HOT: Half Moon Bay, Beach Rd, Black Rock

Half Moon Bay is a calm, gentle and shallow beach on Port Phillip Bay near Black Rock. As the name suggests, the little inlet is deeply curved into a half moon crescent shape and the surrounding Red Bluff cliffs make it a particularly sheltered beach for little kids. Half Moon Bay is small and very […]

HOT: Livvi’s Place, Craigieburn ANZAC Park, cnr Aitken Boulevard and Central Park Ave, Craigieburn

Craigieburn ANZAC Park is a large scale parkland in Melbourne’s north and it’s the site of Melbourne’s newest accessible play space developed in conjunction with Touched by Olivia Foundation. ‘Livvi’s Place’ is a spacious, fully fenced play space designed so that children with disabilities can still use much of the equipment, with fully accessible paths […]

HOT: Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

Ballam Park is double the fun! The Eastern side wooden playground is a favourite with Frankston/Mornington Peninsula toddlers and babies, with an extensive network of ramps, climbing equipment and slides. The natural shade from the surrounding trees provide perfect picnic spots, as well as a sheltered picnic table and water taps. On the Western side […]

HOT: Trueman Reserve, Clarinda Park Regional Playground, cnr Trueman St and Bradman Drive, Cranbourne West

Housing developers know that a fantastic playground is a drawcard and a showcase for the area. The newest one to open up is in Trueman Reserve Cranbourne West, as part of Clarinda Park development. The spacious playground uses standard playground equipment to great effect. There’s a sunny colour scheme – red, yellow and orange – […]

HOT: The Messy Shed, Factory 4 and 5, 1 Watt Rd, Mornington

The Messy Shed in Mornington is a creative and sensory play experience inside a play centre. It is relocated from its previous location next to The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb. The Messy Shed is every parent and child’s come true. During each 45 minute session kids have fun playing with paint, mud, water and craft materials – and […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Playgrounds in Melbourne for Older Kids

Today’s HOT List represents the 6+ years of playground adventures with my kids and is a compilation of the best playgrounds for older kids. Challenging climbing equipment, tall slides, natural elements and water play are all on the wish list! You’ll find the full list over at Planning With Kids, one of my favourite parenting […]

HOT: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast

Broadwater Parklands is a fantastic redevelopment of Southport’s previously dowdy foreshore with a range of sites and facilities, many of them free. It’s one of the best places to take kids on the Gold Coast. Our favourite part is the Rockpools, a semi-fenced water play area featuring water jets, fountains, a waterfall and sculptural pieces […]

HOT: Seville Playground, 20-28 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

Seville Water Park is a favourite stop for us when visiting the Yarra Valley and it’s recently been expanded to become an even better destination thanks to the Seville Regional Play Space. The Seville playground adjoins the Seville Water Park and is a ‘dry’ play space with lots of fun equipment if it’s too cold […]

HOT: Maritime Cove Community Park, Perc White Reserve, Cnr The Blvd and Todd Rd, Port Melbourne

The Maritime Cove Community Park and playground is an large marine-themed playground in Port Melbourne at the end of Perc White Reserve near Sandridge Beach. The playground showcases the area’s maritime and waterside history and reuses old maritime equipment. You’ll find a repurposed channel markers making excellent forts…. …steel buoys to climb and sit on… …plus […]

HOT: Peter Scullin Reserve, Cnr Centreway and Beach Rd, Mordialloc

Peter Scullin Reserve Mordialloc is popular community park between family friendly Mordialloc Beach and the Mordialloc shopping strip. The playground is good for kids of all ages and I see school groups and kindergartens using the space. Baby 2.0’s favourite ride is the pommel bouncer. It only fits 2 children at a time so there can […]

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