Like any parent of a toddler, I am pretty familiar with the parks in my area. We actually live across the street from a really nice one and we spend a lot of time there.
Besides our neighborhood park, there are a few other parks that Baby Bear really loves to go to and I think they are some of the best parks in the city.
FIRST PLACE: The Parks in Playa Vista
Playa Vista is a small community close to LAX (it’s where we did this earlier in the summer) and there are a number of parks there but the three below are my favorite. I lumped them together because they are relatively close in proximity and which one we visit just depends on our mood that day.
This park is really cool. There is a huge grassy area in front of a cool stage where Baby Bear and I like to have picnics and kick a ball around. Music is pumped through the speakers so we’ve been known to have a few impromptu dance parties as well. There are also a couple of awesome duck and koi ponds where we like to feed the fish. The play area is very interesting and admittedly, it took a while for me to get used to it. It’s very architectural so I actually had to have another child explain to me what some of the apparatuses were! It’s a nice departure from the usual play areas we visit and Baby Bear likes the change.
This park has a huge play structure, multiple swings and lots of other areas for Baby Bear to explore. One of her favorite spots is a big ship that moms and dads help rock back and forth.
Behind the LA Clippers Training Center, this gated park is smaller and quieter – perfect for a calm Monday morning visit. Baby Bear likes to play in the sandbox and use her sidewalk chalk to draw. I like this park because it has two separate play areas: one for older kids and one for younger kids. Parking can be a little frustrating at times (there are only a few spots in the lot) but other than that, this park is really great.
SECOND PLACE: Shane’s Inspiration - Griffith Park
This park is amazing. It has a humongous play structure and it’s known for being the first West Coast fully accessible disabled children’s playground. Even if the parks is crowded, there are so many places to climb and explore that Baby Bear never runs out of something to do. There is a small track where young kids can ride their tricycles or bikes and you can also take a slow moving train around a section of Griffith Park. That’s really fun!
THIRD PLACE: Douglas Park
This is a nice, traditional park located in Santa Monica. There is a wonderful play area that has apparatuses for older and younger children. There are swings and slides and bridges to cross. At this park, Baby Bear’s favorite area is the duck pond.
So those are my picks for some of the best parks in Los Angeles for toddlers. Do you know of any other really great parks in the city?