ABOUT THE EUREKA VILLA ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Named after the years 1924-1928 when Val Verde was called “Eureka Villa” as a resort community, this park is a hybrid adventure playground and community space Located in the northern part of Los Angeles County in Val Verde, CA. We believe Eureka Villa had a previous life as a park during Val Verde's "Black Palm Springs" era when many of Hollywood's African American stars would vacation in Val Verde during segregation in Los Angeles.
We are very conscious of honoring its history by doing our best to create a space that nurtures a safe natural environment for those who often do not have access.
Eureka Villa is filled with rope swings, elderberry forts, a “bug van”, a giant bird cage, loose parts, and more. Eureka Villa is just shy of 2 acres and contains within its boundaries over 118 trees! Not only do we have such an incredible selection of trees, due to the age of the park, most are over 100 feet tall! We have 2 working stone grills, tire swings, and a few picnic benches still able to hold bodies.
Depending on the season, Eureka Villa is open to the public on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and on the second Saturday of each month. It is also home to an afternoon homeschool enrichment program and we often hold neighborhood events and private birthday parties, scout meetings, adult gatherings, elderberry pickings (mid-June) and much more.
VISITING EUREKA VILLA
In addition to staffing Eureka Villa with Playworkers focused on making the space as unadulterated as possible for the children at play, we ask visiting caregivers to follow our "Lightest Touch Policy".
This policy requires caregivers to continue to support their kids' play by mindfully "following their lead" by avoiding telling them how to play or inserting themselves into their play.
All players have only 2 rules:
1. Try not to hurt yourself
2. Try not to hurt any other living things at the site (including plants and animals).
We are open to all ages though we ask that players 4 years and younger stay under the purview of their caregivers. We also allow dogs (!) but do ask that the pet owner is responsible for their animal(s).
Because Eureka Villa is still a considerably "wild" space without electricity and water we recommend bringing the following to make your visit the best it can be:
>Closed Toed Shoes
>Dress for mess and the weather
>Water Bottles & Water
>Extra set of clothes
>Jacket/Coats for possible temperature shifts
>Any other items which help you feel comfortable in nature
GETTING TO EUREKA VILLA
Eureka Villa will get a formal address once we build structures on the site. Until then we ask visitors to use the address across the street for mapping which is:
28710 Madison Street
Val Verde, CA 91384
From the I-5 exit Newhall Ranch Road/ Hwy 126 West
Take the 126 West for 3.3 miles to turn onto Chiquito Canyon Road
Take Chiquito Canyon Road for 1.5 miles to Madison Street
Right on Madison Street and you are there!
Dirt Parking is available along the fence line on Madison Street and Taylor Street.
Parking along the street is also available if necessary.
We currently offer a variety of play opportunities at Eureka Villa including open play for anyone wanting to drop in for an hour or two, homeschool and after school programs for folks who want to drop off and give their kiddos regular access to adventure play, summer and winter camps and more! Reach out to us if you would like to discuss options for your school, group, or family.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS
NOT RUNNING AT THIS TIME
~1pm to 4pm*
All ages are welcome!
4 yrs and younger stay under the purview of parents.
*weather and schedule permitting. Please check our facebook page for updates:
Our Open Play Sessions are going on hiatus starting in April 2019 until further notice.
Open Play at Eureka Villa is a great way to pop-in and get an idea of what we are about as well as see how your little players respond to the site and freedom. The Adventure Playground is open to the public every Wednesday and Friday during the school year and the second Saturday of each month (weather and holiday schedule permitting, please check our facebook page for updates)! Open play does not have a drop-off option unless families are signed up for a play program. Children 5 and younger must be under the purview of their caregivers.
THE FOLLOWING PRICES ARE FOR NON-DROP OFFS. If you are interested in dropping off your child (5yrs and older only) please see our Programs
SINGLE VISIT ADMISSION
We offer 3 tiers of Admission per Child 5 and up:
> Val Verde Residents: $5/pay what you can
> Members: $7 (become a member)
> Non-Members: $10
> Children 4yrs and younger: free*
*We leave it to the caregivers' discretion to pay regular admission fees if they feel their child younger than 5 will be utilizing a playworker.
We also offer the option of buying multiple sessions with a punch card! The more admissions you buy the more you get free! Costs are relative to the tiers of the single admission rates. Punch cards can be used for friends and multiple family members too!!
> 7 sessions for the cost of 6
> 12 for the cost of 10
> 20 for the cost of 17
We take cash, check and card on site. You can also buy in advance:
PLAY PROGRAMS & CAMPS
The Benefit of the Repeat Visitor
There is no doubt that young people gain the most from adventure playgrounds when they are repeat visitors! When a player returns multiple times in a week they are able to build on any creative spark from the day before, have the opportunity to overcome any hurdles they have been dealing with both creatively and socially and our playworkers are able to develop a relationship with them and in turn are better informed about what loose parts they can provide to better enhance that child's experience on the playground as well as support their growth.
We offer the following programs at Eureka Villa at different points throughout the year. Please click through for more information on each program.
PLAY AT EUREKA VILLA!
PRIVATE EVENTS AT EUREKA VILLA
Eureka Villa is available for private gatherings including; field trips, birthday parties, family reunions, meetings, classes and more both with, and without playworkers and adventure play.
If you are interested in holding an event at Eureka Villa please fill out an interest form to
PACKAGES STARTING AT $150