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Friday, 3 December 2021

Get set to climb, run, bike, scoot, scramble, swing and of course, sweat!

We've covered some of our very favourite playgrounds in Melbourne in one handy guide making it easy to pick and choose next time you need to get out!

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Skinner's Adventure Playground, South Melbourne

Skinners Adventure Playground has evolved over the years to become a sprawling and imaginative space. Many of the play elements have been constructed by the local community from recycled or salvaged material – old tractor tyres, slides, gates, fence pailings etc. There is a bounty of challenging equipment, cubbies, boardwalks and tower structures offering opportunities for children to take some risks during play – creating a wonderful learning experience through exploration, trial and error and discovery.

St Kilda Adventure Playground

The St Kilda Adventure Playground have nailed it with the fun factor!

Here you'll be able to get amongst trampolines, half pipe, flying fox, sandpit, tree house, pirate ship, twisty slide a cubby house plus there's so much more to discover. They also cater for playgroups and how cool would a birthday party be amongst this thrill seeking wonderland! Two sperate covered spaces for birthday parties (bookings essential) and a playgroup with scattered chairs and tables. It's nothing 'flash' but that's the nature of this whole playground. Managed by the City of Port Phillip and supported through Federal FAHCSIA Funding.

Alma Park, St Kilda East

We love Alma Park, afterall it is one of our local playground hangouts!

This grand playground is divided into different areas and if you've arrived via Alma Road you'll first run into the wooden treehouse. This is the most 'recent' (approx 2 years old now) addition to the playground. It then opens out into a vast playing field of swings, climbing frames, mini flying fox, twisty slides, another slide with wooden cubby house underneath and tunnels to enter. There's more adventure to be had on the bigger flying fox - so good we've seen Adults climb on. The Slug sculpture is a colourful addition too with its all over mosaic tiles.

Wombat Bend Playspace Templestowe Lower

A popular haunt for in-the-know mamas and Families, Wombat Bend is a cool, shady spot in the ‘burbs perfect for scooting, cycling and running around. Providing the general playground caper (swings, slides and sand) there is also a wooden maze upon entry, a popular flying fox, double slides, water features, musical bridge, see-saw and it's fully fenced. It's also a sanctuary for sensory and creative play. The playground (not surprisingly) gets pretty popular (crowded) on warm sunny days so be prepared to be on the go constantly!

Hays Paddock, East Kew

Not only is this playground lots of fun, you could easily spend 3 or 4 hours here, as, apart from the playground, there's a huge walking/running track, BBQ facilities, a lake with bird life and grounds to wander. It also suits all abilities and is the leading contender for an absolute TOP playground.

The playground is divided into areas and it's all completely fenced with only two entry points and exits. You'll find a shaded sandpit with digger, swing area with disabled swing, wooden fort, climbing frame amongst hopscotch, hammock, spiders web trampoline, musical tubes, a see-saw and a big grassy area. It's partly shaded thanks to big trees that cover most of the playground and some shade sails. It caters for toddlers up to grade 7 or thereabouts.

Middle Park Community Playground, Middle Park

This huge wooden fort playground is another gem in Bayside. Climb, tunnel, swing, jump and scramble over and under all the equipment. This playground provides hours of play for older kids. (There's not much in the way for toddlers to do). Facilities are great - bbqs, loads of park benches and seating, good toilets and shaded trees. For a caffeine hit and babycino visit MART 130 next to the tram line. Possibly the only downside is metered parking but you can always park for free close to the Middle Park shops for an hour or two.

Phoenix Park, Malvern East

All good playgrounds should have a cafe attached right? Well Phoenix Park combines both these loves - coffee for you, playtime for them!

This giant wooden adventure playground has a bit of everything for most ages. Whilst it might not be the most exciting park for the very small ones, they can still roam free and have a good run around as it's very spacious. Baby/toddler swings galore, an all abilities swing, slides, climbing bars, flying fox, tunnels to weave in and out of and there's some fab hidey/cubby holes dottered about. The playground is fully fenced apart from the front entrance where it's open (will never understand that one!). Shade coverage is limited too so slap on the sunscreen and bring a hat.

Mimi the Muttaburrassaurus Dinosaur Playground McNish Reserve, Yarraville

Medibank has unveiled an innovative outdoor playground featuring the ‘Muttaburrassaurus’ giant dinosaur, to help kids rediscover the adventure of playing outside and inspire communities to become more active and healthy.

The giant interactive dinosaur ‘Muttaburrasaurus’, modelled on the species that lived in Australia around 100 million years ago, is located at McNish Reserve in Yarraville. 

Royal Park Nature Play Playground, Parkville

Royal Park has opened for play with a $5.5 million redevelopment by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. The playground is next to the Royal Children's Hospital and is the last stage of the overall redevelopment...and it's all sorts of amazing!

There's so much you can do at Royal Park, allow a good couple of hours for some serious playtime. Kids can burn off their energy on the wooden climbing frame (there's two of them) or try their luck navigating all the other nooks and crannies.






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