Mud Park!

Adventure Playground!

We had a great big fat blastola of fun today at the Huntington Beach Adventure Park. Have you ever been? If you’re local you might have heard of it. It’s only open three months out of the year so it’s easy to miss. It’s also nestled back in the trees behind the Huntington Beach library. I’ve been to that library many times (which is excellent by the way) but I’d never heard of this mud park until Toby took Bug there a week ago for their weekly father-daughter bonding time.

Since the nieces were in town we thought this would be just the thing to complete their summer.

pick some shoes, any shoes

You have to wear closed-toe shoes but if you happen to forget yours you can borrow some. Sharing shoes is kinda gross but considering you’ll be sloshing around in mud anyway it’s not really an issue. You pretty much check your germ phobias at the gate.

spider bug serious tread

It’s not a huge park. It’s not like Disneyland where you need to schedule a whole day to conquer it but for three bucks it’s easily at least an hour’s worth of good old-fashioned Tom Sawyer and Huck Fin kind of fun.

brave

There’s a rope bridge to cross.

pretending it's a balance beam

The Littles

There is also a small pond to raft on. There are a lot of rules like no jumping off the raft and just sitting around in the mud and no throwing things but it’s amazing that this place is even open in this day and age.

cooperating

Technically it’s geared for kids aged 6-12 but Rapunzel managed to have plenty of fun, even if she and her friend did sink their raft more often than they floated it. It was a great exercise in cooperation.

The Littles

Bug and Superchick didn’t seem to have any trouble.

mudslide animated gif

The best part was the mudslide. There’s a big hill in the middle of the park with a plastic tarp running down one side. A girl stands at the top and sprinkles a hose overhead while kids slide down the tarp into a giant mud puddle. It’s your childhood dream come true. I think my brother and I even tried to make something like this in our backyard once but we just didn’t have the space to do it right. So if you ever dreamed of making a giant mudslide you might want to take a look at this place.

Of course I stayed at the bottom and took pictures and didn’t get wet at all but quite a few adults did take the plunge.

wet sneaks

Then the kids hosed off in a little outdoor shower, changed into dry clothes and we went home in time for lunch!

Nafasplitch!

The Snaggle Tooth FINALLY fell out!

A while back Bug and I invented a game. We call it Nafasplitch. I’m not sure how we settled on that name. I think it was just a combination of mishearing each other while we were driving in the car, cracking up about it and then making up a word out of the connected sounds that were supposed to be something else. Or not. I don’t really remember.

Anyway the game goes like this: You think up four random words and try to out-do each other with their random whackyness.

For example:

Hair dryer scissor head!

Cucumber flavored candle medicine!

It’s best if you exclaim it loudly like you’re saying, “Oh yeah, well marker pen flamingo neck to you too!”

And it just goes on and on until you are laughing at each other. Bug LOVES this game.

We’ve even got a few family members playing too. To start, somebody just says the word “nafasplitch” and then it’s off to the races with whoever can come up with the funniest word combinations. I figure it will be good for her vocabulary.

Of course sometimes the game does not go well and someone just names off four things they see in a row ie: wall cat desk paper which is totally boring but then you just add the word butt and it’s funny again.

So, you wanna play?