Playgrounds (for children)

mother's beach

Mother’s Beach

There’s lots to recommend Mother’s Beach — roofed picnic area, great kid’s playground, bar-b-que areas (I think, best check), calmer breeze since it’s not directly on the bay. But the water quality is always bad. It’s a marina backwater. Heal the Bay ALWAYS gives it low marks. Probably not the best place for sand sandwiches or dips in the water…

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Oakwood Recreation Center

Good for the ‘wood, from jungle gyms and kiddy swings to sports fields with bright lights for night games.

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ocean park playground

Ocean Park Playground

Ocean Front Walk & Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 9 Map Popular beach-side gathering place for local toddlers and parents. Nearby parking, food concession, beach rental and rest rooms.

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rose & ocean front walk playground

Playground at Rose & Ocean Front Walk

Near the north end of the boardwalk madness, this large, sandy playground is surprisingly peaceful, has lots of good stuff to go crazy on and containment for safety’s sake. It’s convenient by car, bike path or boardwalk. Rest rooms right there.

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Santa Monica Pier Playground

Santa Monica Pier Playground

On the beach just south of the pier. The full compliment of playground paraphernalia: swings, climbing ropes, monkey bars, a padded deck…rings even. Nearby restrooms. Grassy gymnastics field. Definitely enough stuff to tire out your brood.

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Norris Park Playground

South Santa Monica Beach Playground

Barnard Way & Sea Colony Dr. Santa Monica, CA 90405 Map Nice smaller and generally quieter beach-side park near the border of Santa Monica and Venice. Parking-adjacent. Rest rooms nearby.

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B-rad Park

Venice Breakwater Playground

Full-service kiddie park overlooking the breakwater. You can’t park anywhere too near, but it’s pretty sweet once you’re here. Rest rooms a short walk across lawn.

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