Skinners Adventure Playground, South Melbourne

Located:

Skinners Adventure Playground is located within South Melbourne. This is one of a few playgrounds that are staffed within Melbourne. It offers a huge variety of things to do, not just climbing and jumping. Jack loved exploring here. This playground does have open/closed hours, so please check the website or call ahead to make sure they are open. If you are in the area, it’s well worth popping in to have an explore. 

 

Equipment:

I think that there are too many things to even list, plus we visited when Lexi was a few weeks old, so my memory is slightly lacking. There’s a huge variety of imaginative play, jumping, running, ball sports, exploring – basically you name it, and you can find it! 

Jack liked:

Mirka Way, Point Cook

Located:

This playground can be found on the corner of Mirka Way and Rialto Street, within Point Cook. We love a themed playground, and this one is cute for the kids as they play under the flight paths of the planes from the nearby RAAF Base.  I still have yet to take the kids to the museum at the RAAF Base, reminder, must do! 

 

Equipment:

  • plane themed climbing structure
    • seat to fly the plane accessed by climbing net
    • small enclosed slide at rear of plane
    • 2 tunnels as engine mounts
  • sandpit
  • nest swing and other swings

Jack liked:

Sitting in the cockpit! However, he was nervous getting to the area the first time. We visited here in March 2019, and Jack was 4 years 4 months old. He has days where he is confident, and days where he’s not so. This playground doesn’t have a lot to do for children that lack confidence in climbing and navigating the nets. 

Horace Street, Point Cook

Located:

On the corner of Horace Street and Bensonhurst Parade, in Upper Point Cook.  Parking is plentiful around the playground. The area also has a large grassed area with football goals as well. Also within riding distance is a funky pump/bike track (which Jack loved and is begging to go back to).

 

Equipment:

  • large net climbing structure and attached slide
  • large rope climbing wall
  • mini slides x2
  • swings x2
  • spring see saw
  • bug spring rocker
  • water play
  • bridge
  • sandpit
  • seated area, not fully covered
  • outdoor gym equipment
  • drinking water tap

Jack liked:

The water play! I don’t know why he loves water, and Melbourne’s weather was not ideal for water play, but still I had to drag him away! 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Upper point cook’s new bike /pump track! Little bit of fun the other day. Jack’s itching to go back. #upperpointcook #parks #playgrounds #biketrack #jackandthebenstalk

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St Leonards Playground

Located:

The fenced playground is located near the main shopping strip of St Leonards, and right next to the boat ramp, on the foreshore. The kids have a great view of the bay as they enjoy the swings. The playground offers a range of basic equipment, but does also offer seating to enjoy a bite to eat. 

 

Equipment:

  • swings x 2
  • 2 climbing structures
    • slide
    • climbing nets
    • balance walks
    • ladders
    • fireman pole
  • 1 spring boat 
  • 1 spinning cup
  • 1 balance post walk
  • 1 double spring perch

Jack liked:

that we grabbed some lunch and ate at the tables within the playground. However he had a nervous time eating as the seagulls are fairly intrusive! Poor little munchkin dissolved into tears whenever the seagulls attempted to steal his chips. We were only here briefly, but enjoyed the day trip, and used the playground as a good excuse to run some energy out before heading back to the car, and home again. 

Aviation Drive Playground, Armstrong Creek

Located:

This was the 3rd playground that we visited within Armstrong Creek, all in the one day! I think Jack may have been well and truly over playing by the time we finished up here. This was a functional little play area, and Jack enjoyed pretending to be a plane running along the landing strip. This little playground is aptly found on Aviation Drive. 

 

Equipment:

  • Swings
  • spring surfboard
  • spring rocker
  • climbing rope structure
  • structure, with slide
  • runway
  • sand play with digger

Jack liked:

He enjoyed pretending to be a plane and he ran up to the climbing structure straight away to have a go. I think he enjoyed playing at an area where no one else was playing, after being at the huge playground down the road where it was so busy!