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Published September 29th 2010
When's the last time you had fun? I mean real fun – just for fun! While Funfields in Whittlesea will have the kids whooping for joy, it also offers plenty of opportunities – both wet and dry – for people of all ages to have a good hoot too.
This outdoor family fun park is just 40 minutes from the city. It has, especially for the littlies, a playground, the Funfields Kidzone area, a Jungle Express Train Ride (toot, toot!), go karts and mini bikes.
Given the entry fee gives you all-day access to all rides, it's best to make a full day of it. You can also sizzle some snags in the lovely, leafy bbq area, or grab a bite at the café, for an al fresco lunch for more get-up-and-go.
So, what rides will give the bigger kids – and you – some thrills – and hopefully not too many spills? Well, my favourite is the Alpine Toboggan Slide. Hold on as you're gently owed 400 metres to the top of the mountain – soak up the views, then slide all the way down (with speed controls thankfully).
Then there are the go-karts for some more zipping around – and do try the Thunderdome Track. Swing high in the sky on the Pirate Ship. While I love it, I'm always left with the feeling that I've left my stomach up there somewhere.
Something a little more restful, like a spot of mini-golf on the 18-hole course, is great for a breather. Catch your breath while you can, especially if you're aiming to slippery-slide down any one of four waterslides, or the brand new Wipe Out slide – it's sure to make a splash.
So, what's all this fun going to cost? Well, it largely depends on how tall you are. Truly! Check it out:
142cm or taller, including adults: $31
Between 100cm & 141cm: $25
Under 100cm: Free
While it might initially look like discrimination against the tall and lofty in favour of those of a shorter stature, it actually makes total sense given that your height (and age and other factors in some cases) determines the rides you have access to. Check out important ride restrictions designed to keep us and our families safe.