Take a break from the slide, monkey bars and teeter totter routine. These unstructured playgrounds bring play to a whole other level with zip lines, rope swings and giant logs to climb. Kids will use their creativity as well as their muscles to explore and build new worlds. Flip through the pics to find one near you!

Eureka Villa – Val Verde, Ca

If you've ever dreamed of building a fort out of palm fronds or hiding out in an elderberry bush, then Eureka Villa is the place for you. This two-acre adventure playground in northern Los Angeles County is home to over 100 trees, many of them over 100 feet tall. Kids can explore as they wish, and trained playworkers are available on-site to encourage kids to explore. Be sure to save some time for the tire swing! Eureka Villa is open to the public during Free Play Fridays from 2-5 p.m.

Good to know: Eureka Villa is also available to rent out for birthday parties and other private events. Or, you can host a pop-up adventure playground at your home, a local park or school.

Online: scvadventureplay.com/eureka-villa

photo: Eureka Villa


Know of an unstructured playground near you? Give it a shout-out in the comments below!

— Kate Loweth & Gabby Cullen