A Family & Foodies Guide to the Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne

Kate loves taking her little ones on new adventures and wrote this gorgeous article of her time on the Mornington Peninsula this year. We love this piece of Victoria and cannot wait to visit all these interesting places too one day! Thank you Kate for this beautiful piece and photos. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta page. xo Catherine

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Located just over an hour drive south from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is one of our most favourite parts of Victoria.  With grandparents in Mornington, I spent many school holidays on the Peninsula and it’s been such a joy to share those special memories with the poppets + discover new things along the way too.

With its world class wineries, busy bayside villages, stunning coastline and gourmet delights, the Mornington Peninsula is perfect for families - and foodies!

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In early February we escaped the city for a three day weekend in Rye and didn't let the rain or cooler conditions stop us from exploring this fabulous region.

Here are our TOP 10 places to visit on the Mornington Peninsula on even the gloomiest of days.

1. Peninsula Hot Springs
With over 30 globally-inspired experiences Peninsula Hot Springs’ Bath House is a bathing wonderland for families and children to discover together.  Enjoy the designated family area as well as magical cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish Hamam steam room, underground saunas and massaging thermal mineral showers.

Read our full review here.

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2. Rosebud Pier Adventure Playground

An amazing all-abilities playground with a variety of play equipment to keep children entertained from enclosed baby swings, tunnels and rope climbing walls, to net swings, a flying fox and three slides.  This is a perfect spot for a family BBQ or picnic overlooking the safe swimming beach and 300m long pier.  Just be mindful that in hot weather the metal slides can get too hot to use. Other great playgrounds to visit include the McCrae Foreshore Playground (also called the McCrae Lighthouse Playground), Rye Foreshore Playground and Sorrento Park. 

Read our full review of the Rosebud Playground here.

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McCrae Foreshore Playground

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3. Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked strawberries! Set amongst scenic bushland and rolling hills on Victoria’s Hinterland property in Main Ridge, Sunny Ridge is now the largest strawberry farm in Australia. We highly recommend the fluffy scones served with house made strawberry jam and whipped cream from the Cafe.

Read our full review here.

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4. Main Ridge Dairy

A farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy, offering a true paddock to plate experience. Enjoy a cheese tasting at the counter or spot on the deck for a cheese platter and a glass of local wine.  Children will love the lovely lawns to play on and they can even get up close to the goats in the paddocks too.  Inside you will find a simple children's play area with colouring sheets, books and toys.

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5. Pure Peninsula Honey

This charming farm shop has the most impressive range of honey and bee products you may ever see.  Enjoy free taste tests, see bees building honeycomb, collecting pollen and producing honey, browse the bee themed gift shop and read amazing bee facts. Be sure to buy a tub of the honey ice cream, it’s delicious.

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6. Johnny Ripe

From homemade sweet and savoury pies, to sausages rolls, meringues and buttery croissants - not forgetting their famous cronuts - Johnny Ripe is a small home-style bakery producing seriously tasty treats.  Order from the all day brunch menu or make a selection from the take-away counter and find a spot on the beautiful sheltered deck over looking the Red Hill Lavender Farm and the hills of Main Ridge.

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7. Red Gum BBQ

With a large, indoor play area, colouring sheets, change facilities, highchairs and plenty of space for little people to roam around, Red Gum BBQ is an awesome place to visit with the entire family.  Best of all their Aussie-smoked,  Southern American BBQ is simply the best we have ever eaten.  Bookings recommended. 

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8. Green Olive at Red Hill

Wind your way down the driveway through the olives trees and grapevines to this magnificent, family friendly, whole farm experience.  Offering a cafe, farm shop, kitchen garden, children's outdoor play area (complete with in-ground trampoline!), animals, farm stays and cooking classes.  Their extremely popular school holiday program gives children the opportunity to meet farm animals, plant seeds, learn about where food comes from, and get dirty in the garden. 

Read our full review here.

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9. Mock Red Hill

This family-owned and operated orchard has been producing high quality, bio-dynamic fresh fruit, apple juice, apple ciders and apple cider vinegar for the local region and beyond for many years.  Visit their unique cellar door space offering sensory tasting experiences within an original wooden cool store, then purchase apples to take home from the shop.

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10. Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie

Located in the charming seaside town of Flinders, the newest, petite-sized sibling of the Yarra Valley and the Great Ocean Road stores opened its doors late last year taking over the space formerly occupied by Mornington Peninsula Chocolates.  As well as serving up chocolate (up to 180 unique varieties!) and ice cream, it also features a brownie bar and continues to make truffles in flavours made popular by the site's previous owners.

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Busy City Kids was invited to experience some of the places mentioned above for the purpose of a review. Most were self-funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Rosebud Foreshore Playground - Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne - Review

Put the kids climbing shoes on and head to Rosebud Foreshore Playground next time you visit the Mornington Peninsula.

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The playground is a multi level nature playground and is perfect for small and big kids with lots of swings, slides, a flying fox, lots of climbing with ropes, a tunnel and lots more.

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Kate took her little ones to the Rosebud Foreshore Playground recently and they really enjoyed their time there.

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Rosebud Foreshore Playground is located at Point Nepean Rd & Jetty Rd in Rosebud.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Accessible and street parking

  • Bike stations

  • Flying fox

  • Picnic areas with BBQ

  • Public toilets with disability access

  • Seating, picnic tables and benches with shelter

  • Slides, swings and climbing structures

For more playgrounds, go to our dedicated page

For more ideas on the Mornington Peninsula, checkout our Family & Foodies Guide.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Jubilee Adventure Playground - Onkaparinga - Adelaide - Review

Come for the giraffe, stay for the awesome day out for small kids and big kids at the Jubilee Adventure Playground! Situated on the lower reaches of the Onkaparinga River, just off Saltfleet Street is, Jubilee Park. The park overlooks both the Port Noarlunga sand dunes and the Onkaparinga estuary, giving nature lovers superb views of this unique ecosystem. Kate and her little ones recently visited this great playground while on a trip to Adelaide and loved it!

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The fantastic Jubilee Adventure playground was built by the community for the community, with multiple bbq and picnic facilities and a small junior playground for little ones.

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This great playground is fully fenced with plenty of swings, slides and seating available for the adults and toilet facilities close by.

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This awesome playground was a hit with Kate and her little ones and you can see why they stayed there for almost three hours. Thanks Kate. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Jubilee Adventure Playground is located at Saltfleet Street in Port Noarlunga South.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Accessible and street parking

  • Ball game areas

  • Changing facilities

  • Picnic areas with BBQ

  • Public toilets

  • Seating, tables and benches with shelter

  • Slides, swings and climbing structures

  • Walking and cycling tracks

  • Water Play areas

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Sovereign Hill - Easter School Holiday: Lost Trades Workshops - Melbourne - Review

These holidays, head to Sovereign Hill for a big day out and put the kids to work! Kate and her little team headed to Sovereign Hill this weekend to enjoy Sovereign Hill’s latest offerings and explored the working life of the goldfields, checked out the latest playground onsite and the latest multi sensory AURA show. Thanks for the fab review and pics Kate. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Sovereign Hill comes alive these Easter holidays (Saturday 6th April - Monday 22nd April) as visitors explore the working life of the goldfields.  Relive history and discover lost trades with a range of exclusive workshops and FREE events that will transport you back to the busy goldfields of Ballarat. 

As several of the Lost Trade Workshops had height or age restrictions that prevented our four year old poppets from participating, we also took part in many activities from Sovereign Hill’s extensive daily program - including the all new sound and light evening show AURA.  Here are our highlights.

LOST TRADE WORKSHOPS

  • Try Your Hand

Learn traditional ‘hands-on’ skills such as rag rug making and cross-stitching inside the Horse Bazaar. And the best part? When you’re finished you get to take your handiwork home!

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  • Small Animal Grooming

Little ones will love meeting Sovereign Hill’s adorable miniature donkeys, horses and twin baby goats. The poppets loved helping to groom and feed the resident goats on our visit as well as making coconut feeding toys for them to play with. 

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  • Make Your Own Rope

Try making rope using traditional methods. Then see if you can turn your rope into quoits and challenge the local champions to a game.

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  • Beauty & The Beast 

Held in the beautiful Victoria Theatre this hilarious performance of one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time is riotous fun for the whole family.  We all adored this show which has lots of silliness, a good dose of slapstick and even the odd pirate and witch. Be sure to arrive at the theatre at least 10 minutes before the commencement of the show to secure a seat.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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DAILY PROGRAM

  • Candle Dipping

Pop into William Hewett’s Yarrowee Soap and Candle Works at the top of Main Street where little ones can make a colourful dipped candle to take home.  The poppets were fascinated by the process of dipping their candles only four times in three pots of coloured wax to create FIVE different colours. They will make perfect Easter gifts for the grandparents in the UK.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Coach Rides

Climb aboard the horse drawn coach for a ride around the property. This activity is an additional cost and we recommended arriving early to purchase tickets as there can be a wait during busier times. 

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  • Sweet Making Demonstration   

No trip to Sovereign Hill is complete without a visit to Brown’s Confectionery.  It was fantastic watching the confectioners use original equipment and processes to make their famous boiled lollies. However, the real highlight was getting to taste the freshly made raspberry drops, yum!

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  • Red Coat Soldiers 

Parading through Main Street at 1.30pm every day, the Red Coat Soldiers are always a crowd favourite.  Lead by the drummer beating his drum, the soldiers march into the centre of town and show visitors how soldiers in the 1850s practiced firing their rifles.  Please note that although the Corporal will tell the audience members to put their fingers in their ears, the noise is still very loud and may be unsuitable for small children or babies.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Play Space 

Opening in October 2018, this new, interactive adventure land is full of unique equipment, including a gold rush-themed two storey-high sailing ship, jetty and row boat.  The play space also includes a full-size coach with carved horses, a poppet head with a large slide, a rock-climbing wall and a mining tunnel with an ore truck.  The poppets absolutely loved climbing, sliding and exploring this playground - it really is such a perfect addition to Sovereign Hill. 

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AURA - SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW

Running nightly, AURA is Sovereign Hill’s new sound and light show that takes visitors on a spectacular journey though time and space to experience the story of gold and its power to change everything.  

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Set over 64 acres, this new multi-million dollar show takes over from its predecessor, Blood on the Southern Cross - which had been running for over 20 years!.

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The 90 minute show begins with a 3D movie screening in a small theatre in the basement of the main entrance building where we explore space and literally feel the vibrations of stars exploding in front of our eyes.  From this moment, the stage is set for a truly magnificent evening.  When the screening ends, we board vehicles that take us deep into the Sovereign Hill property and arrive at a covered outdoor viewing platform to delve into the Dreamtime. 

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The Wadawurrung creation story unfolds before us told through state-of-the-art projections on a magnificent lake, featuring stunning images of birds, land and flowers that look so lifelike the poppets ask if the eagle will fly over their heads.

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Our last location is an adjacent indoor theatre where the screen opens to reveal a detailed historical set making us feel right in the centre of the action.  We watch as the land is transformed by the gold rush, gunfights and protests erupt under the night sky and the chaos of the Eureka Rebillion comes to life as we witness creation and discovery of the world’s most precious metal.

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Conceived by Andrew Walsh AM and his Accolade Event Management team, who delivered events that include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the first four years of White Night, together with Sovereign Hill’s own historical experts, AURA was two years in the making and is a tribute to the creativity of teams involved. Highly recommended for the whole family.

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A few quick tips before you go:

  • Several of the Lost Trade Workshops need to be booked in advance.  Visit the Sovereign Hill website to book online prior to your visit.

  • Pre-booking for AURA are essential.  

  • Parental discretion is required for AURA as the show includes loud sound effects and dramatic pyrotechnics. 

  • The weather in Ballarat tends to be a bit cooler than Melbourne so wear and pack a few different layers (especially if attending the night show) + gumboots if it’s wet. Flat shoes are also recommended.

  • There are several restaurants and eateries onsite. We always enjoy the - award winning - hot pies and sausage rolls from the Hope Bakery.  Pre-show dinner packages are also available before AURA (bookings essential).  

  • Take advantage of the two day visit offer for the price of a single day’s entry. Sovereign Hill and Ballarat have excellent accommodation options suitable for families.

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Sovereign Hill’s There’s work to be done School Holiday program for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Sovereign Hill's School Holiday Program 'There's work to be done', head to this page. For more information on the Aura show, head to this page.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café - Pittwater Sports Centre - Sydney - Review

This week, we headed to Pittwater Sports Centre to review their Kindygym Australia Kindy Recreation class (our review here), so we thought we’d checkout the centre’s Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café while we’re there.

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The indoor playground centre is perfect for a play before or after Kindygym class or perfect for a play with friends & family during the week or weekends or even for a birthday party (parties must be booked). It is fully air-conditioned with Free Wifi. It caters for children 0 to 12 years old with various climbing areas, flying foxes and slides. The main structure for kids 4 and over has 7 slippery dips, 3 levels, 2 ball pits, 2 flying foxes, and loads of soft play equipment. There are also two areas for children 0-2 years and 2 to 5 years of age.

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Little Mister loved the challenging climbing areas of this indoor playground and had lots of fun, it was tricky convincing him to leave for his gym class - ha!

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There is also a baby area for little ones under 2 years old. Since there were no babies when we were there, little Mister had fun with the ball pit and surroundings. There is also a toddler area for kids 2 years and over which was lots of fun too but little Mister preferred the main structure. We look forward to visiting again and showing little Miss this great indoor playground. We had a nice bite to eat and a juice after little Mister’s class at the Sand Bucket Café, a great complex.

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Our info:

  • The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café is located at the Pittwater Sports Centre (PSC) at 1525 Pittwater Road in North Narrabeen.

  • The centre and café are open every day at various opening & closing times so please check their website or call before you head there as they sometimes close earlier than advertised.

  • PSC is a NUT FREE Centre.

  • Children MUST wear socks when in the Sand Bucket Play Centre at all times.

  • No food or drinks are to be consumed in the indoor playground.

  • Parent supervision is compulsory at all times.

  • Ensure the centre gate is locked at all times for the safety of all children.

  • Baby change room and pram parking are located in the corridor.

  • Toilets are located inside the gymnastics main area.

  • Free parking is available onsite.

  • Prices for play vary: Unlimited play for kids during the week for under 1’s is $5, under 2’s is $7 and kids over 2 is $10. Weekends are charged at $10 for all ages. Ask for their 5 or 10 visit passes to save. You can also save on entry when your child is signed up to the Pittwater Sports Centre’s Kindygym program.

Busy City Kids were hosted by The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café for the purpose of a review. Food and travelling costs were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

The Tramshed Café and Playground - Narrabeen - Sydney - Review

In June last year, the Tramshed Café opened its doors and the playground next to it was finished just on-time for visitors to enjoy both spaces with family and friends! It took us a while to get there but we visited this great setup late last year and loved it!

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The fully fenced playground consists of a main castle-like structure with slides and areas to wonder, different sets of swings, a free play area with dragon eggs, little shops for kids to be pretend shoppers, little trampolines and more.

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The little shops were a hit with little Miss and her brother as well as the swings and little trampolines.

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After some play, we headed to the Tramshed Café for some coffee and food. The kids loved eating in the tram. Food and drinks can be consumed in the tram however council restrictions mean these need to be in take-away containers. Good news though, most of the packaging is compostable. You can also sit inside the café.

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We enjoyed our coffees, bacon & egg roll, kids french toast (two for mum ha!), kids cheese toasty and kids egg & toast. The kids enjoyed some colouring while waiting for the food too.

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This playground is located at 1395a Pittwater Road in Narrabeen.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Castle structure

  • Slides

  • Swings

  • Little Shops

  • Trampolines

  • Nature Play setup

  • Park Benches

  • Tramshed Café nearby

  • Toilets near the carpark

  • Free Parking along the street or in the nearby parking lot however parking is VERY limited and time restrictions apply

Our trip to the Tramshed Café and Playground was self funded and not sponsored. Our opinions are genuine as always.

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For more information on The Tramshed Café which is next to the playground and open 7am to 5pm daily, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Barkly Gardens Playground - Richmond - Melbourne - Review

The Barkly Gardens playground located at Mary Street in Richmond is a gem. Little Mister, his sister and Kate’s little ones visited this playground on our most recent Melbourne trip in October last year. The playground consists of a main structure, swings, a bucket swing, a sandpit and play structures with slides for toddlers.

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The main green climbing structure with giant green slide is a must try at this playground if your kids are older enough to climb on their own. Little Miss and Kate’s little ones loved climbing away this structure during our visit. It is quite intriguing and the climbing ropes make it a great challenge for them.

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Little Mister loved the sandpit and climbing and sliding down little play structures. The sandpit was full of toys left by locals for little ones to enjoy which was a nice touch.

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Last but not least, the kids loved swinging in the bucket swing overlooking the Barkly Gardens.

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The Barkly Gardens playground is located at Mary Street in Richmond.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Sandpit gear

This playground have:

  • Public toilets

  • Street parking on the street

  • Picnic areas

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Some shade

For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Murrumbeena Park Play Space - Murrumbeena - Melbourne - Review

The Murrumbeena Park Play Space located off Kangaroo Road in Murrumbeena is a great local spot complete with numerous slides, swings, play structures, bouncers and our favourite flying fox.

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Little ones will love the little kids section filled with swings, bouncers, a cute ladybug bouncer, a seesaw and a little nature spot in between the folage.

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There is a great play structure for bigger kids with numerous slides, climbing sides and more.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There are also more swings and an accessible swing as well as a sphere climbing structure.

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Little Miss, little Mister and their cousin loved the flying fox so much, we were there for ages having lots of fun!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Murrumbeena Park is off Kangaroo Road in Murrumbeena.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic (no shop nearby)

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground have:

  • Public toilets

  • Street parking on the street

  • Picnic areas

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Some shaded spots

For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

North Harbour Reserve - Balgowlah - Sydney - Review

The North Harbour reserve playground in Balgowlah is a popular playground for families for a play date, a run on the scooter or bike or for a picnic or birthday party. Due to families concern regarding the playground close to a busy road and the water, council made the playground fully fenced and are currently undergoing renovations for the toilets onsite.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The playground consists of a main structure with climbing spots, slides, monkey bars and more. There are also dizzy sticks, bouncers and a large see saw. There is also a double swing and a swing for all abilities. Kids can also use their scooter or bike within the playground. There’s also lots of benches too.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There is a nice reserve near the playground where families are often seen throwing birthday parties, playing sport or walking the dog. There’s also a café next to the playground for refreshments, biscuit, ice cream or a coffee.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The North Harbour Reserve is located at Lot 7001 Condamine Street in Balgowlah.

Our packing list for this playground with water play:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Public toilets

  • BBQ Areas

  • Picnic spots

  • Park Benches

  • Sports Ground

  • Basketball Court

  • Great for Birthday Parties

  • Bubbler

  • Free Parking onsite off Condamine Street

  • Café nearby on Lower Beach Road

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café - Albury - Review

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café in Albury is the perfect place to stop over for a coffee, a bite to eat and a play on your way to Melbourne or back to Sydney if you’re driving through.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Noreuil Park is a fantastic spot overlooking the gorgeous Murray River. Great for a play at the playground, a picnic, catching up with friends and family for a coffee and a bite to eat. There’s lots of shade trees, picnic tables, lots of grass to sit, relax and watch the river water pass by and watch ducks. There is no fencing near the river so watch your little ones if they love exploring, I know mine do.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The playground is a great setup with swings, a seesaw, a great structure with slides, monkey bars, climbing sides and more.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We loved getting takeaway coffee and lunch at the River Café. We loved their coffee and sticky chai tea, eggs & bacon in a brioche bun and the kids loved the chicken & chips!

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You’ll love this great stopover! There is also the nearby Oddies Creek Park which is an inclusive play space which caters for all ages and abilities which also features a flying fox, basket swing, toilets, BBQ and picnic area, musical sculptures, sandpit and climbing walls. And the gorgeous Children’s Garden part of the Albury Botanic Gardens.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids when you get to Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog. Or if you’re heading to Sydney, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots List or Blog.

Tania Park Playground - Balgowlah Heights - Sydney - Review

The Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights is a local favourite for kids and toddlers and with its nearby large dog exercise area, sports ground and harbour views, it’s a great place for the family to catchup for a play and/or a picnic.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The playground has basic equipment however sufficient for a great play. Kids will like the large structure with climbing parts, a slide and monkey bar. There is a double swing to please both little and bigger kids as well as a little cubby structure for little ones to play and use the slide as well as a bouncer and a bouncing car to ride in with friends.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

This playground is great as it is fully fenced and well shaded and has seatings options inside and outside the playground.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We like visiting the Tania Park playground and have visited it a few times since we moved to the Northern Beaches.

The Tania Park playground is located at 2 Bareena Drive in Balgowlah Heights.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic as there are no nearby shops or cafés

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Ball for nearby grounds/sports field

This playground has:

  • Fencing

  • Toilets

  • Park Benches

  • Free Parking on both sides of the playground

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Weeroona Reserve - Fairlight - Sydney - Review

We recently visited the recently updated Weeroona Reserve in Fairlight and the kids and I were pleasantly surprised by this playground. A very simple setup but very effective to keep the little ones entertained. Being next to the Manly Cemetery might not appeal to some but the kids have loved playing here for the last few weeks.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Weeroona Reserve consists of two playgrounds. The fenced playground for younger children has two sets of slides - a single and double slide. Little Mister loves the single slide as it goes really fast. The double slide is great too with some nice shade. The playground also has a wooden structure where kids can step on stomps. The playground also has ample seating.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The second playground is not fenced but shaded is for older kids to climb and explore with a flying fox and two sets of swings for younger and older kids. There is a small scooter track around the playground which was little bumps and curves (careful the magpies during magpie season). There is also a grass area near the second playground.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We really like this playground, very simple but effective and lots of fun. Please note there is no toilet onsite and it is close to two streets which kids can access.

This playground is located between Harland St and Jamieson St in Fairlight next to the Manly Cemetery.

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Helmet

  • Scooter/Bike

This playground has:

  • No toilets

  • Park Benches

  • Free Parking along Sprigg St

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Walter Gors Park - Dee Why - Sydney - Review

The Walter Gors Park in Dee Why is a popular spot for local families with a great playground, water play spots and plenty of room for the kids to run around on the grass or have a picnic and relax. Revamped in 2017, it is a great looking playground which little Mister was more than happy to explore!

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The playground’s large and smaller cubbies are great for little ones to climb around, slide down the slides and explore.

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There are plenty of sitting spots for families to sit down and relax as well as two ping pong tables, a public toilets right next to the playground for convenience and a cool water play spot. We didn’t expect to find the water turned on that day so little Mister was soaked but had lots of fun meeting new friends. Note to self: pack spare clothes next time ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

There are also some great swings and a merry-go-round for kids to use as well as little nature wonder spots.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Walter Gors Park is a great spot for the family to explore and have fun and perfect for the warmer months with the water play spots. There is no shade over the playground or the swings and the water play is partly shaded so please keep that in mind for warm days with the slides and also sun protection. Although the playground is set back from the road, please be careful with your little one, I have a good tester with me as he is always wondering off!

There are local shops next door if you fancy a quick bite to eat or spot of groceries.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Walter Gors Park is located at 36 - 40 Howard Avenue in Dee Why.

Our packing list for this playground with water play:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Change of clothes

  • Towel

  • Swimmers and/or swimming nappies

This playground has:

  • Public toilets

  • BBQ Area

  • Picnic spots

  • Park Benches

  • Community Garden

  • Lawn Area

  • Bubbler

  • Water Play

  • Ping Pong tables

  • Free Parking onsite off Howard Avenue

  • Free Bicycle parking

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Nature Play Space - Healesville Sanctuary - Melbourne - Review

Last Saturday, Kate and her little ones headed to the Healesville Sanctuary to checkout the NEW Nature Play Space just opened for the Spring Holidays and were spoilt with the weather and of course the natural beauty of the new forest play space which Kate’s little ones loved and yours will too! Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics and review. We cannot wait to visit. To follow Kate’s little ones adventures, head to their Insta @kateflatman. Xo Catherine

Nestled in the centre of Healesville Sanctuary, with the new Pavilion Café and Reptile House just next door, the new Nature Play Space is the perfect spot for little ones to continue to run around while parents take a break and grab a coffee or even a local cider!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Designed to encourage children to interact with the natural world, to run wild and explore, the Nature Play Space features water play with metal hand pumps, raised sand pits, two cubby houses (designed and made by the amazing team at Castle & Cubby) and an enchanted forest for kids to explore.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The poppets particularly loved playing with the water pumps and watching the water run down into the creek beds (I can see this being a very popular spot come the warmer months!). 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Nature Play Space is perfect for little ones to run, jump, forage, climb, balance and dig as they explore - just be sure to watch out for the plastic creepy crawlies (an assortment of bugs, beetles, an ant, grasshopper, butterfly and a fly) that have been added to the space for children to use their imaginations and learn about Australia's native insects. Eeek!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

During these Spring holidays, head to the Healesville Sanctuary’s Nature Play Space from 11am to 2pm each day and meet the Play Maker team who will bring out every child’s natural wild child with the following activities.

  • Become a bush builder and construct your own ‘Gunya’ shelter for a wild day in the bush,

  • Become a Helmeted Honeyeater to ward off predators with face paint and a special dance

  • Become a bush explorer and forage to make nests in our magical Casuarina Forest

  • Become a didgeridoo player and learn how to play the didge at Murrundindi’s Didge Scho

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With several additional elements being added over the coming weeks, including sail shades over the sand pits and water play for sun protection, the Nature Play Space is a fantastic addition to the exiting play spaces at Healesville Sanctuary.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Healesville Sanctuary is located on Badger Creek Road in Healesville.

Our tips:

  • Arrive at Healesville Sanctuary as it opens especially during the holidays or weekends

  • Entry to the Healesville Sanctuary varies however Kids go free at Zoos Victoria Zoos during the holidays

  • There is plenty of parking onsite

  • Don’t forget to pack some snacks or a picnic to make the most of the day

  • The new Nature Play Space is wheelchair accessible for participation in sand and water play

  • There are ample toilets onsite

  • There are two parents room onsite, checkout our parents room page

For more information, head to Zoos Victoria website.

Busy City Kids were invited to explore the Healesville Sanctuary for the purposes of a review however Kate used her Zoo membership for entry into the Zoo. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Zoo membership, food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Stan Windon Memorial Playground - Coogee - Sydney - Australia

Maroubra Mumma Lauren recently shared with us one of her children’s favourite playground in Coogee, the Stan Windon Memorial Playground (Grant Reserve). Thank you Lauren for the great review and pics. To follow Lauren’s adventures on Instagram, head to her page @maroubra_mumma xo Catherine

Situated perfectly along the famous ‘Coastal Walk’, this park is a pleaser for both the kiddies and parents. Although in need of some TLC it’s still a popular haunt for Eastern Suburbs families and a great morning out. 

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Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

The playground is split into three zones for kids to explore. You will find typical park necessities of swings, slides and climbing towers. But the kids will be fascinated with the musical noise makers, sandstone sundials and not to mention an extra-large (7.5 metre high) climbing net in the shape of a ship mask. 

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Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Although not a fenced space it is mostly a flat playground making it easy for parents to supervise while taking in the beautiful view of Coogee’s Wedding Cake Island.

With an abundance of natural shade from large old trees this park also has sunshade sails to protect the little ones. This spot is perfect for kids of all ages and the rubber flooring is ideal for crawlers.

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Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Whilst in the area don’t forget to explore the popular Wylies and McIvers Baths situated just across from the park. 

If in need of a snack or coffee take a short stroll down to Barzura Café or wonder up  to Coogee Bay Road to explore local eateries (Melon Head Smoothie Bar, Coogee Café of Merivales Pavillion.) 

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Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

This playground is located at 151 – 191R Beach Street in Coogee.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Park Benches

  • Shaded Areas

  • BBQ facilities

  • Toilets beside the park

  • Free parking

  • Wylies and McIvers Baths nearby require a fee to visit

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Collaroy Beach Playground - Collaroy - Sydney - Review

The Collaroy Beach playground is a true favourite for Northern Beaches families. Its location is perfect as it is close to the beach, rock pools and cafés so head there early to secure a park.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We love this playground as it covers all ages, children can hop on the shark/dolphin bouncer, go on a swing, go down several slides, venture around the playground, go on merry go round (which was being repaired on our visit), climb on the large structure, do some water play in summer and more.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

It has bouncy floors near the slides and a little bridge that little Mister loved to walk across. The main areas are shaded except for the one close to the beach however the little grocery shop under the main blue slide is nice and shaded. We spent most of our time in that section.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Bigger kids will love the large climbing structure which has all sorts of options and little ones will love the beach themed sculptures and little water play spot (in summer when it’s turned on).

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We love that this popular playground is so close to the beach, rock pools and some great cafés, all thumbs up, get ready for a great day out.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Collaroy Beach Playground is located off Pittwater Road in Collaroy.

Our packing list for this playground and nearby beach:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Helmet

  • Scooter/Bike

  • Beach gear if you're thinking of heading to the beach (towels, swimmers, change of clothes, etc)

This playground has:

  • Public toilets near the playground in the Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club

  • Full fence around the playground and is great with shading in lots of spots

  • Picnic area

  • Parking next to the playground ticket or northern beaches council permit

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Beach, rockpools, cafés and shops nearby

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Foley Reserve - Kew - Melbourne - Review

The new Foley Reserve replacement certainly ticks many boxes for residents. It looks superb, has a helicopter, a tram, slides, swings, a basket swing, a bike/scooter track with traffic signs and lots of picnic and seating spots. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids can go up the nature stone steps to get to the embarkment slide, climb into the refurbished helicopter from Alexandra Gardens and then slide down the other side.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We love the little tram and kids will love it too and they will love the new structure with slide for older kids, monkey bars, track ride, fireman's pole, rope climbs with a ‘Foley Café’ shop front with all ability access. There's also a new basket swing for all ability and a relocated kangaroo rocker as well as new planting and timber logs to encourage nature play.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bring the scooters or bikes as the kids will love the little bike path with play traffic signs and a recharge station. Bring some snacks or a picnic and enjoy this great setting. Shade trees have been installed for the future so in the meantime slip-slop-slap.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This playground is located at 15-23 Foley Street in Kew.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Bike/Scooter
  • Helmets

This playground has:

  • No toilets
  • No shade
  • No fence
  • Street parking
  • Picnic & bbq area
  • Seating, tables and benches

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Safari Park - Werribee - Melbourne - Review

The Safari Park playground in Werribee recently opened and is a hit with the locals. Inspired by the nearby Werribee Open Range Zoo, this playground by house developers PEET Cornerstone is one of two large parks which will feature on this new estate being built. Kel from @melbourneminor visited the park on the weekend and shared these great pics! Thanks Kel xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

This playground is wild with its safari theme colours and safari animals. Kids can swing off a large basket swing held by a giraffe, sit on top of a rhino or bounce in a rhino or climb through a hippo. Enjoy the colourful and musical spots or play in the wooden house structure with climbing and sliding sections.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

The playground also features a caged merry go round, two swings for different children's age and a climbing tunnel in the main structure. Everything is nice and new and safe with soft floor throughout the playground. The only miss is that the playground has no fence, no toilets and no shade so come prepared. There is a creek bed built-in however it is not for water play.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Overall, we like the new Safari Park in Werribee. A nicely themed playground with lots to do!

This playground is located at on Black Forest Road in Wyndham Vale.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Plan ahead re toilets as there are no toilets

This playground has:

  • NO toilets
  • NO shade
  • NO fence
  • Creek bed built-in but not for play
  • Park Benches
  • Free Parking onsite

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Corbett Playground and Manly Vale Community Garden - Sydney - Review

The Corbett Playground in Manly Vale is a cute little community playground sharing space with the Manly Vale Community Garden.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Young children and families can enjoy this cute little space which is fully fenced and shaded by deciduous trees. It has a nice size climbing structure, a little boat in a stone creek, a mound with a dual slide and an observation spot, a large basket swing and two twirlers in one spot.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

It also has small spots of grass, a little house which can be sat in or climbed over, a see saw, a bouncer, a soft caterpillar on the soft asphalt, interphones and mushrooms for sitting or climbing over.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Manly Vale Community Garden share the area and members of the community garden come on Sundays to plant and mingle with friends and talk about their produce.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Mister loved this playground as everything was very easily accessible and perfect for his age. We will sure to be back soon.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

This playground is located at 4 Innes Rd in Manly Vale.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Ball

This playground has:

  • Park Benches
  • Community Garden
  • Gazebo
  • Toilets in the community center we believe
  • Free Parking along the street or in the community center nearby however parking is VERY limited

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Passmore Reserve - Manly Vale - Sydney - Review

The Passmore Reserve is located off Campbell Parade in Manly Vale. It is a great spot for a bike/scooter ride, a play in the playground, a game of sports, catching up with friends and family, to throw a bbq or birthday party and enjoy. Photos updated September 2018.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss and little Mister enjoy riding their bikes on the children's bike track which is also great for a relaxing walk or some exercise around the oval. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The playground has a baby and toddler area with two baby swings and a basket swing, a little slide, springer, musical tower, pirate boat with slide and climbing structures around it and a double dolphin bouncer.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

There is also another area for older kids, with two sings, a little merry go round, a slide, some little intercoms and a large climbing structure with all sorts of climbing opprotuntites. 

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We love the Passmore Reserve and playground, what a fab spot! Love the good amount of shading over the playground too, perfect for the warmer months! This playground is fully fenced around which is great for escape artists especially as it is close to a river which has no fencing so be mindful for little ones wondering around the water to see ducks.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Tips:

  • Bring sunscreen and a hat for your little ones
  • Bring a picnic, snacks and water bottle as there are no shops around the playground
  • Bring a ball or cricket set to play on the oval
  • There is a walking and cycling path along the lagoon and playground so grab the little one's scooter or bike and helmet

This playground has:

  • Accessible public toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • BBQ equipment
  • Cycling track
  • Fenced playground
  • Free street parking
  • Gazebo for parties
  • Large oval for sport
  • Picnic areas
  • Seating, tables, benches
  • Swings for babies and older kids
  • Toilets near carpark
  • Walking and cycling paths