Play, coffee, ice-cream Quiet park Doesn't get better than that
Relax, watch the kids play, enjoy a coffee, sensational smoothie, fresh pressed juice or indulge and have an ice-cream as the weather heats up at the Kennewell Park, Chapel Hill.
This cute, little park is tucked away behind Brisbane Real Estate on Moggill Road on the Indooroopilly/Chapel Hill border, in Brisbane's west. It is across the road from, and if you ask me, extremely conveniently located near Simon's Gourmet Gallery and Cafe and Baskin Robbins.
The kids and I stumbled across this park after enjoying an All Day Breakfast at Simon's. The coffee was so good that I indulged on a takeaway and we went for a walk to see what was around the area.
We wandered down a narrow path next to Brisbane Real Estate on Witton Road and were surprised to find a shaded playground and gazebo with table and chairs. The area opened up to a huge grassy area lined with trees.
This tree lined path off Witton Road hides this cute playground
The kids ran straight to the playground, climbed up the stairs and clambered through, over and under the climbing tunnel. It amazed me how fascinated they were by the tunnel. It took up a lot of their time as they explored and worked out different ways of getting from one side to the other.
They then hopped down, held onto the tunnel rings and lifted up their legs and used the frame as monkey bars. This was a feat as the tunnel is not that high off the ground!
How much fun can you have on this tunnel? It was a surprising favourite!
I drank my coffee and wandered, checking out the area while the kids burnt off some energy running around the flat, grassy area. There is 1.58 hectares of large, open space and plenty of room to kick a ball, play tag or a have a game of cricket.
Burn off energy, run, play tag or have a game of cricket!
Someone had kindly left two cricket bats, but forgot to leave the balls! I have no idea where the owners went, maybe home or to buy an ice-cream, but the next time the kids and I visited the park they were gone.
One big drawcard was the large swinging seesaw. My youngest felt physics at work and swung high in the air as the eldest climbed on. There was a fair amount of giggling and with a bit of help they bounced up and down as I pulled my youngest's seat down.
The fun really began when I positioned and balanced them both on one seat (with great difficulty!) and I jumped on the other seat! My inner child was set free and the kids laughed hilariously as I jumped up and down. To be fair, I looked ridiculous, but I had thoroughly enjoyed my coffee and quite frankly, didn't care. We bounced up and down and had a ball.
Seesaw - let your inner child free on this seesaw!
If you want to combine your park visit with a swim, the John Carew Swim School is a short 5 - 10 minute walk away. This park is a great place to bring the kids before or after swimming lessons. The pool is also open to the public during lunchtime hours for a small $4 entry fee. The public swimming hours can be found on the websit www.carewswim.com.au/publicswimminghours.pdf
Dogs are welcome as long as they are well behaved, on a leash and you pick up any droppings. The Brisbane City Council has provided a two-level water tap so you and your four-legged family member are well watered.
I have been back to this park a few times with the kids to double check if the tunnel still has its pull and isn't just another shiny (well used!) new thing that will be played with once. I don't know what it is, but they love it and climb, clamber and swing, every time!
What are you waiting for - grab a coffee, smoothie or juice from Simon's, pack a picnic, or grab an ice cream from Baskin Robbins.
Oh, and do not forget to play on the seesaw before you leave!
Why? Playground with large open grassy space for ball games, tag, cricket where you can have a great coffee, smoothie or fresh juice from Simon's Gourmet Gallery and Cafe or indulge in an ice cream from Baskin Robbins. Take your dog.