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HOT: Nature Play Space, Healesville Sanctuary

HOT: Nature Play Space, Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary’s Nature Play Space is a spacious multi-level play area where kids can connect with nature through open-ended exploratory play.

It replaces the tired and rather ordinary playground that used to sit in the centre of the Sanctuary.

The new play space features water play with two metal pumps flowing water into a creek bed and into the garden…

nature play healesville sanctuary

…a large sandpit with wooden stepping stones and a raised waist-height accessible sandpit (a tap is coming) with a parking spot for a wheelchair.

Two cubby houses are set amongst an enchanted forested landscape with established trees.

Along with the revitalised play zone the Pavilion Cafe has been updated with a full kitchen so that it can offer hot meals, as well as surrounding seating. The next door Reptile House has been renovated too with specially-designed exhibits – a must-do for Joan Procter Dragon Doctor fans (our favourite book at the moment).

I’m told that after the school holidays other features will be installed such as a shade sail over the large sandpit and a log balance course.

Healesville Sanctuary’s Nature Play Space is a place where kids can run, jump, forage, climb, balance, dig and explore nature through play. It is a wonderful addition to the existing play spaces – the creek play at Badger Creek, the main playground outside the Sanctuary Harvest cafe, Future Vets indoor play and Kangaroo Country’s Pouch House.

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During the school holidays (Saturday 22 September – Sunday 7 October) Healesville Sanctuary’s Play Makers will be onsite with various activities. You can learn to play the didgeridoo, ‘build your own shelter’ workshops, bush explorer walks and face painting! Plus don’t forget – kids visit FREE all Victorian school holidays, public holidays and weekends.

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HOT Tips:

  • Nature Play Space Healesville Sanctuary open from Saturday 22 September 2018;
  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • sandpit, water play;
  • next to Pavilion cafe;
  • picnic tables;
  • toilets nearby (but not right next to playground);
  • Nature Play Spring school holiday activities daily Saturday 22 September 2018 – 7 October 11-2pm
  • Healesville Sanctuary general admission includes Nature Play and associated activities.
  • Kids (4-15 years) enter FREE all school holidays, public holidays and weekends.

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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