Activities & Resources
Adventure Playground452in Berkeley, CA 94710
about Adventure Playground:
Situated next to the Bay alongside the Berkeley Marina, this wonderfully non-traditional playground is a little-known gem in the Bay Area pantheon of outdoor play spots. Filled with scraps of wood of all sizes and shapes, Adventure Playground is an invitation to build.
Around the fenced-in yard are towers, shanties, sheds, and buildings of every description built by young visitors. Children and adults may check out hammers and nails, hand saws, or paints and brushes with which to create their visions in plywood and board. Start your own project, or add onto the conglomerations begun by earlier carpenters.
In the middle of all the multicolored chaos is a thrilling rope slide. Children (and adults) climb a ladder to the top of a small tower and sit under a pulley attached to a tensioned steel cable. Climb aboard, gather your nerve, and fly downhill to land with a bump in a soft pile of sand.
The City of Berkeley Staff manage the construction and pass out tools. Children under seven must be actively supervised by an adult; older children may be dropped off for up to three hours for a fee of $6. The playground is free to all supervised kids.
Parties: Adventure Playground hosts birthday parties and other groups, but requires reservations at least two weeks in advance.
Summer Program: The playground is open every day through the summer and offers special programs: fishing, nature discovery, arts & crafts, creative building, and more. Parents fill out a registration form and must sign children in and out every day.
Note: Groups of five or more children must make prior reservations. All groups need to be supervised by responsible adults. Individuals can be dropped off only if they are registered to be in the playground without an adult. Parent must sign a waiver and pay the fee. Parents can bring friends of their children and drop them off together only if the friends' parents fill out a waiver too.