Playtime is a crucial component of learning and development for children. It’s a fun way for them to learn more about themselves and how they relate to the world. When kids are playing house or slaying imaginary dragons, they’re actually developing important life skills. Whether you want to help your kids build self confidence, learn how to share or get along with others, Los Angeles has some of the best playgrounds where kids can have fun while learning and growing.
Shane’s Inspiration at Griffith Park
4800 Crystal Springs Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
As the first universally accessible playground in the western region, Shane’s Inspiration is by far one of the most popular playgrounds in Los Angeles. The mission of Shane’s Inspiration is to promote diversity and give children of all abilities a place to play, interact and learn from each other. Shane’s Inspiration Playground sits on two acres of Griffith Park and consists of many fun playground elements that really stimulate kids’ imaginations. They can fly a plane, travel the galaxy and command a ship all from the same playground.
The Awesome Playground
5158 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Children up to 10 can enjoy this awesome indoor and outdoor playground, which features an inflatable course that spans 60 feet, a crooked play house, dolls, trains and much more. It even has a fun race track kids can use to race each other in kid-friendly vehicles. The Awesome Playground made LA Parent magazine’s Best of 2010 list the same year of its grand opening. The best part about this playground is its periodic Parents Night Out on select Fridays when parents can take a well-deserved break knowing their children are safe and having fun.
2030 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Located in an artsy part of town, Peekaboo Playland features and indoor playground with an ambiance that’s appealing to both kids and adults from the music playing in the background to the visual art decor. There are costumes for kids to play dress up, a retro play kitchen with a ’60′s register and moon bounce that uses a patented blower to minimize the noise level. The best thing about Peekaboo Playland is that outside food is welcome so you can bring lunch from any of the local eateries and enjoy unlimited ins and outs for the day of your pass.
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Under The Sea Indoor Playground
12211 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
This Los Angeles gem of a playground receives honorable mentions by the media. Kids let their imaginations run wild as they climb up sea castles, jump in moon bouncers and crawl through obstacles. The facility accommodates children of various ages with exclusive areas for babies and toddlers. The coolest thing about Under the Seas is the wall murals from the floor to the ceiling featuring pirates, mermaids and other sea life images.
1701 Marine Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
More that just a playground, this 16,000-square-foot facility is a godsend for health-conscious parents. Adventureplex has the best indoor playground in South Bay complete with mazes, zip lines and ball pits. While staff adventure leaders take the kids through ropes and rock climbing obstacles, parents can enjoy fun of their own with fitness class for adults featuring Zumba and a full body workout. The best part about Adventureplex is its promotion of healthy lifestyles for both kids and adults.
Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.