A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published March 13th 2019
A nature-themed playground ticks all the right boxes
There's a new playground in town and it's a corker! Those local to Frankston will already know of the George Pentland Botanic Gardens - an escape from the busyness of Frankston town centre since 1975. But did you know that the original playground located in the Gardens has very recently been upgraded and the new playground is a fantastic addition to the already popular picnic spot? The upgrade was completed at the start of the year and features some great pieces of play equipment, all thoughtfully set amidst carefully planned paths and garden beds.
Take some time out whilst your small people explore the playground
The main structure features a hollow 'tree' as the centrepiece, with various climbing and sliding opportunities. My four and six-year-olds spent ages running themselves ragged on this and thought it was wonderful. There are swings, a large sandpit and an accessible roundabout (flush with the ground so tots in strollers and wheelchair users should be able to climb aboard). Opportunities for imaginative play are also present; a boat-shaped structure for sea-faring adventures, a meeting place complete with campfire and be sure to look out for the giant redback spider and larger-than-life lizard!
One of the larger and more unusual structures is a huge, thick rope suspended from a frame which can accommodate over 10 children at a time, either sitting or standing. The children use their weight to rock and then swing the rope into action as they soar forwards and backwards. This is a very popular piece of apparatus and if you're lucky your child might stay on it long enough for you to drink a whole coffee, or even read a chapter of your book. Another favourite is an over-sized see-saw, again accommodating a multitude of children at once. As you clamber up from one end of the see-saw, the other end bangs down with a thud sending tremors through anyone on it at the time. Just be careful of little fingers getting caught as it comes down.
There are plenty of opportunities for climbing and sliding
There is a large, new toilet block close to the playground and a huge new barbecue shelter, which is often playing host to birthday parties. Don't forget to check out the rest of the gardens too. A walk around will uncover a large pond, plenty of flora and fauna and much to my boys' delight, some very climbable trees. If you fancy a day out in the fresh air, be sure to check out this excellent newcomer to the playground scene.
There are several great trees for climbing in the Botanic Gardens