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Mini Maddern is Footscray’s Pop Up Playground

Mini Maddern is a Footscray playground is popping up in Maddern Square, in the heart of Footscray CBD!

Mini Maddern Footscray

a Footscray pop up playground

Hidden away between Leeds Street and Nicholson Street, Mini Maddern aims to encourage year-round use of Maddern Square as a community space, especially by children, families and their friends. It’s a unique space in Melbourne’s West that presents an opportunity for safe play and community gathering.

Mini Maddern Footscray Entrance

For twelve weeks, from Saturday 27 March to Wednesday 23 June 2021, families will be able to drop into the space to play, build and learn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Mini Maddern Footscray Program

Mini Maddern‘s facilitated sessions will be run by Victoria University’s Early Childhood students and staff, and will encourage children and families to engage with the space and craft, build and experiment with loose parts.

Mini Maddern Footscray Loose Parts Play

There’s also paint play, water play, crate play and sand play.

Mini Maddern Footscray Sandpit

Many of the resources have been donated by Bunnings, Dulux, Ecodynamics and me, as the creative producer of Wheelie Good Fun.

Mini Maddern Footscray Books

If you need a bit of time out from the bustle of Footscray then you can chill out with a range of children’s books from my Book Swap Bike activation!

Mini Maddern Footscray Water Play

Coming soon is a sensory garden and there’s a plan for further pop-up activities and stalls, run by local businesses. These are expected to include, craft, exercise sessions and more.

Mini Maddern Footscray Girl Painting

Finally, on Friday 25 June and Saturday 26 June, you can bid farewell to the pop up park with a Demo Party.

Mini Maddern Footscray Crate Play

It’s free to attend play sessions, there’s no need to book.

Mini Maddern Footscray Boy Painting Wall

There is a water tap on site, two portable toilets and a locked space on Chambers Street with kitchen facilities, disabled toilet and change table (just find a staff member to open it for you). It’s very close to Footscray train station and the #58 tram stop on Leeds Street.

Mini Maddern Footscray Climbing Holds

Mini Maddern was conceived by Public Realm Lab, Footscray based Architects and Urban Designers. It’s part of the Footscray University Town initiative, a partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University.

Mini Maddern Footscray Painting Gallery

While you’re in Footscray visit Footscray Park and Quarry Park for more playground play

Enjoy an ice cream at Stroop Ice Cream or Footscray Ice Cream Co

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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

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