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Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
Coburg Lake Reserve
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Coburg Lake Reserve

Coburg Lake Reserve is an absolutely beautiful park to visit! We went on a sunny day and the walk down to the equipment area was so stunning! The dappled light coming through the tall leafy trees was so picturesque – it felt like I was in another country… not Coburg! The park is situated off Gaffney Street, with car parking available off Lake Grove.

We visited the rocket ship playground, however there is also an all abilities playground further along – I’ll have to take the kids to that one another day. There’s a lot to do at this playground with two main structures. The most impressive by far is the rocket ship like tower which has two large slides curling out of it and several climbing entry points. The smaller cubby house is suitable for the younger kids and it’ll keep them entertained for hours! There’s a slide, talking poles, telescope and many other imaginative play features. I’d love one of these in the backyard! Scattered around the large tan bark area is a nest swing, two spring rockers, monkey bars, a wooden bridge, two more slides, two swings (one baby), a roundabout and balance pole.

If the kids can tear themselves away from the play equipment there’s a large flock of ducks and pigeons waiting to be fed along the banks of the lake, it’s an idyllic scene. There’s lots of scattered park benches and a group of picnic tables to the side, however the grass is lush and inviting and I saw many people spread out on picnic blankets or rugs. Drinking fountains and public toilets make this playground a perfect place to spend a day out with the kids. Highly recommended!

Details:
2A Gaffney Street, Coburg North

 

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H. Swain Reserve
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H. Swain Reserve

This awesome park was recommended to me by a friend, which was lucky as I would never have found it otherwise! It’s in the sides streets off Gilbert Road, right down the Preston end before you get to the round about. You can approach the park from a few directions and there is plenty of off street parking.

The park itself is situated in a beautiful green reserve with lots of tall trees providing plenty of shade. It’s quite a distance from the road so you don’t have to worry if you have kids who like to run off. Upon approach there is a half size basketball/netball court with rings. The main play area is covered in tan bark and features a large play structure with forts in two heights. There’s slides, a rock wall feature, a tunnel, balancing poles, monkey bars and a chalk board. Scattered around the area is a spinning merry go round, natural sandpit, four swings (1 baby one), a large nest swing, a suspended see saw, wooden train, bouncing spring animals and a large pyramid shaped climbing rope structure.

There’s plenty of park benches dotted around the reserve and a few picnic tables near the action. Large flat rocks provide more seating for impromptu picnics and balancing. I saw a water fountain near the basketball courts, but no public toilets unfortunately. I suppose you could dash out to Gilbert Road and visit one of the nearby cafes/restaurants for a quick coffee/toilet stop.

Address:
93 Oakover Road, Preston 3072

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J.S. Grey Reserve

This great little park has been a favourite with my little ones for years. It’s situated off Gilbert Road on the corner of Regent Street, right next door to J.S. Grey Kindergarten and the Maternal Health Centre. It’s particularly great for the younger kids as the main equipment is fenced off and the structures are not too high.

There’s a couple of slides, climbing and sliding poles, a small tunnel and the ubiquitous naughts and crosses. Across the tan bark there is a small see saw, two small rocking animals and two swings (1 baby seat). There’s also a great shaded sail over the sandpit and picnic bench. Seating is in the form of wooden benches along the garden beds and another single park bench near the main structure.

Outside the fenced area is a nest swing and small semi circle basketball court and ring. The surrounding park comprises of inviting lush green grass, a gas BBQ, drinking fountain and public toilets. On a sunny day you’ll spot many mother’s groups lounging about with their babies on blankets underneath the huge trees. It’s a little oasis on the corner of the two streets and surprisingly I don’t notice the traffic when I’m at the park.

Of course one of the best things about this playground is that there are not one but two great cafes across the road! There’s Jackson Dodds and Cheshire, where you can pick up a take away coffee and muffin and then hit the park! Or you could dine in at the child friendly Jackson Dodds, where they have a box of toys to keep the little ones entertained! I’ll post more about them soon!

Address:
Corner of Gilbert & Murray Roads, Preston 3072

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Heide Museum – Art bubs sculpture park

Put this one down in the diary! The Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen is having an interactive tour for parents and carers with their toddlers (aged between 2 – 5 years). How fantastic?! I love art, and any activity that encourages my kids to share in this passion with me gets my tick of approval!

The morning consists of a guided tour through the sculpture park, a delicious morning tea from Cafe Heide (sign me up!), drawing and other art activities for the little ones.

I can’t wait!

Tickets can be purchased through the Heide website

Details
Date:
15 March 2017
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Pricing: Adult $35, Concession $32, Children are free
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC (Assemble at Heide III Information Desk)

Image credit: Heide Museum of Modern Art

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J.E. Moore Park, Reservoir
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J.E. Moore Park, Reservoir

This park is situated right at the end of Gilbert Road where you can turn onto Edwardes Street. In fact it’s often overlooked, as the larger and more impressive Edwardes Lake Park is just across the road, however it means this park is mostly very quiet and the kids have all the equipment to themselves!

The updated metal play structures are fairly standard and include a smaller section for the little kids and a much larger one for the older kids. There are slides, climbing bars, large threaded beads, a chain bridge, monkey bars and a flying fox. Nearby are also two swings and what appear to be chin up bars on the tan bark.

There’s a couple of park benches, but no drinking fountains or toilets. Although there is a 7/11 just a short distance away and public toilets at the larger park across the road. Next door to the play equipment is an oval where local footy and cricket it played on the weekends, plus I spotted some brand new cricket nets when I drove past recently. There’s definitely a lot of grass for the kids to run around or kick a ball in and plenty of large trees for shade.

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Darebin Community & Kite Festival 2017

Every year I see the kites in the air and the crowds walking down to Edwards Lake Park but we’ve always been busy with something else on the day. This year I’m saving the date for the Darebin Community & Kite Festival, it looks like so much fun for the kids!

Edwards Lake Park is such a great location with a wonderful playground, plenty of space to run around and lots of green grass to have a picnic on. This years event has a range of performances, workshops, community stalls, food, drinks, a pet expo, storytelling corner and of course the main event – kite flying! There’s lots on offer for the whole family and if you don’t have a kite you can make one on the day, awesome!

Fingers crossed for a beautiful day, gather your friends and family, pack a picnic rug or two and check out the festival. What a wonderful community event!

Festival details:
Date:
26 March 2017
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Edwards Park Lake, Reservoir
Cost: Free

Image credit: Darebin Community & Kite Festival

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HP Zwar Park, Preston

This awesome park is a firm favourite! Situated on the corner of Cramer Street and Jessie Street in Preston, it’s right next door to the Melbourne Polytechnic Campus. There’s plenty of car parks around, although during study hours they get full pretty quick. I’ve always managed to find one close by though. There is fencing around the park, however it’s not really designed to keep the kids in, they’re more of a barrier with gaps to walk through. The play equipment is quite far away from the road though so you don’t need to worry.

The park itself is in such a gorgeous setting with lots of lush green grass and tall palm trees. The structures are made out of plastic and metal with lots of activities to keep the kids entertained. The section for the younger kids has a slide, climbing net/tower, green tunnel, climbing wall, steps, balancing stools, monkey bars, large threaded beads and naughts and crosses. Tan bark provides a soft landing for any falls.

Next to this there’s a blue spinning pod, a spring see saw, swings and a red train. My kids could have played for hours in that train!

The older children’s play structure includes a double slide, climbing tower, rock climbing walls, nets and balancing pods.

It’s a great spot for a picnic or BBQ. There are picnic tables scattered around the park as well as a gas BBQ, water tap, bin and picnic table under a shaded pavillion. I didn’t see any toilets close by however I have overheard people talking about some near the cricket oval to the left. I have yet to look for these.

Remember to bring a picnic and a rug, you’ll want to stay here for a while!

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Ceres Harvest Festival

CERES or the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies is a community based, not-for-profit, sustainability centre. They are located on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick with an aim to bringing together people who want to share ideas and collaborate towards a sustainable way of life.

They have several social enterprises which not only educate and provide support to various programs but they enable the centre to be self sufficient and independent. These include Fair Food, where fresh food and groceries can be purchased, picked up or delivered. Last week I had my first delivery and I have to say I was impressed with the quality and variety of my mixed fruit and veg box. The produce was so fresh and a week later I am still getting through it! Other enterprises include a nursery, organic grocery, Merri Table (cafe), Global travel programs and venue hire.

On Saturday 25th March 2017 they are having a Harvest Festival from 10am – 3pm. They will be “celebrating and giving thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons”. Activities include a bake and bottle competition, a giant vegetable growing competition, The Urban Farmer book launch, Honey Lane Hives display, a festival market, food stalls, performers, musicians and workshops. It sounds like a lovely day out and a great opportunity to teach the kids about sustainability and where our food comes from.

Details:
Entry is $5 and kids are free.
All proceeds go towards CERES.

More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Image credit: CERES

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Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town!

Silver’s Circus are celebrating 40 years under the big top and they will be in the northern suburbs, specifically Plenty Valley and Wallan, throughout February.

There are day time and evening shows featuring acrobatics, magicians, trapeze artists, illusions, clowns, motorbikes, jugglers plus many more. How fabulous! There looks like something for the whole family!

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster with prices starting at $25 for children up to $45 for adults. Note that pricing varies for ringside, elevated chairs and side chairs. More details here.

 

Image credit: Silver’s Circus.

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Wright St Reserve, Reservoir
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Wright St Reserve, Reservoir

This little gem of a playground is situated in the quiet back streets of Reservoir, next door to the Reservoir & Preston Senior Citizens Centre. I happened to stumble across it when I was driving back from the Reservoir shops and decided to take a detour. It’s a fabulous playground with lots to play for all ages.

The reserve is quite large with a fair amount of green grass and open space. It’s an ideal place to have a picnic and there’s plenty of shade underneath the tall gum trees. There’s one picnic table and a few park benches scattered about, but I would be more than happy to bring along a picnic rug and set up under a tree. Unfortunately there’s no toilets or drinking facilities here, and the park isn’t fenced, however it is set pretty far back from the road.

The play stuctures look quite new and are made mainly of wood. It’s so much nicer compared to the plastic fantastic primary coloured designs you normally see! Little ones as well as bigger kids are accommodated for with two slides and lookout towers, a wooden bridge, monkey bars, balancing poles, a fake clock, large threaded plastic beads, naughts and crosses, various climbing entry points and a spiders web. There’s also a nest swing and 4 normal swings (1 baby seat), as well as a four seat see saw, a rocker and a running wheel.

As it’s in the back streets it is quite secluded and quiet. A nice change for a playground and perfect for my kids who are a bit timid when there’s lots of boisterous kids around! It’s already become a favourite!

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