I am always looking for new things to experience with our family. There is so much out there and it would be great to share some of our weekend adventures.
Published July 31st 2014
A playground that can take you to infinity and beyond
If your kids fancy intergalactic adventures and technologies beyond the earth's atmosphere, then the Ray Bastin Reserve is the place to visit. Ray Bastin features loads of play opportunities and interstellar delights.
The kids can tell Captain Kirk to step aside and Dr. Spock to live long and prosper as they take control of the starship and steer it past meteorites.
The kids can also get the opportunity to climb inside a rocket launcher and ascend into space. As they explore the Milky Way, they can slide down a large twisty wormhole slide portal to escape any nasty extra terrestrial lifeforms. The rocket launcher is in the central area and has lots of tunnels, walkways and ladders. There is even an area where the kids can refuel their ship and continue on the voyage of discovery.
A moon buggy is available for the kids to trek in and avoid craters and shoot their way out of trouble. They can also use it to escape the huge worm in the centre area if they can't be beamed up in time.
There are other interesting items in the space themed playground such as a rope climbing frame, swings, spinners, stepping stones, a big sandpit and some space rockers that look just like speeder bikes from Star Wars. There is also some cool periscopes where the kids can do some stargazing as well.
This playground is well spaced out and also has BBQ facilities, sunshade, ample car parking, seats and tables. However, there was only one toilet which did not have a door when we visited (perhaps destroyed by some nasty alien life forms that also love graffiti!) Adjacent to the park is a sensory trail as well as a skate park and BMX track.
Although we loved the innovative space themed play equipment, this park does feel a little weathered and would be great if it got a bit of a mini make over. None-the-less, the kids had a fantastic cosmic playtime.