If it were left up to our kids, summer would probably be endless, with warm temperatures and water play every day of the year. But, with the mercury falling, it’s time to shift gears from surf to turf, and usher in a new season of sandbox fun. We’ve done the sifting for you, and have found the Bay Area’s most stupendous sandboxes. So, stock your trunk with buckets, shovels, diggers and dump trucks— and maybe a dust buster—because the parks on this list will have your little one getting down and dirty across the Bay.

Seven Seas Park, Sunnyvale

What you'll notice first is how sparkly and new this park is. But, leave it to your little one to seek out the sand, which follows the theme of the park—the sea!  This sandbox is a hidden treasure indeed, with the latest and greatest in sand play structure technology.

1010 Morse Ave.
Sunnyvale, Ca
Online: sunnyvale.ca.gov

Photo: Heather Rodgers

What sandboxes do you and your little digger love to play in? Let us know in the comments below!

—Heather Rodgers