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HOT: Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

pirate ship playground

The popular pirate ship playground in Aberfeldie/Moonee Ponds is now open after an upgrade in January 2018.

The playground is now almost double the size, with redesigned parking, a new tower slide and rope climbs suitable for older children, improved picnic areas with barbecues, a scooter path around the perimeter and new garden beds and lawn areas.

pirate ship playground

pirate ship playground

The timber playground dubbed the ‘Black Sapphire’ is still the highlight.

The pirate ship is particularly suitable for 2- 5 year olds because most of the equipment is not too tall or high. Even the little kids can ‘walk the plank’, falling safely onto the soft sand base.

pirate ship playground

Lady AB keeps on yelling ‘ahoy me mateys’ as she races around the decks and there are lots of fun pirate elements on board the boat to encourage imaginative play.

pirate ship playground

You can spin the steering wheel, check out the sheltered ‘Captain’s Quarters’, clang the ship’s bell and look through the telescope.

pirate ship playground

Lady AB and Baby 2.0 spend most of their time doing loops up the ramp then slipping down the slides with gales of laughter.

pirate ship playground

The Pirate Ship Playground is a well-designed setting for active and imaginative fun. All that is missing is the buried treasure…

pirate ship playground moonee ponds

My only niggle is that there’s no shade over the play equipment, which means that visitors are resorting to sheltering under the tree shade, which is right in the middle of the garden beds. Those poor plants are never going to survive being trampled on day after day!

For more pirate-themed fun check out Rob Dore Reserve, Peter Scullin Reserve, Lara Pool, Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre and Riverside Green in Brisbane.

HOT Tips:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • some natural shade from trees but not over play equipment;
  • sand play;
  • water taps;
  • scooter track;
  • public toilets;
  • not fenced;
  • shelters with picnic tables and barbecues; and
  • free parking.

Pirate Ship Playground, Riverside Park, 118 The Boulevard, Aberfeldie

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

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

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; 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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