Adventure playgrounds started in postwar Denmark after public officials noticed that children were playing in bombed and excavated sites.
From there the idea of ‘adventure playgrounds’ proliferated in Europe, with over 100 ever-changing, junkyard play areas full of creative inspiration.
It serves as a communal play area for children experiencing disadvantage who may not necessary have access to a backyard.
St Kilda Adventure playground is open to public most of the time and it’s a fantastic destination for 5+ years, though adventurous younger kids will still get a lot out of it.
The play space features an aircraft cockpit…
a sandpit for an Israeli ball game…
…mini skate ramp…
…and even Luna Park!
Plus there are tree houses, cubbies, a flying fox, huge fairy-tale themed fort, rope climb and trampoline.
There’s a smart system where kids sit in line on a particular number, waiting for their turn to jump.
There’s lots of things to climb into, hide under, jump on and slide down!
Note that St Kilda Adventure playground is open only during certain hours as it is staffed. It may be closed to the general public when council programs are operating. However, they do take party bookings (Max 30 children) for selected Saturdays and Sundays for a fee.
- Suitable for toddlers (but need to be actively supervised);
- Suitable for older kids;
- Water taps;
- Mostly fenced except for entrance;
- Some shade;
- party area can be booked for selected Saturdays and Sundays;
- BBQ & kitchen facilities for party bookings;
- Free street parking;
- occasionally closed to the general public during regular playground hours due to events and outings with local families; and
- playground will close when the weather exceeds 35 degrees, or during heavy rain and/or strong winds.
St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune St, St Kilda 03 9209 6348
|Monday – Friday||3.30 pm – 5.30 pm|
|Saturday – Sunday||12 noon – 4.30 pm|
|School holidays||12 noon – 4.30 pm|
|Public Holidays||12 noon – 4 pm|