I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published May 19th 2018
This little adventure park is home to the popular flying fox
When I was growing up, flying foxes were somewhat of a rarity, but now they are popping up all over Perth, even at the smallest of playgrounds, including Percy's Adventure Park in the 'Glades' estate in Byford.
The flying fox at Percy's is popular with kids of all ages!
The Glades is an estate that features the typical, small suburban block and equally small backyard, so naturally, there is a need for plenty of public space for people to play, walk and cycle. Located within a sprawling bushland, Percy's Adventure Park has a few activities for kids of all ages, including the fantastic flying fox, a separate area for younger kids, picnic tables and a half basketball court.
I visited with my children recently and was a bit taken aback when I saw the playground from the front. Adventure Park? Really…? I thought I was at the wrong place as the adventure equipment is somewhat hidden away at the back at the park while the toddler area is at the front, adjacent to Mead Street and is probably what most people (like me) will spot when driving by.
Despite my apprehension we were already here and I promised my children a play at the park, and any parent knows you NEVER GO BACK ON YOUR WORD when it comes to the park, but it turned out this was the right place, so I'm glad we stopped to have a look.
When my daughter saw the flying fox, of course, that's what she wanted to do first. Unlike a lot of Perth's flying foxes, this one had a traditional style, circular seat and not the accessible seats with seat belts and bars and padding – nope, I was the safety gear running alongside her and the mulch below was the padding as she held on for dear life. Then we went again. And again. And again.
There is a small climbing frame suitable for younger children.
Perhaps I'm trying to make up for my flying fox-less youth while my daughters are still far too young to know just how mortifying this is to a child, but of course, I had to have a go. What a thrill! I didn't fall off either, which is a bonus.
Percy's Adventure Park is a great spot to take a walk with the dog or the pram, let the kids ride their bikes or scooters, and have a play. The flying fox is a big drawcard, and it's worth a look if you are in the area.