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G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
G.E. Robinson Park
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G.E. Robinson Park

G.E. Robinson Park is located in Reservoir on the corner of High Street and Garden Street. The park itself is quite large, grassy and well shaded by lots of trees. The playground equipment unfortunately has no shade, so remember to wear a hat and sunscreen.

The equipment features two structures, one for the older kids and another one for the younger kids. There’s plenty of climbing features, two slides and two swings (1 baby). A couple of spring bouncers are popular with the little ones, and what looks like a yellow metal ladder that’s been folded into a wave provides younger kids with the opportunity to climb and not fall very far. The coolest feature however would have to be the egg cubby which has bench seating within it.

The park also has three tennis courts and the toilets are available when the tennis club is in use. There’s picnic tables, a drinking fountain and plenty of bench seating scattered around. I find this playground a nice place to stop off after a trip to the nearby Reservoir shops.

Details:
Address: Garden Street, Reservoir

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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery
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Melbourne Museum – children’s gallery

We went to the new Pauline Gandel children’s gallery within the Melbourne Museum and it was fantastic! I already knew a little bit about it from the photos I’ve seen online, but I was blown away by how good it was for the little ones. It truly exceeded my expectations!

The gallery is aimed at children from babies to 5 year olds and it is an amazing space for them to explore, play and learn. There is all manner of objects, colours, textures, animals, sounds, buttons, puzzles and books for them to discover. With a combination of hands-on exploration and discovery, open-ended play-based learning, immersive environments and unique objects your little ones will be intrigued, amazed and surprised… I certainly was!

The beginning of the gallery space features a walk through mini subway station. As you make your way through, the tiles change colour and pulse with light, the kids loved running through this! A mini train greets you at the end and you find you have entered a children’s wonderland filled with an array of interactive walls, pods, booths and tables. My kids loved touching the illustrated wall to watch it light up with cute animations. It was very hypnotic and cool. Moving through to the larger open space we were greeted with a mini disco to the left and two large giraffes on the right – standing watch over a large climbing structure and a myriad of interactive stations. There were lots of kids running around, screaming, jumping, pulling ropes, dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. What a sight! There was so much to see and do my little ones didn’t know where to look or start! Take a look at my photos as words can not explain how much there is to see and do!

Once you have finished exploring inside make your way to the garden. Here kids can explore nature, discover hiding mice and lizards (fake ones!), pretend to be paleontologists and discover fossils in the large sandpit, have fun with the water feature or touch and discover the large variety of rocks and plants. It’s a beautiful nature inspired space. There’s lots of benches for weary parents to sit and relax on too!

The gallery has two cafes, so you can refuel without leaving the building. We ate at the Museum Market Cafe and there were lots of healthy options such as sandwiches, salads, fruit salad, yoghurt, homemade pastries, plus cute cardboard dinosaur lunch boxes for the kids which had a sandwich and a biscuit in it. They offer free water, high chairs and a microwave to heat up bottles etc. Toilets have change tables and nursing facilities plus there’s lots of room for prams – although these were parked just outside the main gallery play area.

It’s very easy to spend quite a few hours here, my advice it to try and get there earlier as it starts to get very crowded later in the day. Check out the gallery for all the pics!

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Royal Park Nature Playground
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Royal Park Nature Playground

The Royal Park Nature Playground in Parkville is already well documented, but for those who are new to the area this park is simply wonderful. It was awarded the title of best playground by the Australian Institute for Landscape Architects in 2016 and rightly so! The park is designed with nature in mind and it encourages children to explore their surroundings and take risks.

The park features trees, grasslands, gullies, nooks, rocks and even a large hill to climb (the view is well worth the effort!). According to the signage within the park the different areas of the landscape are inspired by the seven seasons of the Wurundjeri, the traditional owners of this land. A map details where you can observe the changes in the season as they emerge throughout the year.

The play structures are mostly constructed from natural materials, blending in with the surrounds. It’s such a nice change to the brightly coloured ones you normally see. There are climbing logs – criss-crossed and linked with rope netting, sandpits, metals rings, structures to climb and crawl through plus a large wooden play area with ropes of various lengths suspended around. On the day we visited it was very busy and full of kids hanging, swinging, balancing and climbing! There’s also the obligatory slides and swings and these are nicely integrated into the landscape.

The water play area was the most popular with my kids and it consisted of several fountains shooting water into the air, a large water pump, several hand pumps, channels and dams all leading to a sandpit… it’s fantastic! My advice is to bring some bathers and a towel – they will get wet!

There’s picnic tables and benches scattered around but you could easily perch on one of the many large stepping stone rocks or bring a picnic rug and set up on the grass under the trees. Public toilets and drinking fountains are readily available so you could make a whole day of it, believe me the kids won’t want to leave!

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Doug Hull Adventure Park – Coburg

The Doug Hull Adventure Park is easily accessed via Carr Street, however you can also walk to it from the main playground at the Coburg Lake Reserve. In fact on a nice day it’s a pleasant stroll along the footpath and underneath the huge leafy trees.

The park itself is situated at the top of a hill and you can look out over the Merri Creek below. To be honest this park is not as exciting as the main rocket ship playground and understandably it was empty on the day we visited! However there is still plenty to do and a variety of equipment. These include a slide, climbing tower, rock wall, balancing beams, a bridge, swings, a train with steering wheel and threaded beads, monkey bars, flying fox, fireman’s pole, two spring bouncers and a balancing surfboard.

There’s plenty of shade, a picnic table, drinking fountain and a gas BBQ. Public toilets however are a short walk away near the car park on Lake Grove. Bring along a picnic rug and spread out under the trees and don’t forget to bring a towel if your little ones are going to explore the creek nearby.

Details:
Address: Carr Street, Coburg North

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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

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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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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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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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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