Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. In my case last week, that curve ball came in the form of a pupil free day on the eve of the long weekend. Whilst I heard some mums happily exclaiming “Yes! No school for four days”, I was quietly shaking in my boots thinking ‘Oh no! No school for four days!’
Luckily for me, my lack of preparation didn't result in the disaster I was expecting. This is largely due to the fact that I live in Perth and only minutes from the lovely Riverside Gardens in Bayswater.
This view is not too shabby!
It is a beautiful thing when you can wake up on a June day and decide to spend the morning in the Park. I packed up the kids and headed down to Riverside Gardens in Bayswater to meet a friend for coffee.
Schools of Early Learning offer education and care for children aged 6 months to 6 years.
We laid out a rug, some snacks and let the kiddies loose to play on the playground, whilst we chatted about very important “secret mums business”.
Not Pictured: A sneaky packet of Monte Carlo’s
For those who haven’t been there before, Riverside Gardens is located in Bayswater with entrances along Milne Street and King Williams Street. It is always high up on our lists of parks to visit as it has little something for everyone.
There is a gated playground for the kids; suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and younger aged primary school children. The playground offers a variety of equipment and features shade sails (in summer), soft fall matting and fencing.
The fencing has provided me with peace of mind on many occasions as it provides some safety from the water’s edge and also some respite from the doggies.
It is a dog park so expect that there will be plenty of them running around and enjoying the open spaces.
The park is located along the edge of the river and there are sandy beaches in some areas. We have seen many families making sand castles and even going for a paddle in summer.
Riverside Gardens Bayswater
In addition to the fenced playground, there are large expanses of lawn suitable for kicking a soccer ball or playing Frisbee. There are also dual bike and pedestrian paths that wind their way through the reserve (be sure to check out the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary). We always make sure we pack a scooter or a bike and make the most of these!
If you are there for the day (and you can easily fill a day), you can use the BBQs and picnic areas provided. There is also The Cool Breeze Café, where the staff are friendly and the coffee is good! The toilet block is located only a short walk from the playground area.
The Cool Breeze Cafe!
If you are wanting a budget-friendly, kid-friendly outing to fill up an unexpected school free day – or even a weekend day, then this is one of the best parks in Perth. It has all the things that I look for in a park; a playground, mandatory coffee van (in this case it’s the Cool Breeze Café), bike paths and an amazing view!
Essential Information: Address: Entrances along Milne Street Bayswater or King William Street Bayswater
Website:Riverside Gardens Bayswater Other info: Water safety alert- the reserve is on the river and you will need to keep an eye on the little ones. It’s a dog friendly park so expect that there will plenty of furry friends. If that’s not your thing then maybe go on a quiet mid-morning during the week.