It’s picnic season! With the warm sun and light springtime breeze, it’s the perfect time to grab your favorite wicker basket, round up the kids and head over to your local park for a relaxing family picnic. Here are some essentials you definitely can’t skip:
Pick a Location
Not all parks are created the same and that’s why we’ve rounded the best picnic-friendly parks in Dublin, Chino Hills, and Newark, CA. With large open fields, numerous playgrounds, and shaded benches, these parks are perfect for your outdoor family picnic.
Emerald Glen Park is one of the biggest in Dublin. Locals consider the park to be one of the best in the Tri-Valley area. The City of Dublin hosts numerous events there, such as Movie in the Park nights, Tuesday concerts, and Thursday farmers markets.
Park amenities include: an outdoor water park (The Wave) with discounted admission for residents, a skate park, ball courts, a trail along the creek and a wide open fields perfect for flying kites.
Kolb Park is a serene, grassy park located right next to the Dublin Unified School District.
Park amenities include: stone benches, large grassy area, plenty of shaded areas, a kid-friendly rock wall, restrooms, water fountains, picnic tables, and barbecue pits.
Grand Avenue Park is a gorgeous 12-acre park that is perfect for large family gatherings. The park also features multiple trails which are great for walking your dog or an early morning hike.
Park amenities include: two soccer fields, a roller hockey rink, basketball courts, tennis courts, two age-specific playgrounds, covered picnic areas, a trike play area, restrooms, walking trails, and bike racks.
English Springs Park is one of the most scenic parks in Chino Hills. The park is inhabited with ducks, geese, and turtles that freely roam around the pond. Due to the park’s popularity, locals suggest parking near the east entrance instead of the main entrance.
Park amenities include: a playground, three gazebos, picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, two basketball half-courts, a volleyball court, and a pond.
Newark Community Center Park is a prime location for a Sunday morning picnic. Located right in the heart of Newark, this 16-acre park is perfect for your family’s fresh air picnic.
Park amenities include: age-specific playgrounds, a combined basketball and handball court, lighted tennis courts, and family picnic facilities.
Lakeshore Park is one of the best hidden gems in Newark. The park’s main attraction is its peaceful and serene man-made lake which is inhabited by several geese and ducks.
Park amenities include: walking trails, shaded benches, large parking lot, and a beautiful man-made lake.
Prep the Menu
The food is arguably the most important part of a picnic. The key to perfect picnic menu is choosing foods that travel well, are best when served at room temperature, and can be eaten without utensils. Make the most of this picnic season with these fresh, hand picked recipes: Broccoli Pesto Pasta, Caprese Sandwich with Parsley Pesto, Korean Kimbap recipe, Curried Potato Salad, Triple Dipped Fried Chicken,and Sweet Pea Green Goddess Dip. For dessert, bake these deliciously gooey Blueberry Hand Pies.For your picnic beverages, shake it up with these refreshing cocktails: Non-Alcoholic Pineapple Mojito,Strawberry Lemonade, and Mango Raspberry Punch.
Pack your Basket
The trick to a perfectly planned picnic is in the packing. For your convenience, here is our picnic packing guide:
Food– pack sturdy items such as glass containers first and pack delicate items like salads and chip bags last. Allow foods to cool completely before storing them in freezer bags.
Utensils & Tools – pack a sharp knife, plastic grocery bags, an ice pack/freezer pack, plastic utensils, bottle openers/corkscrew, plates and cups, water, wet wipes for spills, paper towels, and napkins. If you plan to sit in the grass, bring a cutting board as a makeshift table for drinks.
Gear & Entertainment– pack sunscreen/bug spray, a heavy duty blanket, an umbrella for shade, a football and/or frisbee, a deck of cards, and a portable speaker.