Kids of all ages love to play. Canberra has some great parks, playgrounds and gardens where the whole family can walk, run, swim, climb, ride or picnic, get up close and personal with animals or just sit still and watch the world go by. There is something for all tastes, no matter what the season!! Whether its playing sport, visiting a park or the beach, petting an animal or ‘tearing it up” at an awesome playground. Here is a selection of places for you to try!
The National Arboretum Canberra
A massive botanical garden with a focus on trees. The Arboretum is the most renowned of all the Canberra parks and a must visit for enthusiasts. You can visit 94 different types of forest and see lovely sculptures, enjoy the shop and the cafe. They have heaps of kid’s activities too.
Cockington Green Gardens
Features a model village and miniatures of iconic buildings from around the globe.
This is one for the whole family with miniature cricket grounds for the budding sports players, fairy-tale castles for the Princesses in training and fascinating replicas of international architecture for the ‘culture vultures’.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Tidbinbilla is without a doubt a place not to be missed in the Nation’s Capital. Explore more than 20 marked walking trails, ranging from an easy 15-minute stroll to an all-day bushwalk.
Some of the most popular trails allow for glimpses of platypus, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus and many other birds and reptiles.
Once you arrive at Tidbinbilla you need to go into the visitor’s information centre and pay $11.00 – this is money well spent as you can spend a whole day exploring the reserve.
Boundless Playground in Kings Park, just off Kings Avenue Bridge
The fully secured playground has a massive fort, a glider, a maze, giant swings and even water cannons. Ramp access, low swings and loads of sensory features are throughout the playground making it inclusive for all ages and abilities.
The playground is not far from the National Carillion so you will be able to time how long you have been at the playground by listening to the chiming bells every quarter of an hour!
Commonwealth Park and Tunnel Playground – Albert St, Parkes
This 34.5 ha park is home to interesting sculptures, hidden walks and ponds as well as lots of perfect picnic spots with BBQ facilities available. (It’s also the home of Floriade in Spring.) The “Tunnel Playground” is a like an underground playground, where kids can crawl through stone tunnels and also up and over them.
The Pod Playground
Canberra’s coolest and most unique playground (and probably the most expensive as it cost 3 million bucks to build!).
The central feature of the playground is the Pods otherwise known as acorns and banksia huts. It’s a multi age playground so your big kids can climb through the acorns in the sky, and your little kids can play in the banksia huts on the ground.
There are rope tunnels and tube slippery slides connecting all of the acorns as well as port holes for kids to see out of – the views over the surrounding Arboretum are spectacular. If your kids get stuck up in one of the acorns, you need to be slim in the hips to get up there and get them down!
Back down on earth little ones will love playing with the musical instruments in the banksia huts and mucking around in the sand pits as well as crawling and climbing all over the intriguing natural sculptures located throughout the playground.Weston Park – Weston Park Rd, Yarralumla
This park has been a favourite with families for many years. Located on the water, it has a beach, cycle tracks, picnic shelters, BBQs, toilets, a pretty cool playground and a miniature railway. All of the play equipment is spread out so you don’t feel as though you are too crowded. The kids will love playing with the mechanical sand diggers, climbing on the rope tower and yelling through the speaker phones.
Glebe Park – Coranderrk St, Civic
Located near Canberra’s premier shopping and dining precinct Civic, a visit to the beautiful leafy Glebe Park is a good bribery tool to use on your kids so that they behave themselves whilst you are window shopping in the Canberra Centre!
The park contains loads of green space to run around, a rotunda and a very good playground. The playground has swings, slippery slide, a fort and climbing frames. There are ten gates located throughout the park and they are all named after historic places or people. So, if you have older kids send them off on a little exploration to see who can find them all first.