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Published June 11th 2013
Fun places to take the kids on a budget
Are you looking forward to the July school holidays? I am, and I'm on a budget. So to beat the school holiday blues, I've come up with my five top places to take the kids on a fairly modest budget.
1. Tumblers Kids Gym
Inside Riverton Leisureplex is a great option. Entry fee is free for 0-1 year olds, $5.60 for 1-5 year olds and $6.60 for 5-12 year olds. Parents can sign the kids in and go to the cafe or gym at the complex while their kids play. Within Tumblers, kids have their own toilets, water and staff supervise the entry and exit gates to stop any escapees. Tumblers is ideal for children aged 2 to 8 years with the play equipment designed to encourage physical activity they are sure to run off their energy. And, for bonus points, there is NO time limit.
This is fantastic for booking in older children for 2 hours of gymnastical fun. For $14 per session you can book your children in to be guided by a play leader through the jungle gym obstacle course all while learning new skills.
There are lots of nature walks, caves, wildlife, golf, BBQ's, cafes and tours at this park. The wildlife here is amazing with kangaroos bounding around, ducks wandering and parakeets flying about. The kids loved spotting the koalas in the koala enclosure and going inside Crystal Cave, which is $25 for a family for the hour long tour. The gas BBQ's are free and the chocolate kanagroos from the cafe are 50 cents, things like this keep the kids happy all day.
Bring the bikes, scooters, skates, some snacks and a coffee, because this park is awesome to the max. There are winding bike tracks, a secure gated playground, automatic toilets and drink fountains to keep the kids here for hours. This park with its Dr Seuss-like structures, is wheelchair friendly and is free.
Map of the Park
5. Woodbridge Riverside Park, Woodbridge
This large park is huge, it has a secure playground, long walk tracks, it embraces adventure and exploration with its use of natural materials. It has automatic public toilets, picnic areas and lots of parking. This park is wheelchair friendly with wide access gates, walkways and has equipment especially suited for wheelchairs.