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.
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.
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.
There’s a rope bridge to cross.
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.
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.
Bug and Superchick didn’t seem to have any trouble.
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.
Then the kids hosed off in a little outdoor shower, changed into dry clothes and we went home in time for lunch!
My mom brought my nieces up to our “camp” for the fourth. It was so good to see them and my brother and sister-in-law. Kinda made me miss Bug more but still so wonderful to have family around.
Please forgive the blurry phone photo. My real camera is having some focusing issues (I’m going to have to send it in I’m afraid) so I’ve been opting to use the phone and it’s not really doing anybody any favors.
Susan made us amazing food. I might have to tie her to her bed to make her stop working so hard.
The two Susans. Well one of them is spelled with a z but you get the idea.
Who invited the dog? Not me! But she won us over quickly with her sweetness.
And fireworks! Who said Rapunzel could grow up to be so beautiful? Dang it!
They make me wish I had a sister.
Good thing I have a lot of sisterly friends and a few super duper sisters-in-law!
Happy Belated Fourth everybody!