I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 2nd 2019
They can swing, climb, slide & enjoy
Organised school holiday activities can be expensive, especially if you have several participants. A no-cost activity is to take the kids on a playground crawl. That is, visit four or five playgrounds on the one day.
How to find them? Select your local area, or anywhere in Melbourne, and open your Melways street directory at your selected location and look for the little green areas that have "play" marked in them.
As an example, I selected the Glen Waverley area, which is close to the centre of the Melbourne metropolitan area. One page covers an area five by four kilometres and I counted 15 green areas with playgrounds.
Come lunchtime, you can have a picnic lunch which you have brought along. You can even get your children's input into organising the picnic lunch, a good lesson in teaching them how to pre-plan and organise things.
I can vouch for the enjoyment the kids will get from the playground excursions. To take photos for some WeekendNotes articles, I recently took my two grandchildren on such an outing. They showed genuine excitement on arriving at each playground and seeing different playground playthings.
Many playgrounds have seats for parents to keep watch on their charges. Bring a book or magazine, and a thermos of coffee and join them in enjoying the day. And don't forget to bring water for the kids as playing can be thirst inducing.