Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean there’s no adventure to be had. Rug the kids up and check out these magnificent playgrounds – sure to warm them up on a cold winters day. Kids Today reporter MELISSA MEEHAN and her young daughters LILLY AND RUBY tried them out for you.
Botanica Reserve, Chirnside Park
We call it the Pencil Park but Botanica Reserve in Chirnside Park is a wonderful hidden gem!
It’s greatness isn’t a surprise for those who live here, but hidden away in the Cloverlea Estate it’s a wonderful playground for all ages.
It has three swings, a giant slide, a spider web and a spinny thingy. As well as a an obstacle course. It’s also dug deep into the hills – so it feels like it’s fully fenced.
Add in a picnic table and BBQ – what else could you ask for?
9 Botanica Dr, Chirnside Park
Castle Hill Reserve, Mooroolbark
We love a theme park! And Castle Hill Park in Mooroolbark is an absolute fave.
It’s got swings, slides, and TWO castles, (one for the bigger kids, and another for the smaller ones). They’ve got their own boxes of treasure too! A soccer net and basketball ring. Makes it a place for all ages. And the views of the Yarra Valley are spectacular.
Savanna Drive, Mooroolbark
Elizabeth Bridge Reserve, Kilsyth
A park that has it all. This Kilsyth park has a small but great playground fit for most ages. Undercover rotunda, BBQ, lake, a nice path to scooter or ride the bike. It has two slides, four swings, a fun suspension bridge and a fair few tunnel.
Public toilets, picnic shelter and electric barbecue available – great for family gatherings and picnics.
No wonder their hold the annual Kilsyth Festival here (normally in October).
39-47 Durham Rd, Kilsyth
Talaskia Reserve, Ferntree Gully
It’s right in the heart of the Angliss medical precinct, but you’d be forgiven for not realising what a gem of a playground Talaskia Reserve is. The Upper Ferntree Gully playground is smack bang between the Angliss Hospital, a large oval and an open area that is perfect for basketball, or riding your bike or scooter.
The ‘basketball court’, beside the playground, has so many different lines on it – I’m sure some of the parents would be sent back to the days when they fought to win four square championships.
With two slides, two swings, seesaws and a cool scooter track next door – it’s a great park for everyone! It’s even toddler friendly.
TIP: It’s next to Angliss Hospital and a primary school – so parking could be an issue some days. But we had no issues but around drop off and pick up it could be a little busy.
Talaskia Road, Upper Ferntree Gully