Optus Stadium’s facilities for families just keep on growing!
Despite travelling to Optus Stadium several times this year for football and other events, I had NO idea there was a new sensory playground at the stadium.
I came across it while snooping through some Facebook pictures and decided I must pay a visit with my two girls, aged 2 and 4 years. It is perfect for a pre-event play if you are visiting Optus Stadium with children.
We have previously visited the awesome Chevron Parklands, which is located a very short walk away. The Sensory Playground is closer to The Camfield pub and it is not huge, so I suspect it will get very, very busy on AFL game days or other event days.
It is best suited to preschool-aged children, and my two had a blast. It was actually very difficult to get them to leave. The musical play, sand play and diggers were the highlight for my 2-year-old, while the rope-based climbing frame was a favourite for my 4-year-old.
We arrived late morning after a little hiccup with the train ride there. Please do not make the same mistake I did and assume the train will stop there every day. Be sure to check the Transperth website if you plan to take the train.
I did not check, and we got to Cannington (where train replacement buses to Perth were operating from) only to find out trains don’t stop at the Stadium on weekdays (I don’t know about school holidays.) Uggh. So back on the train we got and back to our car. There is free parking at the stadium on non-event days too, by the way.
So after that little detour I was well and truly in need of coffee. Thankfully, the City View Cafe is open weekdays (except event days) from 7am to 3pm. Thank goodness. It is only a short walk from the playground and is easy to access via the lift, if you have a pram.
My children made a beeline for the flying fox, and the older one had a go in the accessible seat, which has a harness. There is also a single, circular seat for older children.
Just be wary if you are by yourself and trying to hoist a 20kg child into the accessible seat. The sandy, steep little platform is slippery and it is hard to get said child into the seat by yourself. But we managed!
My younger daughter loved the roundabout and the musical play. There are mini, in-ground trampolines but when we went these were closed for repairs. There is also a basketball half-court and tripod swing at this end of the playground, plus water fountains and undercover picnic tables.
The rope climbing frame is a great challenge for older toddlers, although the slide is a bit tricky for younger toddlers to get up to. You may have to give them a hand as the ‘steps’ are not very wide and are a bit tricky for little people. But the slide is fun!
There is also a tunnel under the slide. To the side of the tunnel is the sand play area, with some little diggers, plus a spinning seat and an igloo-style house to crawl in and out of.
My children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to this playground, and I will certainly take them again. There are toilets nearby, plenty of parking and options for food and drink at the Camfield and at the City View Cafe. You can also take a walk over the beautiful bridge into East Perth.
Sensory Playground at Optus Stadium Optus Stadium
Victoria Park Drive, Burswood (just outside the Camfield pub)