It’s time to put the rain boots away and take out the sandals because summer is back and the playgrounds are dry and welcoming again. If you’re tired of taking the little ones to your neighborhood park every time, here are some fresh ideas to explore at little to no cost:

Alta Plaza Park, San Francisco
Located at the top of Pacific Heights, the park offers a beautiful playground and views of the city and the cleanest bathroom a park has ever seen. More details.

Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Think you can’t enjoy downtown with the kids? Think again because Yerba Buena Gardens, on Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, has a lot to offer: waterfalls, carousels, rooftop gardens and a play area. More details.

Creekside Park, Marin
Marin’s gorgeous new playground offers swings, turbo slides, and a bike path that will brighten the little ones’ day. Spider webs and a climbing wall are also there for the more adventurous. For adults, a picnic area complete with barbecue pits and a beautiful view of Mount Tam will make for an enjoyable day. More details.

Frog Park, Rockridge
After several months of repairs, Frog Park has reopened in Rockridge with play structures, sand boxes and swings but also a faux Creek opened from May- October for water play. More details.

Frontierland Playground, Half Moon Bay
Built and designed by local families, this playground is like a dream come true for kids and is close to Linda Mar beach, voted best family beach in the area. More details.

Dream Land for Kids, Berkeley
Part of the Aquatic Park in Berkeley, this wooden playground has castles and towers, walkways and tire swings. The sights and sounds of the nearby train will keep the kids excited. More details.

Magic Mountain Playground, San Mateo
Kids can run around freely in San Mateo’s large rubber-covered dragon-themed play area which offers a climbing castle structure, the usual swings and slides as well as rocking horses and tunnels. More details.

What’s your favorite Bay Area playground? Let us know in the comments below.