Kidsworld, a wooden castle playground on the east side of Alameda Park, has everything a kid could want! In fact, when the city designed Kidsworld, they asked kids from schools to imagine and draw what they would want a playground to have. Then they followed the childrens' advice! There's a huge whale and shark to sit on, high wooden bridges to run across, cubbies to hide in, and towers where little girls can be rapunzel! Parents should climb to the top of the castle too because there is a gorgeous view of the palm oasis from up there.
At Kidsworld, there are plenty of slides, monkey bars galore (six-year-olds will LOVE this!), a cable slider, tarzan ropes, a bridge made of tires, and tight ropes. There's a monkeybar route with three sections of bars in a row! Very fun for monkeys, I mean, kids. Look at the finer details, and you will find a maze to run a marble through (bring a marble with you!), little paintings of Santa Barbara on the tiles, shells and starfish hidden in the cement wall, and smaller swings and lower monkey bars in the toddler section.
The only bad thing about Kidsworld is that your child can get lost in the mazes where you won't even fit through. One way around this is to stand at the top of the castle where you can get a fairly good view of most of the playground. There is now a fence around Kidsworld so as long as everyone closes the gates, it is a little safer if you have a toddler that runs off. The toddler section is fenced separately from the big kid section.
Don't forget to enjoy the lawn to the south of the playground and to walk through the beautiful palm oasis, planted by the Men's Gardening Club of Santa Barbara. There are some wonderful pine trees and palms from all over the world, and the tallest Eucalyptus trees.
Don't miss out on the the koi, turtles, and waterlilies in the pond across Micheltorena Street at Alice Keck Park! Alice Keck Park is full of gorgeous flowers and flowering trees. Also, go for a walk across Santa Barbara Street to the west side of Alameda Park and enjoy the tall palms and pines and lush grass.
Kidsworld is closed during November every year so that the woodchips can be replaced.
If you're hungry, the closest place to grab something to eat is Crushcakes, a five minute walk away at 1315 Anacapa St, which has a cute interior.
Kidsworld is located at 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Exit Highway 101 southbound at Mission St. Turn left on Mission St and then right on Castillo St. Turn left five blocks down, at Micheltorena Street. Follow it until it crosses Santa Barbara Street, and then park along the road. Kidsworld is on the right!
From Highway 101 northbound, exit at Arrellaga St. Turn right on Castillo St. Turn left immediately on Micheltorena Street. Follow it until it crosses Santa Barbara Street, and then park along the road. Kidsworld is on the right! Alice Keck Park is on the left. The west side of Alameda Park is just before Santa Barbara Street.
There are restrooms at Kidsworld.
My kids had so much fun- we just went yesterday. I LOVE that the huge magnolia tree shades almost the entire playground. That made it nice and cool and no need for sunblock.)
ii love this place!! whooo!!)
omg its so wonderful :-)ï»¿ )
Last Updated: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:40:26 GMT