.
Have a great rest of your day! You have a lovely blog here.

* TONYA * said...

Looks like a great park. Big too. Me likey.

Cheryl Lage said...

I LOVE the colors of that park! So bright and cheerful. :)

And thank you so much for your kind comments on our current situation. So appreciated!