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McNish Reserve Dinosaur Playground

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published September 21st 2014
Come play with Mimi the Dinosaur outside
Source: Facebook Yarraville Community Gardens


Some kids don't like to go outside and play. They love computers and books and are fascinated by prehistoric creatures.

They love saying their long complicated names and quoting facts about them - about what they ate and where they once roamed the earth.

Source: Facebook Yarraville Community Gardens


But what if they could actually go and clamber on a dinosaur? It seems like a dream too good to be true.

But a giant dinosaur playground has sprung to life. It is the latest attraction at Yarraville Community Gardens and it is going to encourage even book worms and computer nerds out to play.

As they will want to see this.

It is Mimi the Muttaburrasaurus, who stands 3m tall by 6m wide and has just arrived at McNish Reserve in Court St.

But you can do more than just look at her. Kids can climb up into her stomach, make roaring noises through a sound tube in her throat that leads out into her mouth, slide out of her tail and peek out at the world through portholes in her back haunches. Which is as close as they can get to having a dinosaur view of the world.

Source: Facebook Yarraville Community Gardens


They can also go and nest in the giant egg cubbies around her, pretending they are her hatchlings or climb on the ropes on the nearby trees.

The fabulous playground was created by local artists from the ­BiGfiSh Workshop.

The idea came from Medibank who approached Maribyrnong Council with plans to build this $100,000 playground to encourage more outside play for modern youngsters.

For kids who are into dinosaur facts, and many are, this creature is modelled on the Muttaburrasaurus that lived in Australia 32 million years ago.

It is based on the skeleton that was found in Queensland in the 1960s and is named after the town of Muttaburra. Hence the unusual name.

Yarraville itself is worth the trip. There are great cafes and shops and the old Sun is a wonderful atmospheric Art Deco Cinema with great shows on for kids. Once they finish playing outside of course!
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Why? Because lots of kids love dinosaurs
Where: McNish Reserve Playground
Cost: FREE
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