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National Arboretum Pod Playground

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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
I'm a writer of interactive and normal novels including steampunk fantasy app books set mainly in Australia. Banks
Published January 6th 2015
The playground where you barely touch the ground
The Pod Playground at the National Arboretum is one of the greatest playgrounds in Canberra. It is surrounded by amazing views, and is a work of nature-inspired art in its own right.

It has distinct areas for different ages, but of course the most exciting and famous part of the playground is for older kids (late primary and up - and it is too scary for some kids, who are then stranded and difficult to extract). Kids climb from one themed pod to another through rope tunnels and finally reach an epic curly slide that appears to head straight down into pitch blackness. The down side is that it forms a series of frustrating bottlenecks, which are particularly tense in school holidays or weekends - and the rope ladders prevent all but the most determined adult supervision.

The massive climbing frame is fun, but tends to be ignored in favour of the more unique pod adventure.

There is a medium-sized section with a more straightforward journey up a ladder, through a single pod, and down a normal-sized slide, and on the café end of the playground there is a toddler wonderland of over-sized gumnuts, sand, and unusual musical instruments.

The café has incredible views, delicious food, and high prices.
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Why? Playground Art
When: Anytime
Phone: 13 22 81
Where: The National Arboretum
Cost: Free
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