Splashland is the newest pop up attraction for the Melbourne summer – an inflatable water slide park for kids and their adults! It is currently set up at Mornington Racecourse 27 December – 8 January and then Caulfield Racecourse from 11 January – 24 January.
Think Inflatable World meets Slide the Park. It includes three big inflatable water slides, a water obstacle course and two small slides for the under 5s.
Each day there is a choice of a morning (10-1pm) or afternoon (1-4pm) session and we find three hours to be plenty of time.
Adults have the choice of a slider or non slider ticket. Keep in mind that there is only one slide that adults are allowed to slide on, even with a wristband, so unless you’re desperate to have a slide it will be a more economical option to just go for the non-sliding ticket.
Kids are given a different colour wristband depending on age – over 5s and under 5s.
Under 5s get to go on the two small slides in the ‘seal pup’ area only. These two slides are still quite steep and children need to be able to climb up themselves to slide. Our 4 year old wasn’t able to though I’m sure many 3+ could. There are also some colouring in tables but obviously in comparison to water slides these were not the big attraction and are largely ignored.
As such, entertainment for the under 5s is very limited and it’s not really worth taking them along (the only thing Rav (4) participated in today was the ice cream eating!). There is no water play apart from the slides and obstacle course.
The 5-12yr olds are able to slide on everything unlimited for the three hours. Mini, who is seven, finds the biggest slide a bit intimidating so it means not being able to slide together. She really enjoys the water obstacle course ‘the reef’ but this would have been even more fun if she had a buddy sliding with her as it is set up as a race and attendants keep friends/family together.
Our morning’s session is not crowded so lining up is pretty minimal. The set up of the sheep runs to each slide is obviously catering to much larger crowds so I expect some sessions will be busier.
Inside the Splashland zone there are typical food choices from the two cafe vans – ice cream, coffee, sausage in bread etc. and lots of tables and chairs under umbrellas to make camp for your session. There is also a big screen that is showing the cricket on our visit.
Splashland is a fun attraction aimed at kids 5+ years who can confidently and happily climb big, wet inflatable structures and deal with large crowds of enthusiastic kids. If you have under 5s best to leave them behind!
Thanks to Kelly Devoil for her guest post. Kelly is a mum of two and blogger at Melbourne Minor, a parent and carer’s guide to arts, culture and quirk in Melbourne.
- best suited to families with older kids 5+ years and, if you can, go with other kids who are 5+. It will make lining up and the obstacle course a lot more fun;
- adults are only allowed one one slide so unless you’re desperate to slide buy a cheaper non-slider ticket;
- Remember the hats and sunscreen;
- Change rooms and toilets on site;
- The cafes accept cards;
- Plenty of free parking on site;
- The are no public transport options while Splashland is located at Mornington but when it relocates to Caulfield it will be easy to get to from Caulfield Station; and
- Tickets are available online or at the gate. All sessions are subject to cancellation for bad weather in which case a refund or alternate session are offered.
Splashland, Mornington Racecourse (27 Dec – 8 Jan) and Caulfield Racecourse (11-24 Jan)
Daily sessions 10-1pm, 1-4pm
Teen and adult (`13+ years) non-sliding entry $5
Teen and adult (13+ years) sliding entry $15
Tots (3-5 years) $9
Kids (5-12 years) $31.50
Thanks to Splashland I am giving away 1 x family pass (2 adults 2 kids ) for any remaining dates.
To win just follow the instructions below. The competition closes midnight Monday 16 January and the winner will be notified via email for postage details. Good luck!