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What’s on: Friday 22 – Thursday 28 September

Here’s our list of what’s on in the North this week!

Friday 22 September

Coburg Carnivale

Paddock to Plate, The Food Truck Park

 

Saturday 23 September

Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market, Abbotsford Convent

Coburg Farmers’ Market

Fringe event: Cha-cha-change it up, North Melbourne

Fringe event: The I Hate Children Children’s Show, Collingwood

Kids Craft Classes, Preston Market

Fringe event: Trash Test Dummies, North Melbourne (23-30 September)

Fringe event: Hazel’s Circus Suitcase (23-30 September)

Melbourne Museum school holiday activities (23 September – 8 October)

Winnie the Pooh teddy bears picnic, The Little Bookroom

Coburg Carnivale

Paddock to Plate, The Food Truck Park

 

Sunday 24 September

‘Draw and Listen’ – Free Children’s Concert, Abbotsford Convent

Fringe event: The Children’s Party, North Melbourne

Melbourne Museum family day, Carlton

Paddock to Plate, The Food Truck Park

 

Monday 25 September

Studio Magnifica school holiday program, Coburg (25 September – 6 October)

Fringe event: Scott’s BMX Trick Bike Show, North Melbourne (25-28 September)

 

Tuesday 26 September

Kids writing workshop with Meredith Costain, The Little Bookroom

Scarecrow Making at Northcote Library

Book Picnic, Eltham Library

 

Wednesday 27 September

University of Melbourne Farmers’ Market

NBFC Footy Activation Zone, Preston Market

Kiddyrock Workshop, The Little Bookroom

School Holiday Wednesday Train Rides, Diamond Valley Railway Inc

Springtime Craft Spectacular – School Holiday Program, Eltham Library

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Thursday 28 September

DIY Suncatchers, Eltham Library

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Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
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Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn

This awesome playground is designed in the theme of the local Golden Sun Moth. The play area is divided into two sections, one for kids aged 1-4 years and the other for kids aged 5 years and older. Without a doubt, the star of the playspace is the main structure which has been created in the shape of a Golden Sun Moth… it’s so cool!!! Kids can climb up the moth legs, slide down its tail, climb into its rope belly or hang out in it’s head! Fun!

There are two structures suitable for younger kids and they feature climbing points, a wooden bridge, a slide and wide walkways. Great for exploring! Scattered around the accessible play area are a variety of activities such as a spinning rope pod, two huge rope pyramids – which are quite high, a spinner, a circular disc spinner, swings, rockers, a spinning cup, a huge nest swing and a cool flying fox.

There’s seating scattered around the play area which are great for impromptu snacks. Plus there’s an undercover picnic area with BBQ’s, tables and seats right next to a big grassy area, public toilets and water fountains. You could easily spend a whole day here! My kids are already asking when can we return?!

Details:
Address: 327 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn

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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg

Possum Hollow is a fun little playground in Heidelberg. It’s situated among the parklands where walking trails and the Yarra River wind through. The surrounding environment is beautifully integrated into the play area with lots of tall trees, grass and native plants.

The playground is spread over a large space with most activities suitable for younger kids. There’s the usual slides and swings, a climbing wall with ropes for kids to pull themselves up with, a wooden bridge, a roundabout and a rock wall. In the middle there is a spider web rope structure which is low to the ground – so there’s no need to worry about falls!

Further along is a cool open space underneath huge gum trees with cement tiles arranged into small paths. My kids loved jumping on them, counting and reciting the shapes and colours. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the simplest things can keep kids attention for the longest?! There’s also a couple of open framed cubby houses nearby… perfect for imaginary forts and castles. Towards the back, behind the native shrubs, you’ll find a cool double flying fox and a basketball court which would suit older kids.

The whole playground is fenced in and it would be a lovely spot to have a party as you don’t have to worry about kids running outside. There’s picnic tables, BBQ facilities, drinking taps and public toilets. If the kids get tired of the playground you could also check out the nature trail just outside. It’s an entertaining play area set within a beautiful natural bush environment.

Details:
Address: Beverley Road, Heidelberg

 

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Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
Royal Park Nature Playground
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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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All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
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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
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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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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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HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
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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
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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