The Adventure Playground is a wonderfully unique outdoor facility where kids can build and experience a playground built by other kids. Ride the zip line or hammer, saw, and paint. Adventure Playground is designed for children seven years old and older, however younger children are welcome as long as they are within arms reach of a participating adult . Be sure to dress your child in clothes that can get dirty, wet, painted on. Everyone must wear sturdy shoes like tennis shoes, not flip flops, sandals or clogs.
For safety reasons, groups of 5 or more who show up without reservations, will be asked to leave. Only confirmed groups will be allowed to enter.
- For weekend reservations- please call three weeks or more ahead, dates fill fast.
The weekends time slots are 11a.m.-1 p.m. , and 1:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
- Groups of five or more children must make a reservation and pay a fee. For 5-10 children $55 per 2 hours,11-20 children $78 per 2 hours, 21-30 children $111 per 2 hours. 31-40 children is $132 per 2 hours.
- During the school year Special mid week reservations can be available for groups depending on the availability of staff.
Your reservation is not confirmed until all three steps are complete:
- You have spoken to us in person or on the phone and we have penciled you into our calendar. 510 981-6720.
- We receive a completed reservation form and full payment.
- You receive a written confirmation from us.
To download the registration form, go to:
I loved this place ever since i was a little kid now i bring the kids that i nanny for and they just adore it! you can basically do whatever you want. Build tree houses, slides, boxes, cars anything you can let your imagination think of. They have all the tools, paints, nails etc there that in order for you to be able to use these items you have to usually find garbage and trade it in for the tools. they also have a trolley thats a total blast and ends in a sand pit!
This playground constructed by children and volunteers out of scraps of wood, old nets, and machines is beyond unique. It changes by the day as wannabe “Bob the Builders”, adorned with work tools and safety gear, pound, saw and paint with great intent. After all, building a wonderland playground is serious business to the 4-13 year olds who seem to be the main construction crew. Besides giving rowdy youngsters a constructive outlet for their need to destroy and build, the Adventure Playground also gives children the freedom to create fantastic creations out of mere scraps. Forts, tunnels, bridges, pirate coves, and towers abound with imaginations running wild and taking form. This is definitely a lesson in resourcefulness and creativity!
The staff lovingly checks all the structures to ensure that it remains structurally safe for playing on and around. Children also learn to care for the environment - in order to earn a tool, they have to pick up 5 pieces of trash, loose nails or rocks. Other nice features, also created out of scraps, are slides, a jungle gym created out of tires, and a zipline.
Children 7 years and older may enjoy the playground for a fee of $6 (when parents leave them to the supervision of the friendly staff). That being said, even our 4 year old (free but must be under parental supervision at all times) was totally enthralled by the playground. He can just about hit a nail with a hammer without mommy fearing for this little fingers. He ranks the Adventure Playground 10 out of 10, up there with Disneyland. If that’s the case, then this place wins the prize for value for money.
For younger siblings (under 3), the Adventure Playground can be a little dangerous. A young child will require 1 on 1 supervision. Sharp and rough edges abound, along with splinters and nails. So, I definitely wouldn’t recommend bringing a toddler along unless one adult can keep both eyes fixed on the little one. But don't dismay because adjacent to the Adventure Playground is a new modern and safe playground suitable for toddlers. To top it off, the view of the bay from both playgrounds and the picnic tables is magnificent. Other facilities next to Adventure Playground is the Shorebird Park Nature Center (built out of straw bales, recycled materials and solar powered), clean bathrooms and picnic tables with BBQ pits. This could be a fantastic location for a 7 year old’s birthday party. (I’m already planning….)
Nearby parking is limited, but there is plentiful parking on the other side of the road.
Adventure Playground in Berkeley is everything you think of as being Berkeley. It is a hands on play based experience of taking reuse and recycle to a new level. Kids get to hammer and saw to their hearts delight. Imaginations run wild using scraps for building all sorts of structures from forts to towers, to spaceships. There is also a zip line build using scrap parts that older kids can enjoy. Since there are rough edges everywhere, it's not safe for kids under 3. However, there is a wonderful playground right next door that younger siblings can enjoy. Our 7 and 9 year son and daughter haven't been able to stop talking about going back there since we were there last week.
At the nature center next door, you can see a state green building made out straw bales. Clean bathrooms and picnic tables at the playground also make this place great place to celebrate a birthday.