Berkeley | Adventure Playground

Take a quick glance at the photos below (ignoring the title text!) The place may look like a large junkyard. But in this junkyard, kids can have a hammer, saw, and paint like it’s Neverland! Zipline across the yard passing by two boats, and you can pretend to fly like Peter Pan. Gather your kids, be prepared to get dirty, and let your imagination run wild! Welcome to Berekely Marina’s Adventure Playground!

Adventure Playground

Address:

160 University Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94710

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Adventure Playground is a 40 year old park, located in heart of the Bay Area, sitting at the edge of the Berkeley Marina. With FREE admission, parents with older kids, have a park open to creative hands, and open to imagination. Written as one of the Top 10 Best Playgrounds in the National Geographic, Adventure Playground has won the heart of many parents and children.

There’s fun in the simple things. A wonderful way to exercise cause and effect with our children. Parents (moms in general) come in your dirty/gym clothes, this isn’t a place to look cute, but to get down and dirty with your kids, grabbing a hammer, nails, and some paint!!

Explore the playground, adding additional details with the wood located in the back. Add on to the already built playground, or find an open space, and create something on your own.

Open during the weekends during the school year, but open all summer months long! Adventure Playground was a destination as my family had our annual summer visit to the Bay Area, while we stayed in San Francisco. My boys (ages 6 & 10), had an excellent time, where we didn’t want to leave. I was so unprepared, not knowing my children wanted to stay hours until closing.

Be Prepared During Your Visit!:

  1. Dirty Clothes/Gym Clothes
  2. Sneakers/Tennis Shoes
  3. Bring Extra Clothes
  4. Baby Wipes
  5. Snacks! Already prepped lunch!
  6. Cooler – Water bottles/Juice Boxes!

My boys loved working with the hammer and saw (mommy – overlooking everything.) NOTE, this isn’t a place for young young children. Seriously, this park is definietly for the older kids. But whatever parenting style you are (helicopter, ghost, no-boundaries) your children will have fun regardless!!

Overall, I can see why this is ranked as one of the Top 10 Outdoor Playgrounds in the nation. You can come knowing that your kids will get dirty and might rip their clothes, and with having two boys, that is the most important thing. Knowing that you’re kids will have FUN!! Adventure Playground in Berkeley  is just another reason why I love the Bay Area so much!!! Wish I had this as a child! My boys are so lucky their mama will always find a time to take them when in town!

 

Exploring Potrero Hill

All you already khow every time I visit the San Francisco, my husband and I always book in Potrero Hill. The neighborhood feels alive during the day despite being mostly residential, which is WHY WE LOVE IT! There is a steady sidewalk culture of people coming and going. Mama’s pushing strollers, people walking to work down to the Design District (that’s where my husband works!), and other constant foot traffic of people going the the Mission District, DogPatch or Soma. It’s also in between to two hospitals (Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.)

There are just enough amenities that you can walk to right out our door to buy wine, take the kids to a park, or sit at a sidewalk table for lunch. SF locals who have lived in the Castro, Cole Valley, Mission, South of Market, Hayes Valley, and even the Richmond District  — all bustling and vibrant parts of town —but none of them feel as homey as Potrero Hill.

During our weeks stay, the husband went to work, and the kids and I explored the neighborhood. Obviously, this wasn’t our first time here, but the location of the Airbnb was new. A new street, we haven’t been on, and a few other street views we haven’t seen just yet.

One afternoon the boys and I were walking up to an open space to get a better view of the city, and we stumbled upon the ‘Little Free Library,’ bookhouse along the way. This house was so adorable, we actually have one in our neighborhood in Sacramento, its definietly a cool program, especially during the summer. The little library was like a large bird house with a glass door. Just a few selected books are placed in there catering those who enjoy love novels, travel, cook books, business, and also kids books for toddlers, and elementary school aged.

The Aibnb I stayed at, had an amazing selection of San Francisco books as well! One of my favorites was Victoria Smith’s (sfgirlbybay) book! I’ve been following Victoria for years!! I still remember the day’s of reading her blog, getting so inspired to just snap a few shots in San Francisco, and just uploading them to my own desktop as wallpaper!! YES! BEFORE INSTAGRAM!!!

Internationally popular design blogger SF Girl By Bay comes the ultimate love letter to San Francisco. This gorgeously photographed lifestyle guide gives the reader an insider’s tour of the City by the Bay through Victoria Smith’s unique lens. Organized by neighborhood (like Potrero Hill), each chapter features enchanting photos of hidden corners, local color, landmarks, and hot spots!!!

See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay

Follow Victoria on her other social platforms, so m u c h eye candy! You’ll love it!!

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By: Victoria Smith (sfgirlbybay)

You can get your copy of ‘See San Francisco..’ on Amazon Prime | HERE |

As my boys and I continued our walk around Potrero Hill we walked toward the Starr King Open Space, along 23rd, and up the hill towards Carolina. Star King Open Space, a lesser known “park,” with a great view! While not technically a park, the area is protected from development and meant to be enjoyed by the entire community, including the wild animals. 

Where it’s located: Near 23rd and Carolina streets in Potrero Hill.

While everyone loves Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, San Francisco also has over 220 parks and open spaces! If I wasn’t staying in Potrero Hill, I would’ve never found this hidden gem! Thanks to my Airbnb host who provided the cutest tiniest book about Potrero Hill, and all it’s cool happenings!