HOT: Valley Reserve, 80 Waimarie Drive, Mt Waverley

Valley Reserve is a 15 hectare bushland serve in Mount Waverley and at its centre is a unique, award-winning adventure playspace. In 2016 the playspace won best new major playspace in Victoria and it’s nominated as one of Australia’s best playgrounds. The vision is to create a SPARC – a Socially Inclusive, Playful, Active, Relevant […]

HOT: Boundless playground, Kings Park, Canberra

Boundless playground is Canberra’s first all abilities playground and is worth visiting if you need a break from sightseeing, as it’s in the centre of town inside King’s Park near the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.         The aim is to create a state-of-the-art play space that is fun and inclusive. Stage one of Boundless playground opened in October 2014 and […]

HOT: Play Up, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a regular stop for Canberra sightseers – and you might think that this heritage building isn’t really interesting for little kids. But did you know that inside is an incredible indoor children’s play space ‘Play Up’? Play Up is a large and thoughtfully curated play […]

HOT: Pod Playground, National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Weston Creek, Canberra

Pod Playground at the National Arboretum is one of Australia’s best playgrounds and it is must-do if you’re in Canberra with kids. The playground is part of the National Arboretum, which in itself is an interesting destination. It is host to 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world. You can admire a […]

HOT: Latitude, 590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West

Latitude is a huge trampoline park, climbing park and indoor play centre all rolled into one. Until now I had visited as I had assumed that it was aimed at older kids. In fact they have a fantastic under 5s play area and I am invited to bring Baby 2.0 for a test run. The […]

HOT: Operator 25, 25 Wills St, Melbourne

Operator 25 is an Asian-inspired brunch hot spot housed in a heritage-listed telephone exchange building near Flagstaff station. The telephone is a consistent theme in the branding and the decor, from the name… ….to the posters and the signage, all with phone (or coffee) related quips… ….to the long looping wires from the pendant lights evoking […]

HOT: Playshed Cafe, 6 Abruzzo Crescent, Thomastown

Playshed Cafe in Thomastown has a unique selling proposition – it’s an indoor play centre especially designed for children aged 0-7. I don’t know of any other indoor play space in Melbourne where the whole area is for little kids, rather than just a portion of the floorspace. We visit mid-morning on a cold winter’s […]

HOT: AquaPulse, 80-82 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing

AquaPulse Hoppers Crossing is a huge indoor aquatic and leisure centre with enough slipping, sliding and swimming to keep the kids entertained for hours.  We were invited by Experience Wyndham to visit Aquapulse in the middle of winter – which turns out to be a great time to go! It’s all indoors, undercover and heated […]

HOT: Wulaba Park, Amelia Street near the corner of O’Dea Avenue and South Dowling St, Waterloo

Wulaba Park in Waterloo is one of Sydney’s newest parks in the Green Square area. It has been built by developers Meriton to provide a community gathering and play area for the residents of the surrounding high rise apartments. The public park contains fantastic structures for older kids who are confident climbers – and who will get a thrill […]

HOT: Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea

Bicentennial Park Chelsea contains a huge fenced playground and it is one of Australia’s best playgrounds. It’s so big that it’s well worth a special trip if you’re not local. When you first enter the gate what will catch your eye is ‘Mt Chelsea’ a huge soft fall mound with two long and high slides, climbing ropes […]

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