This is a nice place to go if you want to combine a walk on the paved Bay Trail with some playground time. We came on a windy day, so the view was gorgeous - but we really felt the wind on our walk. There were a couple of groups flying kites on the field between the two playgrounds.
There are two small playgrounds here - nothing special. They are separated by a huge grassy field. The first one as you drive in is a little kid structure that is newer. It has a whale and seal to climb on which is cute. The structure at the end of the road by the Bay Trail is older and was slightly more interesting for my preschoolers. It is shaped roughly like a boat.
The there is a one mile loop out to a point. My kids enjoyed walking the paved loop. It has adult exercise stations - that my kids enjoyed playing on when no one else was using them.
This area is right in the flight path for the Oakland airport - so it is an excellent place to watch airplanes.
We were fortunate to be staying within a couple of miles of Seven Seas beach, so we found it easily. We arrived on a day the lot was not open, but we found street parking right near the entrance and were able to walk in easily. The beach itself was kept clean, but there was a lot of garbage overflowing the trash cans and a number of stray dogs wandering around, which is common in Puerto Rico. That said, the beach area itself was kept quite clean, with smooth white sand and mellow waves that would be fine for supervising very young children. You have a beautiful view of Cabezas de San Juan and can see where the kayak trips enter the bioluminescent mangroves a ways out. We played in the water and snorkeled here for awhile, then explored the trail through the mangroves to a couple of other beaches.
A note: you can easily reach beautiful Playa Escondida/Hidden Beach from here, but do not attempt to swim there as the current is swift and very dangerous.
There is just one local restaurant that is in easy walking distance from the beach, which is a bit pricey; so, you may want to pack your own food and drinks for the day.
Perfect place for kids who need to keep moving. 5000 square feet of trampolines joined together together with a dodge ball court, basketball court and half-pipe areas (side trampolines in this area). There are separate areas for young kids and those who want to practice their tricks. Supervised by staff on in the trampoline areas to ensure safety.
For parents, there is a sitting area in a loft above the trampolines with lots of seating and tables. So, you could bring snacks and a meal to fuel your would-be Tiggers/Gymnasts. Restrooms also on this level.
Not a place for toddlers, but it's great work outfor ages 4 and up. Docked a star because I'm not sure what a toddler would do here. Its too distracting of environment for them and it would be difficult to keep them from getting on the equipment. However, I'm not sure with the level of large kid physical activity would be safe for little ones.
For the kids, the zoo certainly is a highlight, but there are treasures off the beaten toddler path as well.
This large city park has a large looped drive that provides striking views of Puget Sound and the Tacoma Narrows. On Sundays, a portion of the looped drive is closed to car traffic, making that scenic portion of the loop a great flat loop that you can easily take the kids on, while amusing them along the way with the lovely views.
There are also Owen Beach to spend the afternoon at and a beach walk that you can take the kids beach combing on. That are also forested trails with lovely peak-a-boo views of the Sound. Once, I saw a Bald Eage family playing in the air currents with their nest directly over my head among the trees I was beneath.
There is also a lovely Rose Garden with some "smelly" roses that some kids may enjoy in the summer time and a delighful pond.
For an afternoon of quieter pleasures in Nature, this is a good choice.
This complex features:
25 m Lap Pool for serious exercising
Large fun pool complex with a 3 storey slide, fountain and splash area and a lazy river.
The pool is obviously the highlight of the place, but there is also a great gym, climbing wall and child care available for users of the facility. There is also a seating area where parents can hang out while their water-safe children swim.
In the changing room, there are family cabanas which make it easy for parents of either sex to help their younger children.
Many people host their birthday parties here.
All in all, there is something for every age in this building and a great place for a family to be active together especially during the rainy winter months here in Washington State.