This week my daughter and I stumbled upon an awesome little playground in Willagee that also happens to be situated opposite a great little café. Play and coffee – it’s a win-win for kids and parents alike.
The playground incorporates lots of nature play with sensory play. There are play structures, a birds nest swing, a basketball court plus football (AFL) goalposts if you want to kick the footy around.
The nature play area has water play, a large slide, balance beams and logs, a tree deck and rope play. The playground is surrounded by natural bush and native plants and there is an apparent ‘bush tucker’ theme throughout the park.
The playground is not gated. There is a path surrounding the park which is perfect for bikes, scooters, skateboards, prams and wheelchairs.
If you’ve got a table tennis set at home, take it along to the park as it is home to an outdoor ping-pong table. If that sounds a bit too sporty, there is also a hammock-style swing that you and the kids can lay down on and have a swing, just for something a little different.
You will find lots of shaded spots dotted around the park, including two separate picnic areas with undercover tables and benches. With plenty of spots for prams, it’s no surprise that when we visited there was a large mother’s group parked up, enjoying the shade. The playground also has toilets and change facilities.
Carawatha playground has several bits of external gym gear to have a workout on, making it a fantastic park for young and old. This area is separate from the rest of the playground.
If you’re looking for an awesome little park to take the kids to with lots of different activities, Carawatha Park is a great mixture of nature and sensory play and there are activities to suit just about every age group.