There are a number of parks and gardens around the south-eastern suburbs where you can take the younger kids during their school holidays. There are also small playgrounds with slides and swings as well, as those parks with small areas of Australian bushland. They are all great for taking the kids for a picnic lunch and giving them the space to run around in the fresh air and to have fun.
However, I was waylaid and fascinated to see the old pine trees that used to grace Park Crescent had been cut down. The council however had obviously taken the opportunity to have the bases of the old pine trees formed into many faceted sculptures.
If you're looking for something out of the ordinary for your smaller kids to see and do, why not equip them with a clipboard and pencil (biro) each and see how many different things they can find on each of the large tree sculptures. I lost count myself but I'm sure the kids would find many more than I was able to find during my walk around Park Crescent.