Summer is here and Field Trip Mom is out in force going to the first of many learning adventures for the summer. Today’s adventure found us driving down the 405 freeway to Huntington Beach. We decided to take our adventure to the dirtiest adventure we could find and what better than Adventure Park in Huntington’s Central Park. This park is a summer time must with several exciting features.
Central Park is located near the cross street of Goldenwest and Talbert. As we entered the park, the parking lot is mostly covered with the state of the art solar panels allowing for renewable energy to all of the components of the park. Inside the park, is a large lake, jungle gym, sports complex, the Huntington Beach library and he main reason for our adventure….Adventure Park.
Adventure Park is an enclosed area of the park in which kids can get as dirty as they wish. There are 4 tree houses that kids can climb on. Additionally, admission allows them to use a hammer and saw, choose from hundreds of pieces of wood and construct walls, ladders or whatever their imagination tells them to create. The boys where given their nails and hammers and away they went adding wall pieces to the tree houses.
Another fun attraction is the rope bridge where kids can balance on a large shipyard rope that extends 40 feet across a large pond. Inside the pond are several Tom Sawyer type rafts where kids and adults can stand on top of the rafts and push themselves around the pond with 4 foot poles. Don’t worry about falling in, the pond is only 1.5 – 2 feet deep, shallow enough to simply stand up and walk out of the pond.
Why you ask….What kid doesn’t love to get dirty. Believe me, my boys were hesitant at first because they couldn’t believe I was going to let them get their clothes wet and muddy. However, after a few moments of coaxing, the fun was on. What did my kids learn today…this adventure allowed them to freely express themselves in play with no worries of ruining their clothing, getting too dirty or do something that most of the time we are telling them “Don’t play with the mud!" or "Don’t step in that puddle!” Additionally, they learned physics…as they pushed their poles in one direction; their rafts went the opposite direction. The boys learned balance by climbing across the rope bridge as well as on their rafts, then discovered basic construction and how tools can make jobs easier. It was an incredible learning experience.