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The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

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by Lucy Watson (subscribe)
A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published February 25th 2012
In the heart of Melbourne nestles a truly unique playspace, created purely for the young and young at heart. Hidden inside the Royal Botanic Gardens on Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is a mini Eden, guaranteed to keep your little ones entertained for hours.

Checking out the bubbly rock...

The Children's Garden is beautifully landscaped and features a bamboo forest, plant tunnels, a kitchen garden, a wetland area and a meandering waterway running through the garden known as The Rill. On days forecast to exceed 24 degrees, the new fountain feature is turned on. This randomly spurts great jets of water into the air and judging by the delighted squeals of young visitors, is an absolute winner.

Enjoying the new fountains

It's worth arriving early on hot, sunny days in order to stake your claim in the shade before the masses arrive. You are asked not to picnic in The Children's Garden itself, but this request seems to be largely ignored since it can be hard to drag the kids away for lunch. Oh and make sure you pack their bathers or there'll be hell to pay.

Both the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Children's Garden have free entry. However The Children's Garden isn't open every day, so be sure to check opening hours at the RBG website. Extra activities for the littlies are regularly held, such as story and music programmes or nature days, so watch out for details of these on the website too.

This little piece of paradise ticks all of the boxes for a chilled out, hassle free excursion with the family, so put it at the top of your To Do List and score points with the kids.
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Why? Get back to nature
When: Check website for details
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
Cost: Free
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