Your hot. It's sticky. So what are you going to do with your little ball of energy? Head out and get wet of course! If it’s looking like another hot one pack up the kiddies and head to one of our fantastic reco’s for a splashing good time!

Riverwalk Water Park, Werribee FREE

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The park is operated on a timer system and has two silver poles where the kids hold their hand on to start the water. There are lots of great fountains and sprinklers, as well as water soaker cannons (watch out Mums and Dads!). There's also a water play feature where the kids can pump the water themselves, which the little ones seem to love!

New Market Road in Werribee

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Plum Garland Memorial Playground, Albert Park FREE

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What's better than a swim, paddle and dig on the beach? A playground beachside with a ground cover of soft sand!

This spot is maximum fun for tinies to frolick under the water fountains, jump in the puddles, have a ball with the water rill and just get wet! There's playground equipment that's full shaded with big sails on top and lots of nooks to explore. The best bit of this playground is the million dollar view - the beach and it's fully fenced!

Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park, VIC 3206

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The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden, City FREE

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Our family loves the Children's Garden in all seasons but it's in Summer when it's at its best. The water feature and gentle water rill are the real highlights amongst the sandpit, bamboo forest and expansive kitchen garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens Birdwood Avenue Melbourne

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Rockpool Waterway, Cranbourne FREE

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Kids love getting their feet wet in the Rockpool Waterway on a summer's day! Running along the eastern edge of the Australian Garden, the Rockpool Waterway has a designated wading area - look out for the red and yellow flags.

Our top tip for when you're done splashing at the rockpool waterway (and remembered to pack a picnic) is take a short walk to the Woodland Picnic Area and settle in for some more play - take note: there's absolutely no shade over the play equipment so slap on the sunscreen and hat.

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne, (off South Gippsland Highway)

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Lion Gorge at the Melbourne Zoo, Kids go FREE every weekend, Victorian Government School Holidays and Public Holidays

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If the African Lions, African Wild Dogs or Phillipine Crocodiles in the latest addition to the zoo 'Lion Gorge' aren't enough to keep you're adventure bunnies engaged, you'll be pleasantly surprised that the kids will be able to have a splash around in the water play area. It's not a big area by any means but in the heat of the Summer this will come as a welcome relief. Bring a towel and change of clothes - you're going to get wet!

Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052

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Seville Water Play Park, FREE

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This water play park could quite possibly be one of the best re-purposing of a decomissioned swimming pool ever! Step out of the real world and into your own water fantasy. Find a Magic Button to trigger of the first of 15 random jet produced water eruption sequences creating rain over you, your friends and family. Make your way out of the water jets and discover the beauty and simplicity of the Archimedes screw. Turn the handle slowly and enjoy the soft tinkling of water or turn faster and create a fast flow through the canal rapids. Enter the rockery and let your imagination take you to a place of dinosaur eggs and meteorites large and small. Make your escape through the echoed pipes or roll down dinosaur hill and into the tranquil native gardens and open grassed picnic areas. Located next to the recreation reserve, the park has water activities for all ages. Open 24 hours a day, entry is free. Water jets are turned on in the warmer months, from November to April each year.

The park also has plenty of open space, shade areas, playground and BBQ's for a great day out.

10 Monbulk-Seville Road, Seville, VIC 3139

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Misty Spray Zones and Badger Creek, Healesville Sanctuary, Kids go FREE every weekend, Victorian Government School Holidays and Public Holidays

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Healesville Sanctuary makes for a great day trip and you won't want to settle with the one visit. It will have you returning time and time again discovering something new each time. The all new misty spray zones make for a welcome cool down after you've run, jumped, climbed and scrambled your way in the Nature Playground or got up close with a furry friend.

Badger Creek is another way to keep your cool as you bask in the natural setting while the sprinklers keep you on your toes!

Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Vic. 3777

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Hippo Beach Werribee Open Range Zoo, Kids go FREE every weekend, Victorian Government School Holidays and Public Holidays

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Be prepared to settle in as they'll be no dragging the kids away from this one! Feel the breeze in a hammock, pull up a deck chair, dig in the sand or get wet (totally soaked!) at Hippo Beach!

The Hippo water play area is a safe play area with soft cushioning underfoot, large and smaller model hippos that shoot bursts of water and it's fully shaded. Perfection.

K Road, Werribee South VIC 3030

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Royal Park Nature Play Playground, Parkville FREE

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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 to do here but whatever you do don't forget a change of clothes! With a water rill and sand play and a water jet spray area you're bound to spend hours here with endless amounts of fun involved.

Cnr Gatehouse Street and Flemington Road, Parkville

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Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands FREE

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This sand-based playground hosts a range of activities for children of all ages, with the key feature being two giant tube slides coming down from a wooden climbing structure.  This is probably most suitable for ages 3+ (and younger children with adventurous parents!). 

There is also a host of other activities including a smaller slide for younger children, a sand digger, pulleys, tunnels, climbing wall, and a giant ‘tyre’ swing.  Children will love roaming around finding new things to do.  For summer days, the playground also includes a fantastic water play section with a water pump, river, and fountains to cool off in.  

509-529 Docklands Drive (Bolte Bridge end of Docklands Drive) 3008

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Harleston Park, Elsternwick FREE

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Big (huge) super slide alert at Harleston Park! If the kids aren't clambering all over the super slide, you can relax a little at the more gentler paced playground area a stone's throw away.

This play area is complete with towers and ramps, slides, climbers, poles, abacus, bridges, interactive bead frame, and small tunnels. There's also a see-saw, monkey bars, flying fox, two sets of swings including baby swings.

Bring your swimmers (or a change of clothes) the park also has an old timber bridge and a rock formation with water to clamber all over and soak your feet in on a sunny day. When you're done working up a sweat or cooling off, play a game of bocce or challenge your friends on the giant chess board. There are grassy spaces for sports and ball games AND a picnic.

Between Allison and Seymour Roads, Elsternwick

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Saltwater Coast Crocodile Park, Point Cook

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Snap. Snap. Snapity snap - get your family to this Croc playground haven!

The Saltwater Coast Parklands are home to BBQ’s, boardwalks, shelters, fitness stations, play equipment, kick about areas and much more. Bring the family and your sense of adventure!

Cnr of City Bay Rd & Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

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Victoria Park Inclusive Playground, Newington

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The highly anticipated all-inclusive play space has been unveiled and it's on a grand scale!

Ballarat’s first Inclusive Play Space includes multiple play zones and accessible equipment designed for people with a disability. Features are a double flying fox, multiple swings, slides, carousel, a music zone, sand play and a year-round passive/imaginative water play precinct. The project includes new paths, shade shelters, BBQs, picnic tables, car parking and toilet facilities.

The play space is really incredible and, importantly, accommodates all children regardless of their level of ability.

Livvi’s Place Ballarat, Victoria Park, Elm Avenue, Newington

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Community Bank Adventure Playground, Wallan

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Ooh wow-ee! Get set for some serious playtime as you'll be spending a lot more time than anticipated at this brand new shiney playground! This fab - 3 slide - water play - all-abilities playground was made possible through a funding partnership between the Victorian State Government, the Wallan & Kilmore Community Bank® Branches of Bendigo Bank and Mitchell Shire Council.

The amazing five story tower offers hidey-holes and different degrees of difficulty that suits all ages. You'll be rewarded with 3 different slides from a twisty slide, straight slide and tunnel slide. There's a good array of playground equipment including a flying fox.

Pack your swimmers, hat and sunscreen as the splash park is a neat addition and you'll want to get wet!

Cnr Northern Highway and Queen Street, Wallan, Victoria 3756