Exploring Bay Area Playgrounds: Brigadoon Park

Brigadoon Park
Brigadoon Way and Maloney Drive
San Jose, California 95121

Whoa, Brigadoon Park playground is a gem in the Evergreen neighbourhood of San Jose. The concrete slides is something to marvel at. Quite an impressive trio, and I admit, intimidating at first glance. If you’re a daredevil and want to go down the slide faster, use the litter (ahem I mean….cardboard) that others had brought, and left there. The hill to walk up to the slides is quite the hike, but it didn’t stop my older guy from going down and not playing much on the structures at all – he’s a slide kinda kid. Don’t blame him, really.

There are 2 play structures, and under the bridge and through the wood chips there’s a large set of swings (8 or so?).

Note, there are no bathrooms on site. Had to leave this one early because we had to use one. Oops.

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Exploring Bay Area Playgrounds: Muwékma Park

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Muwékma Park
1035 Indian Wells Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Muwékma Park is a dedication to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. The newest playground in the Bay Area is 6.5 acres big. This is an accessible playground and officially opened at the end of July. When we visited, it didn’t even have a name yet!

This playground has a customplay structure designed to mimic a tree house with the largest transplanted redwood becoming the centre of the playground (info source: eptdesign). Each “tree house” is connected by a series of ramps making the play structure wheelchair accessible. My boys (20 months, and 4 years old) enjoyed it, but I definitely had to keep an eye on my little one as one of the structures (shown below) wasn’t the safest for someone who doesn’t know what danger/falling is just yet, ha.

Alongside the play area of the park there’s a huge grassy field and a path for your biking or scooterin’ needs. Next to that there’s an enclosed dog park to bring your pup, too. Clean/new bathrooms on site.

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Exploring Bay Area Playgrounds: Braly Park

For the longest time, I didn’t know what to do with my website. I always enjoy writing here and updating you, and I noticed I hadn’t updated in FOUR months. Holy jeeze. I want to get better with that, now that I’m a bit better with my time management after having two boys. I have a little system/schedule going now, and I can definitely fit some time in for blogging these days. So hello, again! Let’s jump into what I randomly came up with this morning…

My boys and I enjoy heading out to the forest for adventures or visiting the local playgrounds in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley (similar style to my Exploring Coffee Shops back in the day). I decided to create a somewhat weekly post about the ones we’ve been going to for the past couple of years, and finding new ones. I had been posting and sharing about these on my Instagram page each time we come across a new-to-us one, and now I’m also going to document about it here (you know, in case instagram decides to shut down randomly one day and I lose everything I ever posted!).

Braly Park, Sunnyvale California
704 Daffodil Ct, Sunnyvale CA 94086

Braly Park is a Japanese-themed park and is located on 5.6 acres of land. There’s a decent sized parking lot, off street.

This playground has a huge field for playing with your kids, flying a kite, throwing ball to your pup. There’s a bathroom on site, 3 picnic areas with electrical outlets, horseshoe pit, shuffleboard and sand volleyball court (no nets). I haven’t seen anyone play volleyball while there, but the kids seem to love playing in the sand and the water from the splash pad drains down into the sand creating a lovely experience for those that enjoy playing in the muck! Ha! Tip: If ever playing in sand/wet sand/sunscreen + sand, bring baby powder. Dash it onto the areas where you’re full of sand and it removes it like nothin’ I’ve ever seen. Wild.

I’m all about playgrounds that don’t have wood chips. Wood chips have a tendency to get everywhere: in our shoes,splinters, and landing on them when you have a new walker isn’t comfortable either. This is a great playground and the entire area is cushiony/soft/spongy material. Not sure of the technical term ;)

It has a play structure for older kids, and a toddler area with tons of shade, and a few musical instruments for the kids to make some tunes. We love the small frog splash pad area and sand. My boys could spend hours here.

Definitely check this one out!

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