LA kids are lucky to have year-round sunshine, making every day a perfect park day. But sometimes too much of a good thing means you’ll leave the park with a mini-lobster if you’re not hyper vigilant with the sunscreen. Read on to discover 9 awesome shady playgrounds from the Valley to the Beach that make playtime on a hot, sunny day, super cool—literally.

York Park

This enchanting little pocket park is brimming with so many unique ways to play and explore, from a slithering snake slide, to musical instruments, and even a free library. The playground also received a new addition recently in the form of a giant canopy that keeps all the whimsical fun out of the sun.

4956 York Blvd‬.
Highland Park
323-254-5295

photo: May C. via Yelp

 

What’s your favorite place to play in the shade? Share any shady playgrounds we missed!

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—Shahrzad Warkentin