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HOT: Artplay Playground, Melbourne

HOT: Artplay Playground, Melbourne

Artplay playground at Birrarung Marr is one of our favourite CBD pitstops, mainly because of its convenient location right by Federation Square and Artplay (two of our most frequented destinations in the city).

Artplay playground melbourne

Artplay playground is also the place that school groups tend to stop on their city outings so my first tip is to try and avoid it during weekday lunch times as it’s likely you’ll be bowled over by over-excited schoolkids.

Other than that point, it’s a great playground with lots different play equipment suitable for different ages. The Artplay playground is the largest all-abilities playground within the City of Melbourne.

Artplay playground melbourne

The space includes four slides all suitable for toddlers to use on their own, a large flowing sand pit, a swinging hammock (Lady AB’s comment ‘so much fun!’) and two swings (plus a wheelchair accessible swing).

As my kids have gotten older they’ve been able to tackle the rock and rope climbing structures.

Artplay playground melbourne

Artplay playground melbourne

I like the fact that kids have decorated the long wooden walkways and bridges with colourful designs.

Artplay playground melbourne

There’s also lots of bench seating for adults on the perimeter of the playground and a picnic table set in the middle of the playground which is undercover as well.

If Artplay is open there are toilets (with change facilities) or the walkway up to Federation Square and the square itself has public toilets.

After your visit to the Artplay playground you can grab some food at ACMI Cafe and visit NGV Australia or the free Screen Worlds exhibition at ACMI.


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Accessible equipment;
  • Public toilets;
  • Picnic table and benches;
  • Water tap;
  • Access via public transport (Flinders St station);
  • Shade sail over picnic areas, natural shade over some equipment;
  • Book ahead for Artplay workshops as sessions often book out or visit their free drop in sessions; and
  • Save money by pre-booking parking at Federation Square or Wilson Parking 172 Flinders St.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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