The San Fernando Valley is the perfect place to raise a family. Good schools, nice neighborhoods and an abundance of playgrounds for kids of all ages. We’ve climbed to the top of the jungle gym to find the best indoor and outdoor playgrounds in the San Fernando Valley.

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Dearborn Park
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 363-3556

Hours: Daily – sunrise to sunset

The children’s play area at Dearborn Park is new and features the latest in equipment, including a state of the art jungle gym. There’s also lighted, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, so kids of all ages can enjoy the park’s amenities. Additionally, the park is stocked with plenty of picnic ares perfect for sharing a snack or hosting a birthday party.

The Sepulveda Basin Recreational Area
17017 Burbank Blvd.,Encino, CA 91316
(818) 756-8060

Hours: Daily – sunrise to sunset

Besides many different grassy areas and beautiful cherry trees, there’s a huge children’s playground, tennis courts and an indoor basketball court at The Sepulveda Basin Recreational Area. Across the street, the park features a golf course next to Lake Balboa where you can fish or rent a pedal boat. In the remote control area, families can spend hours flying their own plane or watching the regulars. There’s even a wilderness preserve to meander through filled with all sorts of wildlife from white egrets to bunnies.

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Kuki’s Playshop
1036 North Lake St
Burbank, CA 91502
323.205.KUKI (5854)

Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 .m. – 5 p.m.
Price: $10

Parents and their infants and toddlers love to visit Kuki’s Playshop and playground. This indoor playground was developed using research into the area of children’s play and learning. Offering a range of fun yet educational classes for both parent and child, an art studio, space for open and imaginative play as well as special events, Kuki’s is the new a new type of playground.  This indoor playground offers a safe and stimulating environment for your child to learn and play.

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The Playroom
14392 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 784-7529

Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
Price: Click here for packages

Known for being both clean and safe for children up to the age of 5, The Playroom features an indoor playground with toy cars, slides, those toddler favorites, ball pits, and inflatable house where pre-schooler’s can play. The Playroom even offers Spanish classes for both parents and their kids. Learn a new language and have a little fun at The Playroom.

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The Jungle Zone
826 N. Glendale Ave
Glendale  CA 91206
(818) 241-2900

Hours: Tues to Thurs – 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri – 2 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sat – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Price: Click here for price

Older kids will have a blast at this two-story indoor playground in Glendale. This Lazar tag jungle is perfect for everyone who is at least 44 inches in height. The 6500 square foot arena looks like a jungle complete with fog filled alley ways to keep your opponent on his or her toes. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, The Jungle Zone is also available for private parties.

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Susan Hartzler is a freelance writer living in Las Angeles. She is covering Family & Pets. Her work can be found at

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