The days of climbing in cardboard boxes and running through the sprinklers are over.

Today’s kids have more to explore.

Written by Erin Newman

Gavin Valdez and Lucas Realivasquez, both 4, try out their best Indiana Jones moves, leaping from the back of an excavated dinosaur at Mayfair Park in Simi Valley. The park has lots of faux fossils to excavate and explore. Below, William Realivasquez, 2, joins Gavin in an empty dinosaur egg. Now, where could that baby dino be . . . ?

Gavin Valdez and Lucas Realivasquez, both 4, try out their best Indiana Jones moves, leaping from the back of an excavated dinosaur at Mayfair Park in Simi Valley. The park has lots of faux fossils to excavate and explore. Below, William Realivasquez, 2, joins Gavin in an empty dinosaur egg. Now, where could that baby dino be . . . ?

Where-Young-AdventurersYoung adventurers wanted

Dinosaur enthusiasts will love Mayfair Park, located on a quiet street in Simi Valley. A simulated excavation site with faux dinosaur fossils ready to be explored has recently been added. The giant T. rex skeleton, dinosaur eggs and other bones buried in the sand are adjacent to a new tot lot with tubes, slides and a rock climber geared for children ages 2 to 5. Cross a footbridge for handball, volleyball and basketball courts and a fitness circuit.
Mayfair Park
2550 Caldwell St., Simi Valley
(805) 584-4400
www.rsrpd.org

 

 

 

 

Sprays of water send Isabelle Tanzman, 8, skyward at Rancho Tapo Community Park. Photo by Michael Coons

WATER PLAY

When summer starts to sizzle, take the kids to cool off in one of the community’s splash pads where they can stomp on water spouting up from the ground, shoot streams at their friends, or run under a rainbow of droplets while parents relax and watch the fun—unless they decide to join in, that is. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District’s two splash pads, one in Simi Valley and one in Oak Park, are open through Labor Day Weekend and are a welcome resource for families looking for a free activity on hot summer days. Check website for hours.

Baron Yager, 19 months, is delighted to get a splash in the face, while his buddy Georgia Manger, 16 months, keeps a safe distance at Oak Canyon Community Park splash pad.

 

Ryan Giardino and Kamran Ghafarzada, both 8, are seeing stars and keeping cool at the Rancho Tapo Community Park splash pad.

Ryan Giardino and Kamran Ghafarzada, both 8, are seeing stars and keeping cool at the Rancho Tapo Community Park splash pad.

 

 

 

Oak Canyon Community Park
5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park

Rancho Tapo Community Park
3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley
(805) 584-4400
www.rsrpd.org

 

 

 

 

brandonsACCESSIBLE FUN

Brandon’s Village at Gates Canyon Park is a place for children with disabilities to play alongside those with typical abilities on equipment that’s fun for everyone. Designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds, Brandon’s Village was built in 2006, a project  spearheaded by Calabasas attorney Dina Kaplan, whose son Brandon has multiple disabilities. Even though Brandon is now a 20-year-old, Kaplan still coordinates Brandon’s Buddies, a free monthly playdate at the park for children of all abilities.

Gates Canyon Park
25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Calabasas
(818) 880-6461
www.cityofcalabasas.com
Email: brandonsbuddies@pacbell.net

 

Lily Cota, 7, of Newbury Park plays on the equipment at Brandon's Village at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas, unhindered by the device she needs to help her walk.  Photo by Richard Gillard

Lily Cota, 7, of Newbury Park plays on the equipment at Brandon’s Village at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas, unhindered by the device she needs to help her walk. Photo by Richard Gillard

 

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