If you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house these school holidays, or any weekend for that matter, suburban parks are always a great idea. Just add a milkshake or babycino on the way home and that there is kiddie/mummy heaven.
Who remembers the adventure, fun and variety of a pub crawl with your friends when you were 21? While a cup of tea and annelette PJs are my options of choice on a Saturday night these days, the equivalent kind of pub-crawl adventure for our kids (sans-beer and cigarette smoke in your hair, of course), is the ‘park crawl’.
While there are many big-ticket parks around, they also attract hoards of kids and sometimes chaos. Some of the smaller, less-well-known suburban parks can be better, less crazy options. If you can string together a few parks in the one outing, and a trip to a local café on the way home, you’ve got the ultimate park crawl for little kids and big kids too.
Majestic Park, Coorparoo
My kids call this one ‘The Dragon Park’ for the dragon-shaped play equipment in one corner. The reason this park is so good is that it incorporates everything; a neat little playground with all the essentials for adventure, a rock climbing wall, undercover eating, public barbecue, a massive oval with cricket pitch perfect for spontaneous ball games with other random park-goers, and a smooth, wide concrete bike/ scooter path right around the oval’s perimeter. Parents can watch their kids zoom around and around that path from any vantage point within Majestic Park. It’s the perfect energy-burner. When the jacarandas are in season, this park is Instagram heaven. Find it on Pelham St, Coorparoo.
Glindemann Park, Holland Park
OK, I’m biased. This park is named after my family so I love it for personal reasons, but it is actually a really good fun park for the kids with loads of variety. A couple of minutes’ drive from Majestic Park (above), it’s a long rectangular park bordered on its two main sides by Logan Rd and Lawn St, Holland Park. There is play equipment and parking on both sides, with different themes. The wooden pirate ship on Lawn St is great for the little ones while the Logan Rd side is skewed to the slightly older ones with its big climbing ‘spider’s web’, basketball half court, undercover eating areas, barbecues and shady spots for picnic rugs. And you’ll find great coffee and cafes for snacks just up the road in Holland Park central. Winning.
John Laws Park, Burleigh Heads
If you want to take in one of the most breathtaking and inspiring views while you keep an eye on your kids as they play, then John Laws Park is the place to do it. Right atop Burleigh Headland, you can see all the way to Surfers Paradise as the kids slip and swing their way to bliss. The grassy hill is made for picnic rugs. Just add a hot takeaway beverage. Find it at Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads.
Justins Park, Burleigh Heads
Around the corner from John Laws Park (above), Justins Park has more play equipment than you can poke a stick at – oh, and you are right on the beachfront here so the sand and saltwater
is a bonus to really tire them out. Picnic tables and park bench seats make
it comfortable and easy. In fact, a trip to Justins Park is a park crawl in itself. Get onboard the wide Oceanway path that cuts a swathe through this park and you can access five separate kiddie parks along a 2km stretch. Now that’s convenient park crawling! Find it on The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads.
Laguna Park, Palm Beach
For variety and relaxation, Laguna Park at Palm Beach is one of our GC picks. There’s a huge array of interactive and fun equipment for kids of any ages. You’ll nd all the essential adventure playground equipment, pedal-powered monorail, and even a Liberty Swing for kids in wheelchairs. A popular destination for kids’ parties and general celebrations, Laguna Park offers several barbecues, undercover picnic areas and amenity block. Find it at Laguna Ave, Palm Beach.
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