HOT: Eltham Lower Park Accessible Play Space, Diamond Valley Rail Park, Main Rd, Eltham

Eltham Lower Park playspace is a fully fenced and accessible adventure playground opposite the Diamond Valley Railway. The playground + train combo makes it a great destination for a half-day adventure. The playground is themed around the Eltham Copper Butterfly, an endangered butterfly that’s unique to the area. You’ll find panels describing aspects of the […]

HOT: Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake Playspace is a unique new nature-based playground that replaces the previous wooden and metal playground located at Lillydale Lake. There has been a few detractors grumbling that replacing the extensive, functional (but highly flammable) playground and the addition of a water play area has not improved the area. However, I disagree! Aesthetically I […]

HOT: Booran Reserve, Cnr Booran Rd and Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly

Booran Reserve Glen Huntly is the long awaited play space in the City of Glen Eira. It cost a whopping $10.8 million and is billed as ‘Melbourne’s best playground’. The play space is certainly massive and provides stimulating and challenging environments for all ages and abilities.  For older kids there is a HUGE 10m high double dome rope climbing […]

HOT: Victory Park, The Strand, Chelsea Beach, Chelsea

Victory Park on the foreshore of Chelsea Beach is popular park with beach-going families in Melbourne. It has all the facilities that you might need for a fun day out and the beach + playground setting means you can combine two outings in one! The playground is good for younger kids as most of the […]

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 […]

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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